Thirty to forty years ago, there was no question about what a cruising boat, also known as a “trawler,” looked like. There were relatively few builders in the market space, and all the vessels, whether built by Grand Banks, Willard, Kadey-Krogen or Marine Trader, operated mainly in the seven-to-nine-knot range. During the 1990s, as the number of people interested in extended cruising and living aboard exploded, so, too, did the variety of manufacturers and trawler styles. So, how do boaters planning to live aboard choose?
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- What is a trawler?
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