What is a Trawler?
Trawlers have long been inspired by the salty look and seaworthiness of commercial fishing vessels and today’s fuel-efficient models are made for long-distance, bluewater cruising. Trawlers typically have a traditional exterior design and a more spacious, home-like interior with creature comforts such as full-size galley appliances and multiple heads and staterooms that make living aboard ideal.
How are Trawlers built?
Traditional trawlers have a full displacement hull form and are of fiberglass-construction; others are made of aluminum or steel. Compared with other hull forms, a full displacement boat has a greater beam, draft, and load-carrying capacity, and typically operates in the seven-to-nine-knot range. A new breed of semi-displacement trawlers, with a more moderate beam and draft, have emerged to offer greater speed, albeit less range.
What type of engines power Trawlers?
The variety of trawlers known for crossing oceans sip fuel and are typically equipped with a single inboard motor. Depending on the length of the boat, full displacement trawlers have a maximum speed of no more than 10 - 12 knots. Some owners opt for twin engines or a get-home generator for added security in the event of an engine failure. Semi-displacement models are typically powered with twin engines and can reach 14 - 20 knots.
What optional equipment do Trawlers have?
Given the off-shore cruising plans of trawler owners, these yachts have large fuel tanks and holding tanks, and the pilothouses are appointed with advanced navigation and communication systems, not to mention every type of radar, gauge, indicator and security measure. To make voyages comfortable, trawlers will have some form of ballast for added stability, and for added ease with docking and overall efficiency, there are optional solar panels and bow and stern thrusters. Additionally, trawlers can be further optimized with elaborate entertainment systems.