A Different Approach
As you can see, we have taken a different approach to designing our Great Harbour Trawlers. When you look at what so many of the popular brands of trawlers continue to offer, you'll see that they're pretty much a variation of the same old thing. And they continue to follow old design ideas which have been repeated so often that they seem like the gospel truth.
We started with a clean piece of paper and with a clear understanding of what the intended use of our trawlers was going to be. Our trawlers are designed for those who want all the comforts of home in a safe, easy-to-handle, easy-to-maintain, modestly sized and priced vessel that can go virtually anywhere.
To achieve these objectives, and to keep our boats reasonably priced, we had to think differently - in some cases going against what so called "experts" continue to preach. We would like to share our thought process with you by posting the following series of design discussions, most of which have been published in the boating press. As you read them, please keep in mind the intended use of our Great Harbour Trawlers. Hopefully you'll see the connection between our design philosophies and the fact that we have so many owners who are living their dreams aboard their Great Harbour Trawler.
Any trawler that draws more than four feet puts its owner at a disadvantage in America's most popular cruising grounds. Gunkholing becomes a chore. Anchoring means sharing waters crowded with sailboats while shallower spots lie empty. Worst of all, when the sky threatens, the deep-draft trawlers will find far fewer harbors of refuge to accommodate them. Do not believe the argument that deep draft is safer; deep draft does not equal stability or comfort.
By Ken Fickett
Ken is the founder of Mirage Manufacturing,