Grand Banks 32 Sedan (Manufacturing Years: 1965-95)
A contemporary basic, the Grand Banks 32 is without doubt one of the hottest small trawler designs ever produced. A complete of 861 have been constructed throughout her manufacturing years and used fashions are all the time in demand. Her distinctive profile remained primarily unchanged for the reason that authentic wooden fashions have been launched again in 1965. Certainly, at a distance it is very troublesome to differentiate between a pre-1973 wooden Grand Banks 32 and more moderen fiberglass fashions. Powered with a single 6-cylinder Lehman diesel, homeowners report lengthy hours of 7-knot cruising burning simply Three gallons per hour, the sort of gas financial system that ends in a variety of 500+ miles. A shallow keel protects the operating gear, and arduous aft chines assist to stabilize the trip. Beneath, the 32's simple and sensible cabin format -- compact, sure, however effectively organized -- will fulfill the fundamental necessities of the typical cruising couple. Storage is enough, the teak woodwork is elegant, and visibility from the decrease helm is excellent. The aft deck is massive sufficient for a few deck chairs, and large aspect decks present good foredeck entry. No matter their age, Grand Banks 32s are reliable and seaworthy small cruisers with basic trawler traces and glorious resale values. Whereas late fashions GB 32s are pricy certainly, it could be doable to search out an early all-fiberglass mannequin (1973, 1974, and so on.) for near the $50,000 mark. It will not be straightforward -- used Grand Banks fashions typically appeal to quite a lot of consideration every time one comes available on the market. With luck, nonetheless, a affected person purchaser may discover one which's structurally sound in want of solely average mechanical and/or beauty work.
Marine Dealer 34 Double Cabin (Manufacturing Years: 1972-2001)
The Marine Dealer 34 stays the best-selling small trawler ever imported and offered within the U.S. Constructed by CHB in Taiwan, there have been different distributors in addition to Marine Dealer and he or she could also be acknowledged on the West Coast because the La Paz, Eagle, or CHB 34 DC. She loved her greatest years through the 1970s when powerboats, with their massive fuel-guzzling engines, have been out of favor. There have been a number of updates to the 34 through the years. Previous to 1975 she was constructed with a plywood home and a fiberglass material overlay. Till 1985 the decks have been teak-planked and fixed by means of fiberglass to a balsa sub-deck - a continuing supply of deck leaks - and after 1985 the 34 was constructed of stable fiberglass. The flybridge was revised in 1991, and the teak window frames have been eradicated in 1992. Belodecks, the all-teak inside is organized with small staterooms fore and aft, two heads and a really sensible passageway from the aft stateroom to the cockpit. A decrease helm is commonplace, and a sliding salon door supplies easy accessibility to the deck. A single 135hp diesel cruises the MT 34 at 7 knots burning simply 2-Three gallons per hour. Whereas the Marine Dealer remained in manufacturing by means of 2001, patrons trying to preserve the worth below $50,000 ought to search for fashions through the late 1970s or early 1980s.
Californian 34 LRC (Manufacturing Years: 1977-84)
Historically styled and displaying a definite trawler profile, the Californian 34 is a still-popular household cruiser with distinctive low-speed financial system and-when geared up with the best engines-true planing-speed efficiency. Her stable fiberglass modified-V hull has a effective entry ahead that steadily ranges out into practically flat aftersections for stability and better velocity. Whereas most trawler-style boats have been imported from Asia, the Californians have been among the many few to have been constructed within the U.S. Broad aspect decks give her a somewhat slender salon, though the 2 staterooms under come as a shock on such a small boat. (Whereas a single-stateroom format was out there, the two-stateroom association was extra standard.) Darkish mahogany woodwork is utilized all through the inside. Outdoors, the aft deck space is massive sufficient for a couple of deck chairs, and there is seating for a couple of visitors on the massive flybridge. Cruising velocity is about 7 knots with commonplace 85hp Perkins diesels. Amongst a number of engine choices, Perkins 85hp diesels cruise at 7 knots; elective 210hp Cat (or 200hp Perkins) diesels cruise at 16-18 knots (20+ knots large open). Used Californian 34s priced at (or shut) to $50,000 are pretty frequent for mannequin years 1977-78.
Gulfstar 36 Trawler (Manufacturing Years: 1972-76)
A very talked-about boat in her day, it is fascinating to notice that the Gulfstar 36 Trawler was constructed on the identical semi-displacement hull used within the manufacturing of the Gulfstar 36 Motorsailer -- a sailboat. The profiles are about the identical, however the twin diesels of the Trawler present the maneuverability and efficiency required of a powerboat. Not that she's quick; her 80-hp Perkins diesels will cruise at 7.5 knots and attain 9-10 knots high. Her soft-chined hull is constructed of stable fiberglass and the keel is ballasted, making her a "actual" trawler within the eyes of many purists. In 1975 the Gulfstar 36 MK II model was launched that includes a raised aft deck, a full-beam grasp stateroom, a barely bigger flybridge, larger rudders, and a brand new teak inside to interchange the earlier woodgrain Formica (or mahogany) paneling. The engines have been additionally relocated additional outboard within the MK II mannequin, which is alleged to enhance dealing with. A number of two-stateroom floorplans have been used through the years with the most recent having the dinette to port and a starboard deck entry door. A straightforward-riding boat with a cushty movement, the Gulfstar 36 is economical to function and requires little upkeep. Twin Perkins 85hp diesels cruise effectively at 7-Eight knots.
Mainship 34 Diesel Cruiser (Manufacturing Years: 1978-82)
Launched in 1978, the Mainship 34 (typically referred to as the Mainship 34 Trawler) is without doubt one of the hottest small cruisers ever constructed. She was constructed on a stable fiberglass, semi-displacement hull with a deep forefoot, barely rounded bilges, and a full-length keel. The good attraction of the 34-aside from an reasonably priced price-had a lot to do along with her salty, trawler-style profile and her very good gas financial system at higher than trawler speeds. With a single 160hp Perkins 6-cylinder diesel, the Mainship's simply pushed hull will cruise at 10-11 knots burning solely 6 gallons per hour. At a extra relaxed 7-knot velocity, the gas consumption drops to a exceptional 2 gallons per hour. Belowdecks, the sensible single-stateroom floorplan is effectively suited to the wants of a cruising couple. A decrease helm was commonplace within the roomy salon, the galley contains all the required food-prep requirements, and a separate stall shower is included within the head. Topside, the flybridge seats two, and a bridge extension shades the cockpit. Word that moisture within the balsa-cored foredeck is a recognized drawback. Extra options embody a teak swim platform, windshield wiper, large aspect decks, and a foredeck mast. Regardless of her age, used Mainship 34s stay very talked-about at the moment. Properly maintained fashions are typically priced under $50,000.