Given my intimate knowledge of these North Sea trawlers I have been contracted on occasions to provide purchase advice.
If you are seriously interested in buying a trawler for conversion to a private yacht, feel free to contact me.
The trawlers shown below are for sale. Expect to pay between Euro 650-950 K, depending on the age (1983-89). These are very fine trawlers, in excellent state of maintainance (yearly to 2-yearly dockings are normal). Lengths very between 38 and 43 meters (122-139 ft) with drafts of up to 16 ft. These are vessels for serious blue water cruising. They can be designed to be operated by a crew of 3.
I can work as your manager/technical consultant for the mechanical & electrical equipment selection and arrangements. I can also offer building supervision provided you do the conversion at the NavTech Shipyard in Cartagena and our finishing facilities in Panama . The Maaskant Shipyard in The Netherlands is another good option. There you won’t need me to be on top of the job but, it will take a lot longer as they are busy with new contruction and it will cost you considerably more.
If you live in the US and want a very VERY high level finishing, you may want to consider doing the steel- and mechanical work in Cartagena and the finishing in the US or in Panama (it’s easier and cheaper to get working crew and/or parts/items to Panama). It will still bring cost savings. With our own conversion for instance, we estimate the removal work (steel, masting, isolation, rubbing strikes, etc.) cost about 1/4 of what it would cost in The Netherlands and is done twice as fast.
So for the conversion, Colombia is the most cost-effective place, possibly in combination with finishing in Panama. If you want some very high-end finishing which require special craftmanship, you can take the vessel to your country.
Contact: Thorwald Westmaas
thorwald @ expeditionyacht dot org
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