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New England

By Kim Kavin — July 2004

   


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Trawler charter in New England is different, according to Hope Swift, a Massachusetts-based broker with 17 years’ experience. For the most part, the trawlers from Connecticut to Maine are privately owned, not part of fleets. They change every year depending on owners’ plans, but they typically are better-outfitted than bareboats. “There are trawlers up here with permanent crew aboard,” she says.

That’s good news, since boating in these waters is definitely different. “You could be surrounded by fog all of a sudden, and you need to know where you are,” she adds. “When it’s beautiful, it’s really beautiful. But you can have a few days of bad weather, and that’s why [crewed] trawlers are great.”

Bareboat prices range from about $3,300 per week for an older Grand Banks 36 to about $4,500 per week for a newer Grand Banks 42. Captains are about $175 per day extra, and crewed boats set their prices depending on the owner’s wishes. Expect to pay a higher security deposit than with a boat that’s part of a fleet. “It’s not perfect,” Swift says, “but this is the only way to do it, by the grace of an owner who gives up his boat for a couple of weeks in the summer.”

Swift Yacht Charters Phone: (800) 866-8340. hswift@swiftyachts.com. www.swiftyachts.com.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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