> Marine Trader (qas well as mony other trawler brands) are Taiwanese knock-offs
> of the Grand Banks trawlers. Every class of boat has its perceived high-end
> brand(s) and in the case of trawlers it's the Grand Banks - they have
> cost and high resale value.
> My opinion and also what I've read in places like Powerboat Reports is
> next echelon down, occupied by brands like Island Gypsy and Marine Trader, are
> indeed very good boats, and in fact the the reality of the superiority of the
> Grand Banks may be pretty thin.
> You of course realize that you are looking at the slowest type of motorcraft
> on the water. Many displacement-style trawlers are bought by
> who for age or whatever other reason no longer feel like dealing with sails.
> For these people the 8kt cruise of the boat you are looking at is no problem.
> For someone coming from any other class of powerboat, you may be frustrated
> by the limited speed, although when I get older and am no longer in such
> the quiet and fuel efficiency of such a boat may become quite appealing.
Actually I believe Don Miller developed the Marine Trader trawler from
concepts he had and not copied from any other existing trawler. That
aside, you're right about the slow cruising speeds - 7 to 9 knots on the
average with Lehman engines. Some newer trawler go considerably faster,
but at a great fuel price! Last year I saw a 38' MT *UP ON PLANE* in the
Ft. Myers, FL area. That feat must have cost him dearly in fuel !!
I switched from a 25' WellCraft with a 235hp outboard - 40 mph, to a 38'
MT at 7 knots. What a pleasure to sit on the Fly bridge and cruise at
slow speed with the auto pilot on - really relaxing. No pounding, smooth
riding, a real joy! I have had times though when I wish I had more speed
to out run a storm, but the trawler came through the storms fine anyway
(still I'd prefer *NOT* to be caught in storms).
Go for the trawler and enjoy you time on the water.
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