If you dream of independence underway, of romantic and unfamiliar landfalls, it’s time you started looking seriously at trawlers and other passagemaking designs. Note: For an updated 2014 list, visit: Best New Trawlers and Pocket Cruisers.
Krogen Express 52
The increasing popularity among yachtsmen itching for the adventure of voyaging to distant ports shows no signs of abating. Open-water passages require yachts that are built and equipped to operate continuously and safely in a wide range of weather and sea states. Finding the boat that fills these needs-and your dreams-is paramount. Here’s a selection of trawlers to help you along the way.
Oviatt Marine’s Alaskan 80 Raised Pilothouse
Oviatt Marine’s flagship Alaskan 80 Raised Pilothouse aims to put the “grand back in Grand Touring. Plush decorator fabrics and leather seating set the tone in the saloon, which is liberally finished with North American cherry furniture and bulkheads. KitchenAid and GE appliances aid meal preparation and entertaining for 10 guests, all accommodated at the pilothouse dining table. Twin Caterpillar 1,000 hp C-18 diesels give this semi-displacement design 20-knot cruising speeds or lower for better fuel efficiency and a 2,000-mile range. A pair of 25kW Northern Lights shielded gensets power a comprehensive suite of Simrad electronics for the pilothouse and bridge, as well as a full complement of high-end entertainment electronics throughout the yacht. A 2,200-pound-capacity Nautical Structures “Euro davit is provided for the standard Novurania 460 dinghy. Four staterooms, all with en suite heads, accommodate eight in lavish comfort; crew quarters for two are found aft. Oviatt Marine, (954) 925-0065; www.oviattmarine.com. To read about the Alaskan 77, also from Oviatt Marine, click here.
Grand Banks 44 Heritage EU
Looking like a stylized version of the classic 42 Europa, the new Grand Banks 44 Heritage EU represents the next evolution in design and performance from the company that made trawler yachts iconic. Its Sparkman & Stephens modified-V hull includes a raked stem, a well-flared bow for a drier ride at higher speeds, prop tunnels to minimize depth and maximize thrust with larger diameter props and underwater exhausts for quiet operation. A pair of 455 hp diesels is standard, but equipped with optional 500 hp diesels, the GB44 has surpassed speeds of 24 knots in sea trials. A foot wider than the classic 42, the GB44’s beam of 15 feet, 3 inches brings more room, storage and livability to a proven two-stateroom, two-head layout. Grand Banks tapped the Great Britain firm of Design Unlimited to create a contemporary interior that maximizes space and light for owners in the saloon, as well as the staterooms. Like the 42 Europa, the GB44 is designed with bridge deck overhangs for side deck protection and improved aft cockpit usability. Grand Banks Yachts, (206) 352-0116; www.grandbanks.com. To read a full review of the Grand Banks 44EU, click here.
Hampton 560 Sedan Fast Trawler
The Hampton 560 Sedan Fast Trawler has a modified-V hull with a partial keel, reversed hard chines and a high, well-flared bow, giving a wide range of speeds. Base power is 500 hp Caterpillar C-9 diesels with a Kohler 15kW shielded genset. Wesmar RS400 stabilizers add comfort underway, while a 10.7 hp bowthruster simplifies handling at the dock. Optional 540 or 660 hp Cummins QSM-11 diesels turning five-blade props have produced top speeds of 19.8 knots and 21.8 knots, respectively, in sea trials. Standard equipment includes a factory hardtop that, when enclosed, can be heated or air-conditioned. The three-stateroom layout is lavishly joined in cherry, and comes complete with a central vacuum system and stacked washer/dryer. The third stateroom can be configured as an office. Anchor Yacht Sales, (954) 797-0030; www.anchoryt.com. To view a gallery of another Hampton yacht, the Endurance 680 Long-Range Cruiser, click here.
Jefferson 53 Pilothouse SE
Like the other yachts in its Special Edition series, Jefferson’s 52 Pilothouse SE is designed to take advantage of increasingly powerful diesels and lighter hull weights, achieved through advanced lamination processes, to offer better-than-ever performance. This raised-pilothouse design features a Portuguese bridge, aft-swept windows and numerous side windows in the pilothouse, creating excellent views for the helmsman as well as family and friends at the table abaft the helm. Power choices include 490 or 540 hp Cummins QSM diesels in a large, Nida Core-insulated engineroom. A shielded Westerbeke 15kW genset is standard, as is a dual-station Raymarine navigation and communications package, Clarion AM/FM/CD on the bridge, Denon AV home theater system in the saloon, and televisions in all staterooms. The boat deck extends over the aft cockpit for weather protection, and can be fitted with an optional davit and RIB. Jefferson Yachts, (812) 282-8111; www.jeffersonyachts.com. To read a review of the slightly larger Jefferson 64 Pilothouse, click here.
Kantar 62 Pilothouse
Designed by noted naval architect Chuck Paine, the Kanter 62 Pilothouse offers moderate draft with a full keel to protect the running gear, modest fuel consumption and transatlantic range. Round bilges warp to chines aft for roll-damping this welded aluminum hull from a Canadian builder known for fabricating robust yachts. Integral tanks carry 2,800 gallons of fuel and 500 gallons of fresh water. A Portuguese bridge forward and well-protected side decks allow the crew to move safely and serve unobtrusively when underway. Because this two-stateroom design is intended for extended passagemaking, accommodations include spacious guest quarters and a full-beam master stateroom. Large his-and-hers heads flank the voluminous shower room on the centerline, leaving open the possibility of converting one to a utility room, laundry room or storage. Kanter Yachts, (519) 633-1058; www.kanteryachts.com. To read a review of the slightly smaller Kanter 56, click here.
Krogen Express 52
The long, low profile of the Krogen Express 52 is as distinctive as it is telling, combining a beautiful upward sweeping sheer and flared bow with an easily driven, seaworthy hull with a low center of gravity for comfortable motion. The flying bridge features a well-protected helm for the captain and a spacious dinette for visitors who want to enjoy the passing view. The boat deck extends aft to protect the cockpit and those relaxing or dining there. The lower helm is set apart from the saloon and galley in a raised pilothouse, with access doors to both side decks and the foredeck, plus an inner stairway leading to the flying bridge. Abundant storage and beautiful wood joinery go hand in hand in this livable, luxurious two-stateroom layout. The semi-displacement hull is capable of speeds ranging from a thrifty 8 knots with an approximate cruising range of 1,650 nautical miles to a time-and-weather managing 18 knots with a range of about 470 nautical miles, depending on which Cummins diesels you select. Krogen Express Yachts, (866) 457-6436; www.krogenexpress.com. To read about Capt. Ken Kreisler’s 2009 trip from Maryland through coastal North Carolina on a Krogen Express 52, click here.
Marlow Explorer 57E Command Bridge
The Marlow Explorer 57E Command Bridge is another example of innovative thinking from the mind of David Marlow. Enclosing the flying bridge eliminates the need for a lower helm, creating space for a luxuriously open galley and dining area forward. Like other Explorer models, the three-stateroom 57E has a sturdy vacuum-bagged hull with Kevlar reinforcement; it’s built with three complex major molds, rather than dozens, for increased strength and integrity. Major bulkheads are eliminated, permitting an incredibly spacious interior. Main engines are twin 500 hp 6125A Lugger diesels turning custom Nibral props protected by proprietary Velocijet Strut Keels in shallow tunnels. A Northern Lights 16kW genset tops a list of standard equipment that includes air-conditioning, oil change kit, dedicated computer wiring, Glendinning Cablemasters, washer/dryer, an on-deck BBQ system and much more. Marlow Yachts, (800) 362-2657; www.marlowexplorer.com
Nordic Tugs 52
Nordic Tugs 52 owners have plenty of choices about how they will go cruising. They can select the standard 700 hp single diesel to provide efficient cruising top speeds not found on many single engine trawlers, or they can specify twins. With the standard engine, the 1,300-gallon fuel capacity gives a potential range of 3,000 nautical miles. Below the waterline, the semi-displacement hull features hard chines and flat after sections for improved speed and stability, as well as a long, fully sealed keel to protect running gear and prop tunnels. This design allows larger props and optimal thrust angles from engines mounted low for better roll resistance. Fine craftsmanship is evident in the beautifully oiled teak woodwork, and owners may select a two- or three-cabin layout. Corian counters, high-end appliances and voluminous storage in the galley make entertaining and meal preparation more convenient. Nordic Tugs, (800) 388-4517; www.nordictugs.com
With an abundance of interior room made possible by its seaworthy high bow and freeboard, the long-range, full-displacement Nordhavn 55 offers a livable layout in a hull designed and engineered to cross oceans. The amidships pilothouse has excellent visibility for the helmsman as well as guests seated behind the L-shaped dinette. A flying bridge is standard. Nordhavn’s modified full-displacement hull features flatter sections aft to prevent high-speed squatting. The standard 330 hp John Deere diesel turns a 40-inch prop, providing a 3,000 nautical-mile range at 8.25 knots. The aft cockpit, spacious main saloon, galley and owners’s amidships stateroom with en suite head are all on a single level for convenience. Full-sized appliances from Sub-Zero, GE Thermadore and Broan are standard in the galley. The guest cabin is forward and includes a private head, office and plenty of storage. P.A.E. Nordhavn Yachts, (949) 496-4848; www.nordhavn.com
Ocean Alexander 46 Classico Extended Range Cruiser
Legendary liveaboard comfort and open-water ability combine in the new Ocean Alexander 46 Classico Extended Range Cruiser. Built to Ocean Alexander’s renowned standards, the hull is a solid fiberglass layup with carbon-fiber-reinforced stringers for additional integrity. The raised pilothouse has forward-raked windows and is protected by a stout Portuguese bridge. A single 300 hp John Deere diesel gives the 46 Classico extended range, with 700 gallons of fuel stored in aluminum tanks. Stainless steel rudders highlight Ocean Alexander’s overall focus on robust running gear. Access from the pilothouse to the foredeck, and to the flying bridge, is through doors on both sides. Four steps down lead aft to the seagoing galley and teak-paneled saloon, then out to the aft cockpit, on the same level. Ocean Alexander, (206) 344-8566; www.oceanalexander.com
Outer Reef 73
One look at the high freeboard and flared bow of the Outer Reef 73 tells you that this semi-displacement hull was designed for the open ocean. Below the waterline, hard chines and flat after sections enhance stability at slower cruising speeds and increase efficiency at higher speeds. A long keel is provided for protection of the running gear and stabilizers. To make the 73 easier for an experienced couple to operate, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters are standard, as are multiple control stations. Twin 800 hp Caterpillar 3406E diesels provide main propulsion, while two shielded 25kW Northern Lights gensets fulfill the electrical needs. A full suite of electronics is included at the pilothouse and flying bridge helm stations. Satin teak joinerwork, granite or Corian countertops, Cantaluppi lighting and Grohe fixtures are notable standards in this three-stateroom layout, one of which is a full-beam master amidships. Outer Reef Yachts, (954) 924-0013; www.outerreefyachts.com
To view a gallery of another Outer Reef, the 700 Long-Range Motor Yacht, click here.
With a range of approximately 550 nautical miles at 11 knots, the Sabreline 42 is a thrifty cruiser that lets owners gunkhole at their leisure. And when it's time to head home, its standard twin 440 hp Yanmars can produce 25-plus knot speeds. Built in Maine to uncompromising standards, this vacuum-bagged, modified-V hull features knitted biaxial fabrics, Divinycell PVC foam coring and vinylester resins. Offered with or without a flying bridge, the 42 has wide side decks and excellent stainless steel rails to protect those on deck. A sliding door to starboard gives access to the lower helm and saloon, beautifully finished in varnished cherry. Owners may choose between a galley-up or galley-down layout. Teak and holly cabin soles, meticulously joined cabinetry, dovetailed maple drawers throughout and strategically placed wooden handholds are notable examples of the skilled woodwork produced by Sabre's craftsmen. Sabre Yachts, (207) 655-3831; www.sabreyachts.com
Real Ships Expedition 68
Combining a stout steel hull, so beautifully welded and finished that it resembles fiberglass, with a strong weight-saving aluminum superstructure, the Real Ships Expedition 68 brings safety and luxury to long-distance voyagers. With its high bow and elevated pilothouse aft, the 68 draws on elements of commercial ship design for her purposeful looks. A bulbous bow, double collision bulkheads and a steel reinforced grounding shoe are notable safety features. Bilge keels and skegs supporting prop shafts protect the running gear and stabilizing fins in the event of grounding. Real Ships offers the flexibility to change layouts, widen the saloon for extra space, even lengthen the design to suit an owner's needs. Luxurious interiors can include liberal use of American cherry bulkheads and cabinetry, Brazilian cherry soles, beautiful carved details, rare inlays and designer fabrics. Full-sized KitchenAid appliances and granite countertops grace the galley in this three- or four-stateroom layout. Real Ships, (954) 764-3702; www.realships.com
Selene 57 Ocean
Building on the popularity of its 53, the new Selene 57 Ocean adds length, beam and height to increase livability and comfort. A Stidd helm chair in the raised pilothouse commands sweeping views through reverse-raked windows, and addresses a helm console large enough for the most sophisticated suite of networked electronics. The expanded flying bridge and boat deck add more comfort for larger crowds and room for an optional hydraulic davit and RIB. The three-stateroom layout includes a full-beam master amidships with en suite head, plus a spacious guest cabin forward and a third cabin with over and under bunks; both cabins share a large head with separate shower. The U-shaped galley and expansive saloon are on the same level as the aft cockpit. A Portuguese bridge houses three massive storage lockers and gives quick access to the well-protected foredeck. Selene Ocean Trawlers; www.selenetrawlers.com
Symbol 45 Pilothouse
Jack Sarin designed the Symbol 45 Pilothouse with traditional lines for efficient operation, but on a semi-displacement hull capable of higher speeds. With a single 455 hp Caterpillar C-7, the 45 Pilothouse cruises at 10.5 knots and maxes out at 12 knots. Equipped with a pair of 500 hp Yanmar diesels, the 45 cruises at 18 knots with a top speed of 19.5 knots. A 10kW Northern Lights shielded genset provides the power for air-conditioning and heating, an electric windlass and dual anchor roller system, washer/dryer and a state of the art entertainment package. The interior is satin-finished teak or cherry, joined with the precision that has become a Symbol trademark. Symbol Yachts, (954) 463-0101; www.heartmarine.com