Illustrated by Jim Ewing
For outright sex appeal and legendary fishability, there’s nothing quite like the Buddy Davis 61. The exaggerated bow flare, the huge foredeck, the soaring outriggers, the action station aft surrounded by gleaming teak, where a chrome-and-varnish fighting chair can take center stage — it’s eye-catching, to say the least.
Trawlers from the other side of the Atlantic are finding American fans
Having been involved in the trawler market since the grand days of the first Grand Banks, Krogens, Island Gypsies, DeFevers and Marine Traders, I’ve enjoyed watching the evolution of this type of yacht during the past 40 years.
Consider the many kinds of “trawlers” in today’s market
Twenty-five years ago there was no question about what a cruising boat, or “trawler,” looked like. There were relatively few builders in the market space, and all of the vessels, whether built by Grand Banks, Willard, Kadey-Krogen or Marine Trader, operated mainly in the 7- to 9-knot range.
Don’t be fooled by their appearance. Trawlers often sport a traditional look, but they’re also packed with the latest technologies and designed to make cruising more enjoyable and safer.
Turning heads and tugging at hearts
One look at the photo, and you can tell it was a beautiful evening — an autumn twilight when the crisp air smells of sweet wood smoke and seems to be warmed, just a little, by the golden glow of the fading sun.
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