Trawlers have known a delayed success in the Mediterranean. Traditionally conceived as comfortable placid vessels or, if you prefer, real floating homes where to fully enjoy the sea, trawlers are perfect environmentally friendly boats. Will this be their future?
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 thorugh 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
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
Yet, 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.