Chunky Little Trawler Yachts are all the Rage

It seems that the pint-sized superyacht is back in favour with news of several being built.

First we hear of Vripack designing a 17m Family Trawler for Brazilian owners to use in home waters.  Making it a Brazilian bonanza the yacht will also be built in Brazil.

To make it possible for the family to explore their beautiful South American waters, their yacht will be equipped with have exceptional seagoing cruising characteristics.

The layout of this steel trawler with aluminium superstructure has been designed in close deliberation with the owner

His wishes were clear; large exterior living area’s to provide maximum outdoor pleasure and functional storage for several water sport accessories.      

The flybridge is equipped with a newly designed radar arch and bimini above the outdoor steering position and comfortable L-seat. Aft a dinghy and sailing boat can be stored beside the crane. Along the stainless steel safety railing, the designers have created plenty of space for surfboard storage.

In the Salon on the main deck a large lounge area is situated together with a spacious galley and, just a few steps up, the professionally built wheelhouse. On the fore deck you will find a large lounge area and aft a comfortable sun protected area with a large family bench and access to the swimming platform. 

The interior is designed to accommodate a family and their guests in separate cabins with several bathrooms. The lower deck is divided in to an Owners cabin with spacious bathroom in front, a portside VIP cabin with twin bed, a starboard Guest cabin with bunk bed and a separate bathroom with day head. Aft is situated a large lazarette for inflatable gadgets with integrated passarelle and a large electric hatch for easy entrance to the engine room.

The modern chunky appearance is created by the higher bulwark, bridge windows for a more sturdy appearance and by removing the traditional dodger.

This yacht with high flared bow sections is propelled by two diesel engines and with her specially designed lines plan, this semi-displacement yacht reaches a maximum speed of 12 knots.

The 3500 litre fuel tanks are ample for a ship this size providing 2550 nautical miles of range at a cruising speed of 8 knots.

Then we hear that  

Seaton Yachts from Newport, RI, USA have announced plans to develop and market their Expedition Eighty-Three ICE CLASS 1D standards by building them at at Burger’s shipyard in Manitowoc, WI, USA.

The Chunky 25 metre yacht is designed for unlimited ocean service, with the range to cross any ocean at 10 to 12 knots.

Commercially-rated diesel engines provide redundancy and safety for extended cruising in remote areas. With twin engines, bow and stern thrusters, and hydraulic mooring capstans, the yacht is an exceptional seaworthy, long range yacht that is easy to manoeuvre.

The tri-deck configuration will be finished with plenty of living space. Designed to be operated and maintained solely by the owner (despite the fact she is over 24 metres), she offers self-contained crew quarters for owners choosing to have crew.

The main deck will feature full walk-around side decks and high, solid bulwarks, providing on-deck protection and security in any sea conditions. Watertight exterior doors, heavy-duty windows, and big-ship features such as automatic tank vent closures are all part of a motor vessel designed for ocean travel. She is designed and built for extended life aboard at sea, at anchor or dockside.

The foredeck houses a large primary tender and a small flotilla of waterborne toys and shore-going necessities such as motorbikes. All can be launched from either side using the high-capacity hydraulic foredeck crane.

The idea is that when delivered, the yacht will be “bring your toothbrush—complete” and ready to go cruising.