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Why Your Next Boat Should Be A Trawler

If you want to be able to visit far-flung destinations from a seat of luxury, without shelling out for mega-yacht prices, you have to consider a trawler yacht. These one-of-a-kind vessels are large and absolutely in charge. While they’re often not the flashiest boat in the marina, trawlers maximize onboard living space and fuel efficiency, meaning they’re perfect for people looking for a boat that can serve as a floating hotel. Some people even use their liveaboard trawlers as their residence.

If you’re in the market for a new vessel, you have to consider a trawler boat. Here are five key reasons why your next boat should be a trawler.

Why is it Called a Trawler?

I’m sure you’re thinking the term “trawler yacht” sounds a little like an oxymoron. With a name like “trawler” you’re probably imagining a fishing boat designed to catch bottom feeders or shellfish. Well, you’re partially right. Trawler boats get their name from their appearance, since they often appear utilitarian or industrial. They’re functionally built boats that look like they're less luxurious than they actually are. Part of the fun of these boats is that looks are absolutely deceiving.

A better name for a liveaboard trawler should be a “cruiser boat.” These boats are made for comfortable, slow cruising, which helps them get excellent gas mileage compared to faster, more performance driven boats. Since their hull designs are similar to ocean fishing boats, they’re incredibly capable offshore. Many large trawlers can even complete trans-oceanic trips easily, making them incredibly appealing for those who want to get away and chart their own path across the sea.

Do Trawlers Need To Trawl?

Trawler boats are hardly the fishing vessels that most people think they are. However, that doesn’t mean they’ve totally abandoned the root of their name. Trawlers are designed for function first, which makes them excellent boats for beginners or experienced sailors.

The proven design of a trawler yacht means that it’s easy to drive and can stay stable in rough weather. The stability comes from a wide, ballasted hull which keeps the boat balanced in high seas or strong winds. They also tend to have low-rev, high-torque engines that get great fuel economy, helping them go long distances.

However, for these benefits, you might have some limited amenities. While liveaboard trawlers are incredibly comfortable, they’re also functional. When you’re taking a boat across the ocean, you don’t want too many creature comforts that can break or become cumbersome in poor weather. So, when you consider luxurious cruisers, expect fine finishes and impeccable build quality, instead of custom cutlery or glass sinks.

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Are all Trawlers Big?

While some of the most popular trawler yachts are large vessels made for trans-oceanic journeys, there are plenty of smaller boats that fit in this segment that are perfect if you want to spend only a weekend aboard, or want to avoid paying for dockage at a marina.

Small trawlers are sometimes called pocket or mini trawlers. These boats normally come in at under 30-feet long, and 10-feet wide which is in accordance with trailering laws in many states.

While the small size may lead you to believe that small trawlers are less luxurious than their larger counterparts, you’d be mistaken. For example, the Ranger Tugs R-29CB comes with a full galley, and plenty of space to host the whole family for an overnight stay on the water. This trawler boat also has a max range of nearly 300 miles, making it perfect for trips offshore.

What’s it Like Living on a Trawler?

Most people call trawlers functional liveaboard vessels, which means there’s often not a lot of deck space for amenities like you might see on a cabin cruiser or power yacht. Instead, most of the luxurious amenities are kept inside the vessel where they’re safe from the elements and can be enjoyed by those living on the boat.

While some trawlers may have some on-deck amenities, like a small seating area or outdoor salon, most try to maintain functional outdoor spaces. There may be a crane on-deck used for moving a tender around, or on-deck storage for tenders, lines and fenders. This functional exterior gives trawlers a bit of a rugged appearance that may hide the truly luxurious inside.

For example, the compact Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 has limited on-deck seating. However, inside it features two staterooms with en-suite bathrooms and sleeping arrangements for up to six people. What this trawler yacht lacks in speed, it makes up for in refined finishes, and plenty of space for entertaining during long voyages at sea.

The Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Trawler

Since trawlers are so popular, and have so many great features, here are the top five reasons people purchase trawler yachts.

1. They Are Economic

Trawlers offer a great value for the price, which is why they’re so popular. Since they’re built to last, with time-tested designs, engines, and amenities, you have the comfort of knowing that you can expect a long life with your trawler. Even better, this bulletproof design means that you can get great value from a used vessel as well.

2. They Come in a Variety of Sizes and Trims

Whether you’re looking for a comfortable motor yacht, or a trailer trawler, there’s a vessel out there for you at your price range. The best part is that whatever size trawler you get, you know you’re going to get a functional, safe, and luxurious boat that can handle inclement weather, overnight stays, and more.

3. They Are Seaworthy

Every type of trawler is based on a timeless and proven hull design that originated in fishing vessels. That means you can head offshore with peace of mind knowing that you’ll be safe.

4. They’re Fuel Efficient

Trawler boats normally come with high-torque, low rev diesel engines that maintain slower speeds than other powerboats. While this might not give you a thrilling driving experience, you’ll pay less at the pump. Trawlers are much more fuel efficient than motor yachts of similar size. That means they can go farther on a tank of gas, making them perfect for trans-oceanic voyages.

5. They Provide a Comfortable Ride

The goal of a trawler boat isn’t to get you to your destination fast. These are comfort cruisers that have all the amenities of a yacht in an economical, ocean-worthy package. The fuel-efficient, bulletproof engines are designed for slow speeds that stay stable in inclement weather, and are so gentle you’ll forget you’re on a boat.

What are the Best Trawler Brands?

While trawlers don’t have the dock appeal of a motor yacht, they’re incredibly popular for their versatility and unique styling. Here are some of the most popular trawlers on the market today.


Beneteau is well known for its ultra-luxurious yachts and powerboats. The company’s Swift Trawler line is perfect for the person who’s comfortable spending a little extra to get all the luxury they’d expect from a premier manufacturer, in an ocean-ready package. The Swift Trawlers start at 35 feet and extend to 41, with the Grand Trawler line coming at a whopping 61 feet.

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  • Own a super clean, fully geared beneteau swift trawler 41. With over 200 unit made since 2019, this is a proven fast trawler, built in france, with the ability… for extended coastal cruising.  she has a class b offshore rating and comfortable accommodation for seven guests in her three cabin, two head layout. Her key features include: 3 cabins, 2 heads layout. With the salon table down, vessel can sleep 7 comfortably. Efficient volvo penta d4 (2 x 300hp) engine package. Slow cruise at 7. 5 knots or fast cruise at 1617 knots (top speed 24 knots! ) teak decking  in cockpit and starboard side-deck full aft cockpit enclosure reverse cycle heating and air-conditioning,  ideal for year-round cruising full raymarine axiom pro  hybrid touch electronics package, with 12-inch displays bow and stern thrusters  for easy docking flybridge  with seating for 8-10, mini galley with electric bbq, sink, storage and fridge combo washer-dryer swim platform davit and tender

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    Beneteau Boats For Sale / Trawlers Volvo Penta D4 / 420 hrs
  • Bringing you the beneteau swift flybridge trawler 44, this is an amazing boat for traveling long distances in style and comfort, as well efficiency,… whether you are cruising the inter coastal or going to the bahamas. The radar mast was modified to 18" high from the original 26" height, to fit under most bridges. This boat is powered with volvo d4 300hp engines with 900 hours. Her sleek design offers 2 staterooms with 2 heads and with convertible sofa sleeps 6, along with plenty of seating from the flybridge to the new sun pad on the bow.  she was in freshwater her entire life until october 2022!

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  • This 2021 41' beneteau swift trawler is in nice condition. Powered with twin volvo penta d4 300 diesel engines. It has a spacious 3 stateroom / 2 head layout.… Nicely equipped with full galley, roomy salon, raymarine electronics, 7. 5 onan generator, freedom lift -  dinghy not included!

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    Beneteau Boats For Sale / Trawlers Volvo Penta D4-300I-G


These Canadian built trawler boats are perfect for those who want an iconic silhouette in a capable ship. Powered by Cummins diesel engines, they perform great in all weather conditions, making them perfect for extended stays at sea.

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  • "sante" is a toast to this ever popular design of the 36' monk trawler. The build quality appears superior to many other trawlers i have seen. The workmanship… below with all the teak cabinetry, doors, joinery and finishes is lovely and warm. There are no teak decks to maintain, caulk or replace. The interior as well as her exterior space seems larger than other 36 trawlers. Approximately 7 years ago the previous owner replaced her original engine with a 215hp cummins diesel and to date she has 415 hours on her. She is a comfortable 8 kt boat but can reach 12 kts when needed. If you are looking for a comfortable vessel to do "the loop", here she is. She has a tabernacled mast with builtin crutch on the cabin deck, for those low bridges. If you just want to cruise in comfort, live-aboard, or have a weekend get-away, look no further. "sante" is the well found vessel that is looking for her next adventure.

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    Monk Boats For Sale / Trawlers Cummins / 415 hrs
  • "steady on ii" is a well maintained, twoowner, 2001 monk 36 trawler (hull #215) built by north sea yachts in nova scotia. She has a very spacious layout… & should seriously be considered if you are looking for a trawler in this size range. She feels much bigger than a thirty-six footer. Below is a list of some of her features & updates. 2 stateroom & 2 head layout (with separate shower) cummins 220hp diesel engine with approximately 2,970 hours northern lights 7. 5kw generator with approximately 2,500 hours vetus bow thruster raymarine electronics with auto-pilot flybridge helm & interior helm  2021  all new batteries, new steering ram, new exhaust elbow, new led spreader light, new sound insulation in generator enclosure, & new raw water pump on generator 2022  new teak fold down table on bridge, new water pressure pump, new a/c water pump, all new led lights in engine room, new drive belt on cummins engine, new ss handrail mid aft deck, new ss

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    Monk Boats For Sale / Trawlers Cummins 6BT220 / 2973 hrs
  • The monk 36 is well known for her blue water capability and cruising comfort. Her 320 gallon fuel tank gives her an easy 600 mile range and very economical to… operate. Sea horse has cruised north to canada on a couple of occasions. She has extensively cruised the chesapeake and the whole east coast. Sea horse is a common sight on the intracoastal waterway and has also spent several winters in the bahamas. Her engine has received all cummins suggested maintenance by a certified cummins mechanic. She has just recently received a fresh coat of bottom paint, washed and waxed, zincs replaced, prop and shaft antifouled and all brightwork up to snuff. The electronics have been updated and includes a intellian satellite tv antenna. Sea horse is a one owner vessel in excellent condition and is in true turn key condition. She is a must to see and will not disappoint. .

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    Monk Boats For Sale / Trawlers Cummins 6BT5.9 / 5300 hrs


With almost 50 years of experience building boats, the ship designers at Nordhvn know how to design a seaworthy vessel. While the company started with sailboats, it quickly turned to power in the 1980s. Nordhvn’s fleet features everything from trawlers to mega-yachts, ranging in length from 41 to 148 feet.

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  • "aleoli" 2016 nordhavn 52 #75 aleoli is an exceptional nordhavn 52 that has been meticulously maintained. Aleoli is ready for world cruising or from… mexico to alaska as the current owners have done. This is a rare opportunity as aleoli represents the only highly desirable nordhavn 52 on the west coast! Aleoli is equipped with a asea shore power converter to allow proper use of shore power connections outside of north america. Aleoli also has gorgeous teak decks not normally found of which make aleoli stand out from all others.   aleoli is not to be missed, if you are looking for a well equipped nordhavn 52 ready for cruising, aleoli should be at the top of your considerations.   aleoli is currently in alaska and will return to anacortes, wa to complete a sale.    

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    Nordhavn Boats For Sale / Trawlers John Deere 6068 AFM75 / 2300 hrs
  • 2002 nordhavn 46 “salty” lugger 140 hp main engine and new (2021) yanmar 30 hp wing engine with folding prop! Repainted the hull in 2012 from cap rail to water… line! Fiberglass fuel, water and holding tanks! Naiad stabilizers! Solar array capable of 800 watts of added power! Cockpit controls with bow thruster joystick control! Beautiful teak and holly flooring and teak cabinets with louvered doors! Every decade or so a yacht is designed that is extraordinarily successful by all measures. Lines and proportion are wonderfully pleasing, while at the same time highly functional. Aesthetic attraction is universal, performance is exemplary, and the ideal balance between subjective and objective qualities are achieved. One design having all these qualities is rare and it invariably becomes a classic by which others are measured. In the highly specialized world of oceangoing recreational power boats, the nordhavn 46 has achieved legendary status of a modern day classic. Not built to dock in

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    Nordhavn Boats For Sale / Trawlers Lugger Yanmar 3YM30AE / 25 hrs
  • Discover the 1998 Nordhavn Pilothouse, located in Anacortes, Washington. Explore specifications, images, and special features. Click `Contact Seller` to embark on a new journey…

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Nordic Tugs

The tug boat is a capable and iconic boat that inspires joy in all who see it. Despite the name, Nordic Tugs is an American-based company that makes durable boats made to withstand the temperamental oceans of the Northern Pacific. The company has everything from small trawlers to marina models so you can find the vessel right for you.

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  • The 2005 nordic tugs 32  "unwined"  is a very fine example of the design. This vessel features a rare chariot style flybridge and has just… returned from a 3 month cruise to alaska with her experienced owners.   unwined  has been well maintained and is clean and ready for sea.   special features include: 270 cummins with only 1340 engine hours onan 5kw genset in 2023 w/150 hours sidepower bow thruster two 12k btu ac/heat pumps dual racor 900 series fuel filters with vacuum gauge new 6v wet cell batteries in 2022 4 in total force ten lpg 3 burner stove cooktop and microwave novacool ac/dv under counter fridge freezer bimini top over flybridge interior wood and carpets in good condition lofrans tigress 1200 watt windlass, 200' chain & 250' nylon rode with rocna 20kg xantrex 2000 watt inverter new in 2022 xantrex 40 amp battery charger with remote monitor victron battery monitor for house bank raymarine e120 plotter/sounder/radar raymarine autopilot

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    Nordic Tugs Boats For Sale / Trawlers Cummins 6BTA5.9M1 / 1340 hrs
  • "turn point"   is an excellent example of a 2014 nordic tug 39 flybridge. Llc owned.  this well maintained vessel has been enjoyed by her… experienced owners and is turnkey ready for her next cruise. Special features and recent upgrades; 1) cummins qsb 5. 9 380 hp with 2840 hours 2) low hour onan 5kw generator with 600 hours 3) sidepower bow and stern thrusters 4) promariner 2500 watt inverter/charger 5) amtico synthetic flooring in salon and pilothouse 8) custom expanded port side salon seating 9) webasto diesel hydronic central heating  10) garmin navigation electronics, autopilot, ais transceiver 12) force ten three burner propane cooktop and microwave oven 13) counter top ac/dc freezer in galley.   14) tecma fresh water flush head 15) zodiac 9' 6" hypalon aluminum rib w/ 6hp mercury ob 16) seawise manual davit system 16) drop down overhead tv in salon 18) reverso oil change system 19) dual racor fuel filtration w/vacuum gauge 20) lofrans

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    Nordic Tugs Boats For Sale / Trawlers Cummins QSB 5.9 / 2840 hrs
  • The 32 nordic tug is recognized for its quality construction and proven design. A 35 year production run is a testament about the design and its builder. The… timelessness and practicality of the design make it one of the best investments available in the market today.    moonshadow  is an exceptional example of the nordic 32+.  this boat is has been well maintained and upgraded by her knowledgeable owners. Key features include: * cummins 220 w/1700 hours * side power bow thruster * espar forced air cabin heat * dual racor fuel filtration.   * all new lead acid house and start batteries in 04/23  * new bottom paint in 4/2023 * two burner force ten lpg stove & oven * nova cool side by side frig & freeze * desirable vberth configuration with filler preferred by many nt 32 owners.  moored in bellingham, this boat is available for showings by appointment. Assumable 6 month moorage in bellingham's squalicum harbor with purchase. Call with

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    Nordic Tugs Boats For Sale / Trawlers Cummins 6BT5.9 / 1700 hrs

Marine Trader

If you’re looking for a proven hull that can provide luxurious long-time living accommodations, you won’t go wrong with a Marine Trader. Most Marine Trader trawlers available today are well-loved, used models that have been impeccably maintained. Since they’re used, these boats are a great way to get incredible value for your money.

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  • Debonair is a classic marine trader double cabin. The 36' double cabin was one of the best selling trawler ever built and continues to be a favorite choice.… "debonair" is a wonderful example with her long ownership by an experienced family. Alway's well maintained and constantly upgraded. Powered by the ever dependable and fuel efficient 120 hp fordlehman diesel. Debonair has newer interior soft good's and varnished hand rails. There are covers for all windows, doors and the varnished hand rails. Debonair is a very nice trawler at an affordable price.

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  • ***sale pending*** are you thinknig about the loop or hitting the bahamas, well this is the perfect vessel for you! If you are in the market for a trawler,… look no further than this 1986 marine trader sundeck, priced right at $79,200 (offers encouraged). This vessel is located in naples, florida and is in great condition. She is also equipped with a lehman engine that has 1,970 hours. We are looking for people all over the country who share our love for boats. If you have a passion for our product and like the idea of working from home, please visit wherefreedomtakesyou [dot] com to learn more. This listing is new to market. Any reasonable offer may be accepted. Submit an offer today! Reason for selling is moving ashore. At pop yachts, we will always provide you with a true representation of every vessel we market. We encourage all buyers to schedule a survey for an independent analysis. Any offer to purchase is always subject to satisfactory survey results.

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  • Beautiful 40' marine trader, built for weekends or full time living. We are looking for people all over the country who share our love for boats. If you have a… passion for our product and like the idea of working from home, please visit wherefreedomtakesyou [dot] com to learn more. This listing has now been on the market a couple months. Please submit any and all offers today! At pop yachts, we will always provide you with a true representation of every vessel we market. We encourage all buyers to schedule a survey for an independent analysis. Any offer to purchase is always subject to satisfactory survey results. You have questions? We have answers. Call us at (941) 538-7803 to discuss this boat. Selling your boat has never been easier. At pop yachts, we literally sell thousands of units every year all over the country. Call (855) 218-2805 and we'll get started selling your boat today. Take a look at all ***126 pictures*** of this vessel, and a video, on our

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    Marine Trader Boats For Sale / Trawlers Lehman FWC-6 / 1788 hrs

We know everyone’s trying to get the most value for their money when it comes to buying a boat. Trawlers are a unique opportunity to get a boat that can help adventurers and families reach new shores and have incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Check out our selection of trawlers at to find the right one for you.

Trawler FAQs

How fast can a trawler go?

Trawlers are built for comfort and fuel efficiency, not speed. That means they go a bit slower than boats of a similar size. You can expect most trawler yachts to cruise between 10-12 knots, or 11-13 miles per hour.

How far can a trawler go?

Since these boats cruise so slowly, they’re often very fuel efficient. They also come outfitted with enormous fuel tanks, so they have the capability to go the distance. It’s not unusual for a small trawlers to have ranges over 300 miles, while full sized options can go over 600 miles.

How much can a trawler cost?

Since trawlers come in a range of sizes, amenities, and finishes, they also come in a wide range of pricing. That means, there’s a trawler boat out there perfect for almost any buyer. There are several ways to fit your perfect trawler into your budget: you can either buy a smaller boat new; buy a large boat with most standardized options; or buy a luxurious boat used. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find the right boat for you, in your price range, without any trouble. Check out our available trawler boats today at!