April 17th 2011. By Tom Tripp.

Mainship 395 Trawler: Same High Quality, Greater Flexibility

Mainship has gracefully adapted its successful 34-footer to accommodate two couples or a young family.

The best businesses are those that can take a challenge and turn it into an opportunity. Mainship Trawlers had a very successful run with its 34 Trawler – and then their customers presented them with a challenge: They wanted a two-cabin version of the 34, but didn’t want to pay the price of the 40 Trawler.

Luckily for Mainship, the 34 Trawler hull had the volume to do the job, but it would require a complete redesign and the installation of a V-drive to shorten the drive train, freeing up space for a new engine configuration and a second stateroom with a full-size berth and plenty of storage room.

- The Mainship 395 showing canvas over the flybridge and hard-top protection over the aft cockpit.

Next, Mainship drew up a completely new main deck mold, with a bright, open interior that offered a lot of seating, sleeping, and dining flexibility. The result was the new Mainship 395 Trawler. It’s a capable, cost-effective cruiser for a couple with guests or a young family, and for the price of a similar-sized center console fishing boat with triple outboards you get a boat capable of being your first real waterfront home.

The “summer kitchen” on the flybridge.

On Deck
Step into the cockpit from the large swim platform through a starboard transom door and you have three options – head straight up the stairs to the flybridge, go through the door to the saloon, or stay put and chill for a bit in the covered cockpit, protected from the weather by the overhead extension of the upper deck. There are also wide side decks to port and starboard to take you forward, with sturdy, waist-level stainless rails for safety.

At the bow, there’s a molded anchor pulpit, and the anchor windlass is under a hatch cover that will help protect it from weather. There’s also a real samson post for universal duty. (Incidentally, this is where the sacrificial bottle of rum should be demolished during a proper christening ceremony.)

Walking into the saloon from the cockpit, you’ll see the galley immediately to port and a sofa to starboard. Forward of the galley is a dinette, and forward of the sofa is the lower helm station, with a door to the starboard sidedeck. You will undoubtedly notice the real cherry-planked wood flooring and cherry woodwork. The cabinetmakers at this factory do a great job on a boat with a price tag that doesn’t put it in the luxury class.

The galley is a compact workspace, part of the open saloon.

The galley is a perfect little workspace, with a two-burner electric glass-top stove, convection/microwave above that, sink in the middle, and drawer-style fridge and freezer next to it. Nice cherry cabinets above and drawers and lockers below will store dry provisions, dishes, and cutlery. Both the dinette and sofa convert to berths for the kids or grandkids, making a total of seven or eight berths aboard. The dinette is raised, and is a great place to sit while underway, if for some reason you aren’t up on the flybridge. The captain has a soft bench to relax on, and the classic Mainship wooden wheel with which to steer.

The new configuration made it possible to include a guest cabin aft.

The steps to the lower deck are between the helm and dinette. At the bottom, immediately to starboard, is the full head with separate shower. Forward is the master stateroom with a center-island queen berth and cedar-lined hanging locker. To port and situated aft is the second stateroom with a full-size bed and its own dressing space and hanging locker. Although cozy, it’s this second stateroom that makes this boat a great choice, since it gives a cruising couple the option to host adult guests overnight without having them sleep in a convertible space in the saloon.

If the second stateroom is the deciding factor for a cruising couple, the enormous flybridge deck is what will probably attract most people to this yacht to begin with. Like all the Mainship trawlers, it’s a huge outdoor living space, with most buyers also opting for the “summer kitchen,” as Mainship describes it – a cabinet aft of the main seating areas with a propane stove, sink, icemaker, and storage space. That kitchen would be useful to feed the huge crowd that can hang out on this upper deck. There are three captain’s chairs at the center helm, plus a large L-shaped settee with folding table aft and to port. An optional enclosure can make this deck an all-weather space.

The main saloon, looking forward

Mainship has standardized on Yanmar diesels, and the 395 Trawler can be equipped with a single 380-hp model or twin 220-hp engines. I would probably choose the single for its simplicity and the fact that at seven knots you will get better than two mpg, while retaining the option to race back into an inlet ahead of a storm at 16 knots and at about one mpg. Yes, the twin-engine version does the same thing at 21 knots and will naturally be more maneuverable around the docks, but these newer electronic diesels are so reliable (as long as you have clean fuel) that redundancy isn’t necessarily a benefit. But you do have the choice. I like the idea of 450 miles of range, with reserve, at a leisurely trawler cruise of seven knots.

All of the hardware on this trawler is first-class, from the bronze strut(s) and rudder(s) to the Aquamet ™ shaft. The full-keel hull has standard sea strainers and seacocks on the underwater through-hulls. The bow thruster is standard and electric, which is fine at this approximately 37-foot hull length.

Mainship 395 Trawler specificationsThe 6-kW generator is optional, but it will be a must for most folks. If you live in the Pacific Northwest and trade the air-conditioning for a Webasto heating system, perhaps you could do without it. Anywhere else in the country, you will want the A/C with reverse cycle heat, and will therefore need the generator.

All Mainships are now built in Millville, NJ, following the Luhrs corporate facility consolidation in recent years. The base price of this boat with a single Yanmar is listed at about $307,000, although Jim Krueger, who heads up operations and sales for Mainship, says a typically equipped boat will be delivered at around $370,000 with options and customer-specified electronics.

For more information, visit Mainship Trawlers.

Tom Tripp
Tom is the publisher of www.OceanLines.biz, a website about passagemaking boats and information. He is also a contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine who has been at sea aboard everything from a 17-foot homemade wooden fishing boat to a 1,000-foot-long, 96,000-ton, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.