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What to Consider When Buying a New or Used Trawler Yacht

A full or semi-displacement hull and a design that is similar to commercial fishing boats characterize trawler yachts. Trawlers have excellent sea-keeping abilities, making them ideal for boaters who desire making long passages to more remote boating destinations. Their seaworthy hulls and spacious interiors provide a comfortable home on the water, making them attractive live-aboard vessels.

Trawlers vary greatly in their size, design, amenities, and fuel efficiency. Here are few tips to help you make a better buying decision when looking for the perfect Trawler.

Identify Your Needs

The best way to narrow down which style Trawler is right for you is to clearly define how you intend to use the vessel. Are you looking to do coastal or extended cruising? Do you intend to live aboard full time, part time or only occasionally? Do you require a lot of interior volume to provide more comfort for you and your family? Trawlers vary greatly in their speed; do you require a specific cruising speed or range? What boat activities do you plan to do? Answering these important questions will help you move forward with your Trawler search.

Determine Your Budget

After identifying your needs and wants, you can determine your overall budget. Whether you are buying new or used, it’s important to focus on selecting a high quality build that will hold up better over time, and require less in maintenance costs. If you are considering financing, you may choose to see if you pre-qualify for a boat loan before moving forward. This will help in determining your overall budget.

Narrow Down the Brand

There are many reputable Trawlers for sale currently on the market, such as Kadey-Krogen, Jefferson, Marlow, Nordic Tugs, Nordhavn, Beneteau, Grand Banks, Great Harbor and many more. Each builder delivers different offerings to meet the varying demands of trawler owners.

For example, Beneteau is known for delivering a faster design, with some models reaching top speeds of 23 knots. Grand Banks is world renowned for offering high quality, long-distance cruisers with great fuel efficiency. And Kadey-Krogen, another top brand, is known for delivering passage-making yachts with an abundance of exterior space. Seeking out expert advice is an excellent way to narrow down which brand will be right for you.

Hire a Professional Yacht Broker

Professional yacht brokers can offer a wealth of knowledge on all types of vessels. Many are life-long boaters with first-hand experience cruising and living aboard. They also have invaluable insight into the current market and will know if a specific vessel represents a good value.

Your yacht broker will help narrow down which type of Trawler will meet your needs, which brands best maintain their value over time, and which vessels offer a good resale value. Your broker will also facilitate every step of the buying process moving forward, from arranging all the showings, helping you come to a realistic offer, coordinating the survey and sea trial, handling all closing paperwork, and assisting you with the delivery of your new vessel.

Whether you’re looking for an aft cabin trawler, pilothouse trawler, fast trawler, fishing trawler or anything in between, there’s a Trawler available on the market that will meet your needs and budget.

 

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