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  1. Pelagic Dreams

    Pelagic Dreams Senior Member

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    Been a while guys. We are thinking of getting into the trawler market even though we love power cats. But that jump is a bit big right now. Our primary cursing grounds would be the Bahamas. Maybe the Eastern Seaboard. What is the general thoughts about the smaller trawler vessels such as American Tug, North Pacific and Nordic Tugs? Are these three conducive to occasional blue water crossings or are they more of a shore boat?
    We are looking the larger boats 49 + feet. Two cabin, single engine maybe another couple on occasion. An RP would be our first choice.
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    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    Nordic Tugs are excellant quality. The American Tug doesn't impress me. All I've encountered of both did mostly inland cruising. So I'd be hesitant to recommend either as blue water boats. The North Pacific looks interesting, a bit like the Norhaven, but I'm not familiar with them.
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    The tugs in the 49+' range can certainly handle crossings to the Bahamas. Have you considered a Kadey Krogen? Or a Grand Banks? Or an older Hatteras? I'd suggest concentrating more on what you want in the boat than the brand.
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    I would recommend cruising in shallow waters to fulfill that goal :p Glad to see you back. If you're looking at 49+ then you are in pricey boats in that category; not sure you will get the bang for the buck nor the easy resale capability. I would vote for Krogen, GB, or Krogen Express for your size, cursing grounds, and occasional bluewater.

    Judy
  5. Pelagic Dreams

    Pelagic Dreams Senior Member

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    That's what I thought. Something kept telling me "you get what you pay for." We will keep looking. My only problem with Krogen and Grand Banks is they look like your Grand Pa's station wagon. Esp. on the inside. We will see.
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    And American Tug and Nordic Tug look like.....well, tugs....lol

    Appearance is in the eye of the beholder. However, I'd try to be open minded and look at the utility of the boat as well. If we don't want to look like Grand Pa then maybe Fountain or at least Sunseeker or Riva. Well, except technically Riva looks like your Grand Pa's Riva.
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    Pelagic Dreams Senior Member

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    Judy, that Bering 55 you have listed is one sweet boat. I wish we were in the position to move on that today. We are a couple of years out but that vessel seems to have just the right amount of space and a very robust platform.
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    Thanks, PD! I appreciate your keeping an eye on my inventory. :)

    Judy