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After 230,000 miles under sail, a cruising couple made the decision to buy a trawler and never looked back.

Have you noticed how many trawler owners started out as sailors? Everyone’s story is unique, but there are a few common threads. Many sailors eventually find that they, their partner or both want a bit more comfort and space than even the best cruising sailboats offer. Handling sails and heavily loaded lines becomes more challenging as we age. A trawler’s comfort, safety and ease combine for an attractive alternative.

Many sailors start the transition by fully enclosing the cockpit of their sailboats. Eventually, they realize they’re spending more time motoring than sailing, and they succumb to the siren’s song of a comfortable trawler with all the amenities of home, including big windows that offer a front-row seat to the beauty that surrounds us while cruising.

Jade at the Torii Gate, the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island near Hiroshima, Japan.

Joël Marc

I still love sailing, and kept a small sailboat even after we purchased our Selene trawler. I day-sail on Puget Sound in the warm summer breeze. But for cruising, it’s hard to beat a heavy,…

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