Geography lessons from the trawler clan
Bob and Sharon Bond bought their Krogen 42 in 2007 and named her Big Run. They spent their first three summers on Chesapeake Bay, upgrading gear, repairing systems and, mostly, just learning about their boat, which they love.
Now retired, they cruise to the Bahamas to escape the Pennsylvania winter — and to further their education. In March, they learned one of their biggest lessons yet.
Kevin and Donna Steele, Nordic Tug 39 Carefree
On weekend cruising and beyond
The good: The solar panels on the pilothouse roof allow us to keep Carefree on a mooring all season and have enough juice to keep all of our food and beverages cool, so when we come on board, it’s plug-and-play. And the boat has a combination of liveability, solid construction and reliability, seaworthiness and fuel economy that make it the right boat for us.
You can cover a lot of miles with a trailerable trawler
Story and photos by George Sass Sr.
Until recently, most of my cruising has been done on trawler-style boats designed for crossing oceans or at least capable of serious coastal cruising. Crossing over to the “dark side” of powerboats after years of sailing, I became a devout convert to trawlers, espousing the many virtues of such brands as Nordhavn, Grand Banks, Fleming and Great Harbour.
These lists are by no means complete and Soundings encourages readers to e-mail additions, as well as the reasoning behind the suggestions.
Capt. Barry Kallander, owner of Commander, a Nordhavn 40, tells the story behind the dramatic photograph of a summer squall off Cape Cod, Mass.
I spend most of my time cruising New England, including a trip to Maine each summer. I have been providing charters since I bought Commander in 2005, focused on trawler training, from marine systems to navigation to vessel operation.
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