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Comparing Displacement Hulls

Selene Hull FormShopping for any large ticket item can be confusing. Fans of Selene, Nordhavn, Kady Krogen, and other brands will always be able to explain, usually convincingly, why their particular favorite is “better than” other available choices. To some degree, preferences are subjective. Does exterior styling outweigh interior layout? Is an extra knot or two of cruising speed more important than maximum fuel economy? Given a finite amount of space with which to work, should the engine room be a greater priority than the master stateroom? There is no universal and always correct answer to these or many other factors considered when choosing among displacement hulls. New displacement hull trawler prices begin at several hundred thousand dollars, and often run up into seven figures. With that kind of money at stake, most buyers will hope to make the best possible and most fully informed choice.  Competing marketing claims, testimony from equally loyal current owners, and inconsistent expert reviews are confusing.  With only a short sea trial prior to typical purchase, how can a shopper realistically and objectively compare competing hull designs and anticipate performance? Read Full Article

Ocean Trawler Yachts at TrawlerFest 2015 in Anacortes, WA

Join us for the premier Trawler event in the Pacific Northwest – TrawlerFest – May 12-17, 2015 in Anacortes, Washington!

Trawler Fest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows, specifically designed for cruising enthusiasts. TrawlerFest features an impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, first-class education and demonstrations, the latest in marine products & services, and opportunities to share cruising adventures with fellow cruisers, industry experts and your favorite PassageMaker editors.

In the water May 14th – 18th at Cap Sante Marine in Anacortes, Ocean Trawler Yachts will be showcasing three outstanding vessels at our dock.  Explore the remarkable Seahorse  52′ Midnight Sun, view a Seahorse 54′, and two exceptional Selene trawlers currently on offer:

M/V “Happy Days”
Selene Trawler, 47′ – 2003  
M/V “C Otter”
Selene Trawler, 43′ – 2005
HappyDaysTF COtterTF

For more information, call our Ocean Trawler Yachts Certified Professional Yacht Brokers 206-659-0710  or visit   http://www.passagemaker.com/events/trawlerfest-anacortes-2015/.

Boat Show Hours:
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am -3pm

Port of Anacortes
1019 Q Ave #C
Anacortes, WA 98221

Ticket Information:

General Admission: $15 in advance, $18 on site

Taming of the Single Screw Part I, Natural and Mechanical Forces


Single screw inboards suffer from an inaccurate reputation. Some boaters labor under the impression that controlling a single engine powerboat, particularly in close quarter situations, is an arcane art or esoteric science. Many a mind’s eye must envision a ceremony during which a capricious King Neptune instantly bestows the secret knowledge required to tame a single screw boat to some randomly selected group of old salts, and totally prohibits the rest of the us from ever really catching on. It isn’t uncommon to meet boaters who feel that a twin engine boat is absolutely essential, and some of that set would be nearly helpless if required to maneuver with one of the engines out of commission. Still others would only consider a single engine powerboat if there were bow thrusters, stern thrusters, (or possibly both) installed.

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Encore Aweigh De Anza III

De Anza III

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Trawlers Transition from Sail to Power, Part 3

Trawlers Transition from Sail to PowerThe pleasure boat paradigm began shifting in the middle of the 20th Century. Simultaneous developments in the United States and Great Britain ushered in the era of long range voyaging under power. In southern California, naval architect Arthur DeFever, who designed most of the tuna and sardine fish boats built in the 1950’s, was a member of the Offshore Cruising Club. Virtually every member of the club was a sailor, but a small group of members approached DeFever to discuss designing and building cruising powerboats with the same long range capability, fuel efficiency, and seaworthy design of DeFever’s renowned fish boats. It is possible to frame a valid argument that the custom boats created for members of the Offshore Cruising Club of San Diego were among the first cruising pleasure boats designated “trawlers”.

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Trawlers Transition from Sail to Power, Part 2

Rudolf DieselAs the 19th Century transitioned to the 20th and Benjamin Beneteau was combatting the smear tactics of competing shipyards, mechanical engineer Rudolf Diesel was perfecting his modification of the internal combustion engine. Diesel was aware that over 90% of the fuel used in steam engines was wasted, never converted to mechanical propulsion. Diesel correctly theorized that there would be an incredible demand for an extremely efficient, reliable, internal combustion engine capable of running on commonly available fuels. Rudolph Diesel dreamed that farmers might be able to grow and process their own fuels, and his first engines were fired with peanut oil. When Rudolph Diesel disappeared from a passenger liner in the early 1900’s, conspiracy theorists suggested he came to foul play at the hands of thugs hired by petroleum barons. When we refer to “diesel fuel” today, we normally refer to fuel refined from petroleum.

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Trawlers Transition from Sail to Power, Part 1

Trawlers Transition from Sail and PowerSelene, Nordhavn, Kadey-Krogen; from a historical perspective these and other leading brands of trawlers are relative newcomers. The term “trawler” is now universally understood to refer to a power vessel, generally designed for economical, long range, coastal or trans-oceanic cruising. A contemporary pleasure boater contemplating a serious sea voyage will begin with a fundamental choice that wasn’t a serious consideration a mere 50 or 60 years ago- power, or sail?

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No Grief on a Reef (in your Selene Trawler): Local Hazards

Nordhavn on a reef

So, if a boater takes care in Pole Pass, around Blind Island, thinks twice before attempting Wasp Passage, remains aware of hazards near Johns Pass and follows general advice about entering Fisherman Bay, everything else should be a snap, right? No, not quite.

We have endeavored to list some of the more common challenges in the San Juans, but certainly haven’t touched on most of them. Boaters are well advised to remain “situationally aware” are all times. A properly scaled chart or plotter, along with a depth sounder, will help prevent a lot of events almost certain to ruin a vacation. Some hazards are as localized as the submerged shelf, just in front of the breakwater, that complicates access to the south side of the docks at Rosario Resort.

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No Grief on a Reef (in your Selene Trawler): Blind Island

0822boat_aground3Blind Bay is along the north shore of Shaw Island, immediately west of the Shaw Island ferry landing and the popular Shaw Island General Store. Good anchorage is available here, with Blind Island protecting much of the bay from northerlies and Shaw Island blocking winds from the south.

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No Grief on a Reef (in your Selene Trawler): Pole Pass

grief on a reefThe opening between Crane and Orcas Islands requires careful navigation, but is much less hazardous than using nearby Wasp Passage. The gap between the islands is narrow. Early settlers coined the name Pole Pass because Native Americans routinely stretched fish nets from poles on either side of the waterway to snare migratory waterfowl. There are rocks on either side of the pass itself, reducing the most prudently navigated area to a width of perhaps 150 feet. The pass is short, and it is customary for vessels to proceed through one at a time. If there’s a boat in Pole Pass as you approach, throttling back just a little should allow the other vessel to clear before you arrive. It is not unusual to encounter current in Pole Pass, but it doesn’t present a significant challenge for boats making a centerline passage through the gap.

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