I know, I know, this thread is beaten to death, obviously, but if I could pose it just one more time, for some fresh responses, say 2012 fuel prices, boat market, etc. have obviously all been impacted? So, why have I personally been drawn to the Trawlers? Well, for straters, I live/work onboard a 260' commercial supply vessel, so when I think of going out into open seas, etc., I obviously think of big, heavy, slow, but safe? Not including you blow-boat folks, although it is at the edge of my mind always..... On one hand, I envision myself chugging along efficiently, comfortable in the fact that a sudden squall, or rough patch of sea will not quickly turn into an emergency, or send me running for shelter. Living onboard part time, in a spacious living space. Working on and maintaining a single diesel engine, and genny, and maintaing a steel hull..... OR-- Being able to quickly cruise from one locale to another, spending more time at destination than in getting there, etc. Thirdly- longevity? Today, I cant even imagine wanting to actually cruise across the pond, but having a boat transported there seems much more useful, but of course, as with many other items, I expect that will change in time as I delve deeper asnd deeper into the world of cruising... So, lets assume I am not interested in trading boats regularly, it would seem that a trawler type vessel will meet my current desires, and leave open doors for the future? If a newer model trawler is purchased today, with proper maintenance, etc., in 20 years from now, it will still be a solid craft, yes?