Their original end use was completely different. The first trawler was built about 100 years ago and was a recreational version of the American fishing vessels. The hull was displacing, it could travel at 7-8 knots but it featured extraordinary seaworthiness and safety under any sea conditions. The first evolution affected interior layout that became less austere, with few cabins, a spacious “salon” and an amazing view on the sea.
The second evolutive step focused on performances. Without compromising the original seaworthiness, the hull became semi-planing (able to touch up to 10-12 knots) or even planing ( 20-25 knots). The last evolutive step involved design. Softer lines were introduced, without losing the typical characteristics of “ boat-home”. As you can see on the following pages, bigger models are influenced by explorers, the big boats designed to travel all around the world.
The models of the US shipyard probably materialize the most genuine trawler design. An extraordinary displacing hull is combined with a small number of (spacious) cabins and a surprising amount of accessories and finishes. Style is 100& classic.
Loa: 16.15m; B.max: 5.07m; Displ: 25,605kg; Range: 6 knots autonomy 4,730 nautical miles; 9 knots autonomy 1390 nm
da/from: 1,500,000 € – www.kadeykrogen.com
The trawler, the displacement boat born for fishing, became famous worldwide when at the beginning of the ’60s the Grand Banks 42 was born, then built in hundreds of copies all over the world. That’s why it’s an “icon boat”. Even today there are perfectly preserved models entirely made of wood and still quoted at 100,000 euros, while the well-preserved fiberglass models are not less than 150,000 euros. The Grand Banks 42 is unique in terms of living space, navigability and outdoor life. Since its inception, the Grand Banks 42 has been the subject of several attempts at imitation by various other shipyards. (Here is the full article)
Rating used: wooden from 80 to 120,000 euros, fiberglass from 130,000 euros and above.
Loa: 12,74 mt; B.max: 4,14 mt; Draft: 1,27 mt; Engine: 2×120 hp (original version)- www.grandbanks.com
Maybe, of the main best sellers. Born in 1992 and restyled in 2007, this boat has many fans. Compact in size but traditional in shape and use, this boat is equipped with a marine toilet, a galley, two berths, a wide cockpit, handrails everywhere and high gunwale to improve safety and circulation on board.
Loa: 7.66m; B.max: 2.72m; Displ: 2400kg; Engine: Volvo Penta.: 1X225; Engine max power: 300 hp da/from: 150.000 € – www.targa.fi
Don’t let futuristic lines or optional hybrid propulsion deceive you: this boat is a real trawler in terms of waterlines and overall layout. A system of solar panels on the roof charges batteries with no generator and guarantees a range of up to 700 nautical miles when sailing at about 7 knots. Below deck, there are two V-shaped berths and a marine toilet.
Loa: 9.99m; B.max: 3.50m; displ (wet); 8391 kg; Engine: Volvo Penta.: 1X260; Engine max power: 220 hp
da/from: 174.900 € – www.greenlinehybrid.si
100% American from the stempost to the astern boarding platform passing through the keel located under the waterline: only few boat manufacturers actually succeed in reproducing traditional lines on a modern trawler. Muscly, massive and compact, this boat features a fly bridge with two seats, and four berths (two in the forward cabin and two in the dinette).
Loa: 10.60m; B.max: 3.49m; Displ: 4800 kg; Engine: Volvo Penta.: 1X170; Engine max power: 220 hp
da/from: 174,900 € – www.nordictugs.com
A semi-planing hull for a top speed of about 19 knots (perfect also for slower navigation) is combined with unmistakable classic lines. Characterized by a small number of cabins, interiors are as spacious as those of a beautiful beach house. An American elegant boat.
Loa:17.92m; B.max:5.18m; Displ:37.198 kg; Eng.: CumminsQSM11; Engine max power: 2×715 hp
da/from: 1,800,000 € – www.nordhavn.com
This is a clear example of how trawlers are increasingly more influenced by another category of boats: explorers. The two categories have many elements in common, including the “Portuguese bridge”, which consists of a sheltered walkway that envelopes the deckhouse. A semi-displacing hull guarantees good performances: cruising and top speed are 11 and 14 knots respectively. Sleeping quarters include 3 cabins and a crew cabin. Built in Italy, these boats are highly popular also in the States.
Loa: 20.05m; B.max: 5.90m; Displ: 48,000 kg; Engine: MAN R6; Engine max power: 2×680 hp
da/from: nd € – www.terranovaitalianyachts.com
The French trawler. The reinterpretation introduced by a giant like Beneteau has enlarged the appeal towards a broader clientele thanks to a semi-planing hull that allows this model to reach 24 knots. Interiors are not luxurious but they suggest a high level of quality.
Loa: 13.88m; B.max: 4.25m; Displ: 10,870 kg; Eng:ine Volvo Penta.: 2X300hp; Engine max power: 600hp
da/from: 381,300 € – www.beneteau.com