Helmsman Trawlers has begun building its largest trawler yet. The 46 Expedition Pilothouse will be powered by a 493-hp Cummins diesel, and according to the company, at 7.5 knots should have a range of 1,500 nautical miles. With standard bow and stern thrusters plus a large rudder, the 46 should be easy to handle, and it’s a solid choice for cruising the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Great Lakes, the Great Loop or almost anywhere else.
A raised pilothouse includes two high-backed pedestal helm seats and an L-shaped settee with table to accommodate as many as six people. Hinged, watertight Dutch doors to port and starboard lead to the side decks where stairs provide access to the flybridge with two helm seats plus another L-shaped settee with cocktail table.
The salon has room for two large freestanding chairs or recliners to port and a convertible U-shaped dining settee to starboard. A large galley to port has a Force 10 range, double sink, ample counter space, a double-drawer refrigerator, double-drawer freezer and microwave. Access to the cockpit is gained through the salon via an aluminum sliding door aft.
The 46 has two staterooms below. The master cabin is forward and has a raised queen-sized berth and en suite head with shower compartment. The guest stateroom is convertible to an office and also has a queen-sized berth plus a drop-down single berth with guest head and shower. There is a third head that can be accessed from the salon.
Helmsman has garnered a reputation for practical, well-built trawlers with simple systems that provide bang for their buck. According to the builder, the 46’s salon rivals that of 55-plus-foot boats. The 46 will be almost 52 feet LOA. If that’s not quite large enough for your needs, the builder’s website hints that a 54 Pilothouse could be on the way. A launch date for either boat was not available at press time.
More information is available at the Helmsman website