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Old 10-18-2020, 11:43 PM
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Hello guys. I am looking to purchase the trawler in the pic. Mainly for offshore trips 100 miles out in the gulf. I would love to cross the ocean one day to Cuba then into the Carribean sea. Is this suitable. Whats your opinion? What can this trawler be used for? See attached pics
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You might want to give some specifics regarding the boat. A photo never tells the whole story.
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Old 10-19-2020, 02:57 AM
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Newbie to boating or newbie to owning a trawler style boat?
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Subscribe to Passagemaker for a year, and don't buy that boat. The gunnels look far too low for a Bluewater boat.
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That looks like a Lafitte skiff. It’s probably flat as hell on the bottom. Buy a down east style boat. You can run them at 10 knots or 17 knots if you need to. I wouldn’t buy the boat that you’re looking at. That’s not a boat that you take out on open water.

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Looks like a wooden boat....stay away from wooden boats. And agree with others, not the kind of boat you want for open water
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Not sure what the asking price is but if it's a wood hull, you should pay a surveyor to inspect if very carefully.
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Originally Posted by Srbenda View Post
Subscribe to Passagemaker for a year, and don't buy that boat. The gunnels look far too low for a Bluewater boat.
Srbenda- There's a big backlash from the Trawler community against Passagemaker. It was a tried and true "go to" for many years, but has now pandered to their advertisers. Most are sunshine articles on $1M+ vessels. Very little on what average folks care about, tech articles, trip reviews etc.

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You might want to check out trawlerforum.com, that is where most of the slow boat guys hang. Agree with the comments of low freeboard on that boat, not good for any rough weather.
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First thing I thought of was the low freeboard. Not what I would head out on the open ocean with.
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Not enough info posted about the boat and if you think people can give advice based on a picture than I don't think you are quite ready for such an adventure at this point in time.
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Originally Posted by saltwaters View Post
Not sure what the asking price is but if it's a wood hull, you should pay a surveyor to inspect if very carefully.
A surveyor should be hired no matter what the boat is made of.
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I saw that boat on Craigslist yesterday. I think the OP may be trolling, instead of trawler shopping.
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That's a boat for the ditch....go outside on nice days....looks like it's made out of dead trees....a while ago.....potential nightmare....
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Originally Posted by mlg567 View Post
Hello guys. I am looking to purchase the trawler in the pic. Mainly for offshore trips 100 miles out in the gulf. I would love to cross the ocean one day to Cuba then into the Carribean sea. Is this suitable. Whats your opinion? What can this trawler be used for? See attached pics
100 miles offshore?

with that boat?



considering you are even asking, i would say you are not even close/capable/experienced to be going 1 mile offshore

sorry but thats the truth
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This is obviously a troll thread. I mean c'mon man....
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Nordhavn, Fleming, Selene or drown.
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I think it would be an awesome boat to take to Cuba or to the Bahamas. I'd love to spend a summer traveling the Bahamas in that thing. Living the life!! Don't listen to the naysayers. Buy it and go......

Boats like that run back and forth from Haiti all the time. Probably buy a similar derelict vessel up the Miami Rive right now for next to nothing.
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Off shore fishing? I would not like that boat. I would not trust a boat like that in open deep blue water, and I am a newbie at boating.
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Originally Posted by chuck34 View Post
A surveyor should be hired no matter what the boat is made of.
Very true but it's much more important for a boat with a wood hull and a buyer who doesn't know the potential problems with wood boats.

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