Trawlers Midwest is the U.S. sales rep for what, by every indication, is a capable 18-knot, 33-foot semiplaning inshore cruiser built of aluminum.
The Eco-Trawler 33 has a slender hull that minimizes resistance at its 13- to 15-knot cruise speed while producing a ride that benefits from its slice-and-dice hull form.
What exactly is seamanship? It encompasses the seaman’s art, which is to say everything involved in the operation of a vessel. Technically this includes marlinspike seamanship — tying knots and splicing lines, stowing cargo for sea, rigging heavy-weather lifelines, and so on. But here I’ll focus on the operational elements of seamanship — what the skipper needs to know and what equipment should be on board and ready for use to safely operate the boat.
You may need to tow someone or be towed someday, so it’s important to know how to rig a bridle to attach the hawser if you are doing the towing.
Buying a stock fiberglass boat is a pretty safe undertaking. You know what you’re getting, and since production boats are designed to appeal to the tastes of the average boating family, chances are you’ll be satisfied — if you’re an average boat owner.
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