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from Southwest Florida to the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers. That cruise was several months and took us to interesting small cities and large cities with easy access to outstanding museums, restaurants, and ball parks. Lucy and Charlie Iliff, and partners Bob and Linda Burnett, Indian Summer, 44-foot 1982 DeFever I love our trawler and feel totally relaxed as soon as I get on it. It is so comfortable, like a little house with little upkeep. We have a large salon with two very comfortable Lazy Boy chairs, good for reading, and a table settee which folds down into a double bed. The galley is separate, which I like, and there’s a large deck that’s great for entertaining. But what I like best is the layout. We have a master bedroom and head in the back of the boat and another bedroom and head forward. This is really nice when we have guests because it gives all of us privacy. I can’t think of a more perfect boat. We took a fantastic trip north a couple years ago, and soon we’ll shove off to head south down the ICW.

##Trawlers are ideal for early- and late-season cruising. Photo courtesty of Ed and Elaine Henn

Ed and Elaine Henn, 27-foot Ranger Tug We love our boat because it’s easy to handle, economical to operate, and very well equipped for its size. Our season begins in early April (since we’re “indoors” at the helm with a good heater) and ends in late October on the Bay. When we head south for the winter, we leave in late October and return in mid-April, giving us an 18-month season from April of our departure year through October of the follow-

ing year. Although we like our time on the Bay and have enjoyed several ICW cruises, we especially enjoyed our summer cruise north. After transiting New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and the Erie and Oswego Canals, we went as far as Ottawa and Montreal before heading down through Lake Champlain and back home. For those interested in purchasing a trawler, our advice is to consider exactly how and where the boat will be used, and don’t buy more boat than needed. #

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