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First Helmsman Trawlers 38E Pilothouse – Delivered


The first Helmsman Trawlers® 38E Pilothouse has been delivered to California!

Below are a few photo images of the California delivered Helmsman Trawlers 38E. Hull number two of the 38E will be arriving to the Pacific Northwest in the coming month.


You just might want to learn more about Helmsman Trawlers® and the 38E Pilothouse – go to Or give us a call – 206-282-0110 to view the models at our Seattle Docks. We have a new 2017 43 Pilothouse, a 2016 38 Pilothouse and a new 2016 31 Sedan.

Are you curious about the 37 Sedan? Just let us know in advance so we can make arrangements for you to get aboard.

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Waterline Boats at Bay Bridge TrawlerFest!

Waterline Boats will be participating in the 2016 Bay Bridge TrawlerFest sponsored by PassageMaker — with a like brand new 2015 Helmsman Trawlers 31 Sedan on display!

We are excited about the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Sedan participating in the 2016 Bay Bridge TrawlerFest. As well as enthused to present all the updates and enhancements to a well-known design. The original Camano was highly regarded for its outstanding hull, sea-keeping abilities and economy at a range of speeds. Helmsman Trawlers® has updated the exterior lines, thoughtfully redesigned the interior, and developed a true bantam trawler yacht at a remarkable price!

Some distinctive features include a beautiful and luxurious master suite with generous (and separate!) head and shower compartments, sizable galley with plentiful storage, large fridge/freezer, bountiful lighting and visibility, and gorgeous interior craftsmanship. This is truly a yacht-quality small trawler.

This 2015 Helmsman 31 Sedan has a custom interior. Thus, without the traditional built-in settee but instead with two small and comfy barrel chairs with a movable multi-function high/low dining/side table.
To preview this boat before the show click2015 Helmsman Trawlers® 31 Sedan

There’s so much more to see… At Bay Bridge TrawlerFest 2016

Agent Paul Burbach is equipped with information, brochures and handouts on all of our Helmsman Trawlers® models.
43 Pilothouse – 38 Pilothouse – 37 Sedan – 31 Sedan

TrawlerFest In Water Show Dates & Times
Sep 27 – Oct 1
THU – SAT 10am – 5pm

Bay Bridge Marina
357 Pier 1 Rd
Stevensville MD 21666

Can’t make it to TrawlerFest and want to see this bantam trawler? No problem! Just give our agent Paul a call. 240-508-8779

For more Helmsman Trawlers models and information> Helmsman Trawlers
For more information on TrawlerFest> 2016 TrawlerFest Bay Bridge

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First New Helmsman Trawlers® 38E Unveiled & Offloaded

Ta da! The first new Helmsman Trawlers® 38E Pilothouse has been offloaded and unveiled in Long Beach CA and will soon be underway to its homeport in San Diego.

The Helmsman Trawlers 38E Pilothouse has several modifications to the deck design. extended cockpit cover – improved rain drip control – modified forward window line – overall appearance

Can you see any of these changes in the teaser photos?


Stay tuned…
for more updates and photos following the arrival of the 38E to its San Diego homeport.

In the meantime…
view model renditions and more information on the 38E click> 38E Pilothouse

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First New Helmsman Trawlers® 38E Pilothouse

Helmsman Trawlers 38E PilothouseWaterline Boats is happy to share that the first NEW Helmsman Trawlers® 38E is completed and wrapped for shipment – to be unveiled soon!

Helmsman Trawlers® has revised the 38 Pilothouse model, with the new designation of 38E Pilothouse. Modifications to the deck design add an extended cockpit cover, improve rain drip control around the pilothouse roof, and modify the forward window shape and the vessel’s overall appearance. In addition, the 38E now includes even better engine noise control.

To view model renditions and for more information on the 38E click> 38E Pilothouse

Stay tuned…
for more updates and photos following the unveiling of the 38E!

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Waterline Boats at Boats Afloat 2016!

Boats-Afloat-2016Waterline Boats will have two NEW Helmsman Trawlers® on display at the South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show!

A NEW 2017 43 Pilothouse and a NEW 2016 31 Sedan. Information on other Helmsman Trawlers® models will also be available.
Check out the 43 – 38 – 37 – 31 before the show…at

Waterline Boats also represents Krogen Express Yachts and Bracewell Yachts.
We will have updates & information for the Krogen Express 52 – Bracewell 54 – Bracewell 41 Trawler – Bracewell Commander 34 at the show.
For more information on each of these builders and models, go to our site, click on New Yachts in the menu bar, or the builders icon on the sidebar.


Waterline Boats Brokerage – Powered by Boatshed – will have a 2006 Camano 41 Trawler in the show along with a presentation of our entire brokerage inventory.

Boatshed Seattle | Boatshed Tacoma | Boatshed Everett

Show details:
Boats Afloat Runs Sep 14 – 18

Show Hours:
Wed-Fri 11AM – 6PM
Sat-Sun 10AM – 6PM
Click for show information> Boats Afloat 2016

We can’t wait to see you there!

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New to the Helmsman Trawlers Family!

Lee and Sally Shobe are not new to boating having moved up from a smaller trawler to a new 2016 Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse.

Lee and Sally are mooring their new Helmsman in Edmonds, WA – a great central location whether cruising North or South Puget Sound. They are members of the Edmonds Yacht Club and have immediate plans to participate in the yacht club’s summer cruises.

Welcome Aboard Lee and Sally!



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Helmsman Trawlers 31


ON DECK at Waterline Boats!

31′ / Helmsman Trawlers 31 / 2015 / power / 1xdiesel / Kent Island, MD / Agent-Scott Helker

When construction of this Helmsman Trawlers 31 listing is complete it will appear on our Waterline Boats Inventory page with a photo and link to the complete specifications, up to 80 large format photos and video tour!

Beat the rush! Call 206-282-0110 before this listing goes live to learn more or to make an appointment for your personal preview.

**Interested in selling your boat? Then speak to one of our specialist brokers about what Waterline Boats / Boatshed can do for you! We will view your boat, take up to 80 interior and exterior photos, plus inventory and list the boat’s full specifications in detail. It will then go live on and across all Boatshed offices world wide with offices from Seattle to Athens to Phuket. We also advertise on,, and many other boat-specific websites as well as print media. We handle the whole sale including viewings, negotiations, contracts and post sale services and strive to make the process enjoyable and easy for buyers and sellers.

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Thirty-One-Derful Feet

Lisa and I enjoyed the opportunity for a little Pacific Northwest cruising aboard our new Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano while taking her to PassageMaker’s TrawlerFest in Anacortes. This gem is the latest (and the most compact) addition to the line of Helmsman Trawlers. We’ve been working for several years on this project to update and substantially redesign the venerable Camano 31 and were glad for some sea time to “test cruise” the finished product.

What a fine little yacht this is.

We knew it would handle well and feel solid on the water — the original highly-regarded Camano hull is unchanged — and it pleased us with its surefootedness and performance. Whether running at 7 or 9 or 13 knots this boat was solid. The bow stayed down for great lower-helm visibility at all speeds, and she tracked and handled waves from all directions confidently.

As for living aboard we admittedly felt a bit self-satisfied with our interior redesign. The stateroom was nothing short of luxurious and spacious. The separate head and shower compartments are amenities associated with much larger yachts. The salon with its up galley and built-in helm and companion seating was wonderfully functional and comfortable, especially while underway. And as with all of our Helmsman Trawlers we admired the construction quality, the fine teak and varnish interior, and the tight craftsmanship so much in evidence.

Things that were even better than we expected?

  • Storage — the yard did such a great job fitting storage drawers, cabinets and cubbies into places we hadn’t anticipated that there will be no lack of storage for an extended cruise. The hanging locker in the master stateroom is really a “wow” for a boat this size. Usually the first thing to be jettisoned in the design of smaller boats, we’re glad to say that storage has increased signficantly with this redesign from the original Camano 31.
  • The engine — the Hyundai Seasall V-6 diesel was amazingly smooth and quiet. Operation, even at higher speeds, is truly pleasant.

Lisa and I are fortunate to spend a lot of time aboard quality yachts — mostly much larger than this Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano. We can honestly say that thanks to yacht-quality construction, time-tested hull design, a completely new interior design, and the latest in well-engineered propulsion we felt like we compromised nothing while on our short cruise. This is an incredible amount of boat in a compact size, and — let’s face it — FUN is most accessible when you’re not worrying about complex systems and costs and fuel consumption and maintenance and finding large-enough moorage and….

Scott Helker



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Helmsman 2016 38 Pilothouse Offload

It is exciting every time to approach the massive Cosco cargo ship at the Port of Seattle and search for the location of the most important cargo on board. But this time was different – a search wasn’t necessary at all. The Waterline Boats delivery crew and new owner had no difficulty spotting the Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse grandly perched at the head of the ship.

We were all up bright and early Monday morning boarding our reliable and experienced tow boat. Not just ready, but enthusiastic to assist with the offload of another Helmsman Trawlers. Each offload experience is different from the last and this time the prestigious location dictated our special cargo to be offloaded first. Not the usual hurry up and wait scenario we’re used to…what a great start!

Lee and Sally Shobe ordered their new construction 38 Pilothouse last fall – we were happy that Lee could participate in this offload event especially on such a beautiful May morning.

It was an impressive and successful delivery – everything went smoothly. This one starting with a ship to shore offload of the 38 Pilothouse for inspection and placement of the slings under the hull. Once approved and ready the vessel was hoisted up off shore, traveled back over the cargo ship and slowly and gently lowered into Elliot Bay. Scott turned the helm over and secured a life jacket while Roger, now at the helm maneuvered the tow boat toward the harnessed vessel. Scott carefully stepped off the tow boat and boarded the Helmsman, attached a tow line and soon both he and the boat were pulled free from the slings. Once clear from the Cosco ship, ferry lanes, an incoming cruise ship and an outgoing working tug our crew pulled the 38 in toward our tow boat and tied it along side. Gear and crew were transferred to the Pilothouse, systems checked, fuel was added, the engine started and Lee gave a confirming thumbs up! Now it’s through the locks and on to our Waterline Boats docks!





Fresh off the ship just hours earlier this new 2016 Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse is now being fully commissioned at our Waterline Boats Docks. Come on down… see a Helmsman Trawlers for yourself. Give us a call 206 282 0110

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New Helmsman Family Members

38-Allan-&-Yvonne-photoAllan Bogutz and Yvonne Rolston recently joined the Helmsman Trawlers family!

Both are experienced boaters and moved up from a smaller trawler to a new 2016 Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse. They moor their boat in Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island where Allan is the current Commodore of the Eagle Harbor Yacht Club, and Yvonne (Allan’s clever & accurate title for her) is the “Commadorable.” Allan and Yvonne plan to cruise the beautiful Pacific Northwest and have already unmoored for a cruise to Victoria, BC and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

Welcome Aboard Allan and Yvonne!


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