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Storing Our Shiny Red Tug

May 13, 2013
Viva La Difference

May 6, 2013
Swinging Free & Easy

April 15, 2013
In The Middle

March 29, 2013
On The Hook

March 18, 2013
Tinker Time

February 28, 2013
Jumping Into the Mix

February 15, 2013
Time Travel

February 6, 2013
Charlevoix - A Small Town With A World-Class Reputation

January 15, 2013
The Perfect Ending

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Magical Weather & Mysterious Ports

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Collins Inlet, Killarney, & Little Current

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New Neighbors

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What Makes a Perfect Anchorage?

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Are We There Yet?

October 15, 2012

October 1, 2012
Womens Roundtable

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Freedom to Discover a Southern Gem

September 1, 2012

August 15, 2012
Nice to Have Options

August 1, 2012
Go West!

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The Perfect Boating Vacation Destination

July 1, 2012

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Flagler’s Folly

June 1, 2012
Everglades Detour

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Making New Friends

May 1, 2012
Something Old and Something New

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Florida’s Wide Open West Coast

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Life On the Water in a Trailerable Trawler

March 15, 2012
Becoming Second Nature

March 1, 2012
Last Dance

February 15, 2012
Call it Romance or Mystique

February 1, 2012
Natural Wonders Abound

January 15, 2012
Hardly a Care in the World

January 1, 2012
Wide-Eyed Anticipation

December 15, 2011
Winding Our Way to Lake Powell

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On to New Cruising Grounds

November 15, 2011
Sharing the Love

November 1, 2011
On the Water Again

October 14, 2011
First Impressions

October 3, 2011
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Fun

September 15, 2011
Getting the Show on the Road

September 1, 2011
Lets Dance!

August 15, 2011
Getting Our Ducks in a Row

August 1, 2011
Summer Without a Boat

July 15, 2011
The Water and The Boater Home

July 1, 2011
One Step Closer

June 15, 2011
Time Keeps on slippin’ Into the Future

June 1, 2011
Made in the USA

May 15, 2011
Making the Right Truck Choice

May 1, 2011
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

April 15, 2011
What Goes Around Comes Around

April 1, 2011
Wishing Star Interlude

March 15, 2011
Helping Hands

March 1, 2011

February 15, 2011
Weighing the Options

February 1, 2011
Making a List, Checking it Twice!

January 14, 2011
The Science of Towing

December 30, 2010
The Upside of Downsizing

December 15, 2010
The New Plan!

December 1, 2010
Homeward Bound-The Final Leg

November 15, 2010
Somethings In The Water

November 1, 2010
Our Turn to Relax & Smile

October 15, 2010
Gem in the Rough

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Whats Your Favorite Place on the Loop?

September 15, 2010
Reflecting Pool

September 1, 2010
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

August 15, 2010
Canadian Wonderland

August 1, 2010
"Low Bridge, Everybody Down"

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One Day At A Time

July 1, 2010
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Lets All Do the Rendezvous

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On the Hard

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Falling in Love With Key West

May 1, 2010
Helping Women Get On Board

April 15, 2010
Key West - A Repeat Performance

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Unexpected Pleasures

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Mom Cruise

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February 15, 2010
Chance Encounters

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Three Nights in Paradise

January 15, 2010
New Frontiers

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A Friend In Every Port

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November 18, 2009
You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

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A Cult Following

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Its In My Nature

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Crab Crazy

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July 15, 2009
Sights And Sounds Of The Bay

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Our Last Leg North

June 1, 2009
Northern Migration

May 15, 2009

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Hello Goodbye

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Let The Sun Shine In!

April 1, 2009
Dont Worry, Be Happy

March 15, 2009
Bahama Bound

March 1, 2009
What Do You Do All Day?

February 15, 2009
Slow Motion

February 1, 2009
On The Hook With A Million-Dollar View

January 15, 2009
High Anxiety

January 1, 2009
A String Of One-Night Stands

December 15, 2008
Pushing Into New Tennessee River, Upstream To Adventure

December 1, 2008
All Together Now

November 15, 2008
Kismet in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ike

October 31, 2008
Our Love Affair With The River

October 16, 2008
Big City Lights

October 1, 2008
The Adventure Begins

September 15, 2008
Prepping For The Loop

September 1, 2008
The Space Ship

August 15, 2008
Jumping Aboard In Seattle

August 1, 2008
If We Knew Then What We Know Now!

July 10, 2008
The Second Time Around

July 1, 2008
Our Turn For The Great American Loop


The Upside of Downsizing
By Kismet, Thursday, December 30, 2010

By Jim Favors

It was amazing to me to see how much “stuff” we kept taking off of our old boat, the 40’ trawler, when we sold it. Lisa kept reminding me that it had been our home for the last five years so I kind of understood, but it seemed to me like we made a lot of trips up and down the dock moving our personal belongings off. What I understood Lisa to state was that our boat home was no different than a land based home in that we filled every nook and cranny with personal and work items. Because we lived on Kismet full-time and worked from the boat, we gradually began to miss out on the spontaneous attributes that drew us to boating in the first place. We think traveling by trailerable trawler will return us to the exploring vagabonds we truly are because now we’ll be able to leave most of that “stuff” at home.

So, what exactly is a trailerable trawler? I’d like to break down the words and what they mean to me as well as the various rules that different states apply toward towing your boat through them. First of all, for Lisa and me, the trawler part means that the boat would be a smaller version of a large trawler. The boat would have the same basic amenities as their larger counterparts with the understanding that most things would need to be downsized in order to fit into the skin of the more lean and nimble version. The boat could have a diesel inboard or gas outboards, a genset, bow thruster, GPS/radar, master state room, galley, head, dinette, a raised pilothouse if possible. The list of equipment from a full-size trawler to a trailerable trawler would be very similar it’s just that the capacities and dimensions are downsized.

Here’s an example of what a trailerable trawler looks like on it’s trailer, gives you a good idea about overall size, etc.


When I say trailerable it would seem rather straight forward that the trawler in question would need to be able to be towed to qualify. However, just because the boat fits onto a trailer doesn’t mean it automatically qualifies to be considered. In checking various websites, I found that there are no universal, national laws as it relates to towing a boat on a highway. Most states have a height restriction of 13’6” but some are different, most states have a width restriction of no more then 8’6” however, some are more and some less, some have safety chain and breakaway switch rules while again others do not. I also discovered that in states where the width is limited to 8’6” you could purchase a temporary permit, if your boat’s beam is wider than the limit, to tow your boat legally through that state. My research also found the wider boats could not typically be towed at night, some times not on weekends and almost all must travel at a reduced highway speed.

Lisa and I have been gathering information on trailerable trawlers and plan on doing more in-depth research by attending the Fort Lauderdale Trawler Fest (January, 2011-(http://www.passagemaker.com/MagazineandEvents/TrawlerFest/TrawlerFestHome/tabid/461/Default.aspx)) and later several of the boat manufacturing facilities. We really have not formed any definite opinions yet on any of the makes and models because we’ve never actually set foot on one of these trawlers. We think the more research we do, the better informed we’ll be, enabling us to make an intelligent buying decision. Based on boat magazine reviews and website browsing of several of these companies we’ve begun to put together a list of boats that, in our opinion, have great potential.

Our preliminary trailerable trawler “wish list” (subject to additions) includes: The C-Dory 26 Venture as well as their 26’ TomCat Catamaran, all made in Ferndale, Washington. We’ve also included the Nordic Tug 26, produced in Burlington, Washington (first introduced at the Seattle Boat Show in 1980). North Pacific Yachts has a 28’ raised pilothouse model that’s on our list, built in Asia – their commissioning and warranty service center is located in Oak Harbor, Washington. Ranger Tug has several models that are trailerable but it’s their 27’ model that is appealing to us, they are built in Kent, Washington. Lastly, only because I’ve listed everything alphabetically, is the RF 246 Sedan Cruiser from Rosborough, located in Murphy Cove, Nova Scotia Canada. The Rosborough Boat Company has a long history of boat making, dating back to 1955.

Here you see the 25’5” TomCat Catamaran from C-Dory with twin outboards, which I’ve read has a very stabile ride.

At 28’9” length and 9’6” wide this Nordic Tug has a lot to offer, least of which is its 30-year heritage. We especially like the raised pilothouse.

This North Pacific, at 27’10”, has an impressive list of standard equipment and again we like the raised pilothouse.

This stylish 27’1” Ranger Tug also has a long list of standard equipment, a mini pilothouse not to mention it’s easy on the eye.
Photo by Billy Black

This nice looking Rosborough 25’ Sedan Cruiser is just one of several models built by the Rosborough Family. The twin outboards shown are just one of the power plants available.

So with our early list in hand it’s time to decide what features, benefits, standard and optional equipment are important for our future boating needs. We understand that we’ll not be able to have everything on our wish list, but our objective is to get as close as we can. Our last boat had a washer/dryer so I’m guessing this would need to be scratched from a trailerable boat (not really important to us with this new boating plan). With this aside we do want a generator, an inverter with house batteries, heat/air, refrigerator/freezer, head w/holding tank, shower, hot water tank, dinette area, windlass and a raised pilothouse would be great but it’s not a deal breaker.

Because a boat’s design, layout, construction quality, standard and optional equipment availability are all a bit different the ability to make an intelligent decision requires a face to hull personal inspection as well as a sea trial. The best “first blush” impression, in our opinion, is to board and inspect as many of the models we’re interested in at a boat show, where all or most of the models will be on display. Most of these boats are surely to be at the Fort Lauderdale Trawler Fest in 2011.

Our plan is to attend the show in late January, tour as many of the boats on our list as we can, maybe add a few new ones and narrow our list down for the second round.

Stage two of our plan would be to make a trip to the manufacturing and or service/commissioning centers for as many of the boats we still have an interest in. As luck would have it four of the five companies, on our initial list, are located in the Pacific Northwest. A trip to Seattle, sometime after the Fort Lauderdale Show, to tour the plants, view the production process and take a sea trail, would help us narrow our list down considerably. We may have to make a separate road trip to Nova Scotia, where the Rosborough’s are made.

One of our three sons, Ross, lives in Portland Oregon so a trip out west would be an added bonus. Although Ross has visited us several times over the last five years, we haven’t been to Portland to visit him in about three years. My thinking would be to fly into Portland, visit Ross for a few days then head north to Washington State to start the factory visits. Then, Lisa and I can really dig into the nitty-gritty of the “upside of downsizing.”

The Little Toot, with Lisa and me in the background, did not make our short list of trailerable trawlers, but it sure would be a conversation starter.