Defining Trawlers and Determining if One is Right For You

According to, a trawler is “a very distinct type of power boat designed for long-distance cruising, and in many cases, living aboard for significant stretches of time.”

Once you know what a trawler is, they are easy to recognize. Trawlers are typically somewhere between 26-50 feet in length with an inboard engine, and have a look that is reminiscent of a workboat. Most importantly, a trawler must be able to stay at sea for extended periods of time, which means that it has to provide adequate living accommodations and operate efficiently to avoid frequent fuel stops.

Is a trawler right for you?

Trawlers are typically for people looking to take long vacations or travel without time constraints. Most often, trawler owners are in it for the journey as much as the destination. For some trawler owners, they regularly cruise intercoastal waterways to travel north and south depending on seasons.

While long trips typically require larger and higher quality trawlers, there are smaller trawlers that are better designed for weekend cruising.

How much does it cost to purchase and own a trawler?

The biggest consideration in the up-front and long-term costs of a trawler is its size. You can see our full selection of Florida trawler boats on our website as a baseline for determining how much you might pay for a trawler.

One distinct advantage of trawlers over other powerboats are their efficiency. Fuel costs are minimal because you’re typically moving at low cruising speeds, so no matter your up-front costs, your fuel costs will remain low.

Trawlers are a great boating option for adventurous spirits or those who enjoy spending long periods of time on the water. At Florida Mariner, we have an ever-changing selection of pre-owned trawlers for you to explore.