July 1, 2013
When The Water Calls ... We Follow

June 20, 2013
New Adventures

May 31, 2013
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

January 1, 2013
Magical Weather & Mysterious Ports

December 15, 2012
Collins Inlet, Killarney, & Little Current

December 1, 2012
New Neighbors

November 16, 2012
What Makes a Perfect Anchorage?

November 1, 2012
Are We There Yet?

October 15, 2012

October 1, 2012
Womens Roundtable

September 15, 2012
Freedom to Discover a Southern Gem

September 1, 2012

August 15, 2012
Nice to Have Options

August 1, 2012
Go West!

July 15, 2012
The Perfect Boating Vacation Destination

July 1, 2012

June 15, 2012
Flagler’s Folly

June 1, 2012
Everglades Detour

May 15, 2012
Making New Friends

May 1, 2012
Something Old and Something New

April 15, 2012
Florida’s Wide Open West Coast

April 1, 2012
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

December 1, 2011
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

October 1, 2010
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"

July 15, 2010
One Day At A Time

July 1, 2010
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

June 15, 2010
Lets All Do the Rendezvous

June 1, 2010
On the Hard

May 15, 2010
Falling in Love With Key West

May 1, 2010
Helping Women Get On Board

April 15, 2010
Key West - A Repeat Performance

April 1, 2010
Unexpected Pleasures

March 15, 2010
Mom Cruise

March 1, 2010
Okeechobee Bound

February 15, 2010
Chance Encounters

February 1, 2010
Three Nights in Paradise

January 15, 2010
New Frontiers

January 1, 2010
First Time Experiences

December 15, 2009
A Friend In Every Port

December 1, 2009
Dealing With A Temperamental Lady

November 18, 2009
You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

November 13, 2009
A Cult Following

October 15, 2009
Somewhere in Time

October 1, 2009
Unlocking Our Minds Eye

September 18, 2009
Its In My Nature

August 15, 2009
The RBS Antidote

August 1, 2009
Crab Crazy

July 15, 2009
Sights And Sounds Of The Bay

July 15, 2009
Sights And Sounds Of The Bay

June 15, 2009
Our Last Leg North

June 1, 2009
Northern Migration

May 15, 2009

May 1, 2009
Hello Goodbye

April 15, 2009
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


Helping Hands
By Kismet, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By Jim Favors

While driving across the state of Florida Lisa and I were listening to the radio and humming to “Proud Mary,” a classic Ike and Tina Turner tune from the early 1970s. I couldn’t help but marvel at how the line in the song, “people on the water are happy to give” rang so true to me as we made our way to Tampa to get aboard a North Pacific 28 trailerable trawler. I reference the lyrics in Proud Mary because the folks who own the boat we were going to see were virtual strangers to us and yet they were willing to take the time to open up their boat for us to tour. The boating community is just that way, always willing to give a helping hand.

Earlier in our trip, I spoke with Trevor Brice, at the North Pacific Yachts factory, about finding one of their trailer trawler models in Florida, he offered to make contact with owners Rod and Anna to arrange for us to tour their boat – it was the only one located in Florida. They were more than happy to do so and emailed us shortly after talking with Trevor to arrange a meeting time and place.

Anna and Rod next to their North Pacific 28, Scarecrow. The feature they liked most about this boat are these sliding pilothouse doors.

We met Rod and Anna at the marina where they dock their 28’ North Pacific Trawler. They had arrived a bit before us and the boat had its doors wide open and ready for our tour. Although North Pacific has been building boats since 2004, the 28 is a relatively new model for them. Rod and Anna have only owned their new boat for one year and bought it for the specific purpose of doing the Great Loop boat trip, which they will embark on some time in March 2011. When we first saw the boat, tied up port side to the dock, it appeared larger than its 28-foot length, probably because of its more traditional trawler lines. Rod explained that one of the deciding factors for them choosing this boat over another had to do with the dedicated raised pilothouse with the sliding doors on both port and starboard sides. They also went on to state that their working relationship with Trevor, during and after the boat was built, has been nothing but positive.

The North Pacific 28’s pilothouse, like the rest of the boats interior, has a classic tug feel and features a finely crafted teak wood finish.

In our search and research for a trailerable trawler, we’ve tried to talk with as many current owners as possible. The saying “where the rubber meets the road” comes to mind and says a lot about how consumer satisfaction has a lot to do with a company’s success. What we’ve found so far has been an impressive state of affairs for most of these boat-building companies we’ve been exploring. The market will surely favor those companies that take care of their present and future customers.

In addition to Rod and Anna’s positive comments about their experience with North Pacific Yachts, we also met Mike and Judy, at the Trawler Fest, (Ft. Lauderdale) a couple from Ohio who own a Ranger Tug 25. We were all on board one of the Rangers when I happened to comment about how Ranger seemed to pack a lot into 27 feet. They agreed and shared some positive comments about the company’s willingness to educate and support their customers, even after the sale is complete. They were at the Trawler Fest to look at the larger 29 and you could tell from their comments that they were so pleased with the 25 that it wouldn’t be long before they upsized to the larger one. The important thing for me was that their comments were unsolicited. He stated how easy the company was to work with, that when he called them they’d either help or guide him immediately or call him back in a short period of time. When a current customer makes these types of comments about a product or company, it sure makes it easier to think about doing business with them yourself. It makes so much sense to me I wonder why all businesses don’t take care of their customers like this?


Buoy fenders are very useful for boaters but these monsters might be a just little big for a trailerable trawler!

Jim and Mim made contact with us before we left for our trip to Florida. They have, over the years, owned a Nordic Tug 32 and 37’ before downsizing to a trailerable trawler. They currently have a Rosborough RF-246 on order and have dealt with Rosborough’s marketing rep Peter Brown as well as the owner, Bob Rosborough. Jim made this comment to me, “Both have been true gentlemen and have never pushed.” The interesting thing for me is that Jim reached out to us to help us in our research, he had positive comments about many boat lines and constructive suggestions on why he ultimately chose Rosborough, including but not limited to its unsinkable, solid construction, sliding side doors and extended cockpit roof, not to mention a good working relationship with Peter.

Recently I’ve written that Lisa and I like to walk the docks of marinas to see boats and meet people traveling the Great Loop. Last summer, on one such outing, we met another couple, Pete and Anna at the city marina in Traverse City, Michigan. They were flying the AGLCA burgee so we stopped to say hello and to offer any assistance with local knowledge. Pete and Anna are from Massachusetts, own a Nordic Tug 32 and were just a couple of months into their 6,000-mile Great Loop adventure. While in Marathon, during our Florida trip, Lisa and I were picking up supplies at the grocery store and guess who we ran into? You guessed it, Pete and Anna on Blue Yonder.

We spotted this 1996 Nordic Tug 26 in Traverse City last summer; many call this boat the original trailerable trawler.

I saw them over by the dairy section (sounds like the start of a country western song) and commented to Lisa, “Isn’t that the couple from the Nordic Tug we met in Traverse City last summer?” We got their attention and chatted for a while, they told us about their Looping experiences and we shared with them the reason we were in Florida. Pete stated that their prior boat had been a Nordic Tug 26 and that it was a very solid, reliable boat, one they had been very happy with. Even though the NT 26 is a very roomy boat and one very suitable for our needs, they stated that the only reason for trading it in for a NT 32 was a personal desire to have a larger boat to do the Great Loop boat trip. As we went our separate ways I couldn’t help but wonder how fortunate it was for us to bump into someone that had owned a Nordic Tug 26 and could tell us a little bit about its virtues.

With a slightly wider beam (9’7”), this 1996 Nordic Tug interior is a little roomier than most trailerable trawlers.

Another helpful trailerable trawler owner contacted us recently to suggest I check the different factory owner’s group forums to get better insight into their respective boats. I took the advice and discovered a wealth of information about how the current owners use their boats, where they travel to, how they overcame trailering issues, how they found boat ramps and a host of other topics. Each boat company we’ve written about has an owner’s group; this is a powerful tool not only for the new owner but for a prospective buyer as well. When you have a situation to solve or explore you have a ready network of fellow boaters who have a wealth of knowledge and are more than happy to help you remedy a problem or give some insight.

From reading posts on some of the forums, I learned of a simple but very important tool for this type of boating is an inland lakes guidebook to show where marinas and boat ramps are located? Where does one find a source for paper charts for inland lakes or rivers? Sure, I could surf the net but wouldn’t it be useful to have some input from a fellow boater who already has the answer? As I was writing this log for BoatUS, I sent an email off to one of the forums to see if I could find some answers to a few of my “newbie” questions. What I’ve found is that each time I visit one of these forums I discover a slew of even more intriguing topics, a few I hadn’t even had time to think of myself yet, such as those that cover trailer bunks, various rendezvous, diesel maintenance, battery charging, newsletters and more. The owner forums, websites, etc. are just another example of how boaters are more than willing to share and help one another, a win-win situation for everyone involved.

There are many websites, forums and individual blogs out there, here are a few of the ones I found to have the most comprehensive contributions:

Ranger Tugs: www.tugnuts.com
C-Dory: www.c-brats.com
Rosborough: rosboroughboats.com
North Pacific: northpacificyachts.com/owners
Nordic Tugs: www.nentoa.org
As Lisa and I fly back to the frozen tundra of northern Michigan, with our short boating fix behind us, we find ourselves more anxious to get out of the “dreaming” mode and back into the “doing” mode. After this trip, our path is a little more defined and we are beginning to get a clearer picture in our minds about how our future boating vessel and lifestyle will look like. A big thanks to everyone who helped us on this research tour and quest for our future Kismet.