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Thirty-One-Derful Feet

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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

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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!

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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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Waterline Boats at 2016 TrawlerFest!

2016-TrawlerFestWaterline Boats will be participating in the 2016 Anacortes TrawlerFest sponsored by PassageMaker — and we’ll have a new Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano on display!

We are excited about the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano debuting in its first TrawlerFest and 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 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. And there’s so much more to see … At Anacortes TrawlerFest 2016.

TrawlerFest In Water Show Dates & Times
May 19 – May 21
THU – SAT 10am – 5pm

Can’t make it to TrawlerFest and want to see this bantam trawler? No problem! The Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano is at our Waterline Boats docks. Just give us a call and one of our agents will show you aboard.

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

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Waterline Boats at Annapolis-Bay Bridge Boat Show!

Bay-Bridge-BS-2016Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle is participating in the Annapolis 2016 Bay Bridge Boat Show…

..with a 2008 Mariner 37 Seville Pilothouse.

You’ll find us on Dock C where we are displaying this beautiful blue hulled, with white topsides and shiny stainless rails vessel. This well-outfitted low hours trawler appears in excellent condition on its exterior as well as its interior and is a MUST SEE!

Once you step aboard you will see that the roomy interior design gives the feeling of being on a much larger boat than what the model number implies. The warmth and elegance of the teak and holly and the quality and craftsmanship of the joinery are sure to impress.

Our agents will be happy to point out the many unique features of the pilothouse design. The hide-away storage, great visibility from the pilothouse helm and throughout, the day head off the salon and the separate head and shower in the master stateroom just to name a few.

This boat was originally imported and sold as a Mariner Yachts International 37 Seville Pilothouse, the predecessor to the current Helmsman Trawlers® 38 Pilothouse. Our Waterline Boats agents are prepared to supply information on all the Helmsman Trawlers Models – 43 Pilothouse – 38 Pilothouse – 37 Sedan – 31 Camano.

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To preview (full specs and 112 photos), the 2008 Mariner 37 click> 2008 Pilothouse

Compare this boat to a Nordic Tug 37 or 39, or to an American Tug 34, 365 or 395. You’ll find that the Helmsman Trawlers is roomier, has a more finely-crafted interior, and is built to an impressive standard.

For more information on the Helmsman Trawlers line click> Helmsman Trawlers

The Bay Bridge Show show takes place at the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Maryland.

Dates – Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Times – Friday and Saturday are from 10:00 am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

For more information on the Annapolis Bay Bridge Show click> Bay Bridge Show

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Helmsman 31 Camano Featured in Waggoner Cruising News!

Waggoners-31-ArticleThe Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano Review – Appearing in “Inboxes” Now!

Last November Waggoner Cruising Guide changed its format from the monthly online e-magazine to a twice monthly e-newsletter format that delivers fresh articles and information direct to your email inbox. We are proud to say that this week the newsletter features the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano!

Editor & Publisher, Mark Bunzel reviewed the Helmsman Trawlers 31 and authored the article entitled – The New Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano: An Impressive Redesign.

Can’t find the newsletter in YOUR inbox?
Just click the link to take you to the Waggoner Cruising Guide article.
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Looking to learn more?
View – Features / Specifications, Interior / Exterior Photos, Pricing / Options by clicking > Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano

Have you thinking you just gotta see? (You really do!)
Then come to our Waterline Boats – Seattle Docks and step aboard our demo Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano. It is impressive!
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**In the event the Waggoner Cruising link has expired by the time you read this, go to the SHOWS & ARTICLES page on the Helmsman Trawlers site to download a pdf of the article. Or simply Click> Helmsman Trawlers Shows & Articles

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Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano – Featured in Sea Magazine

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That’s right! The Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano is featured in SEA Magazine’s March 2016 issue. If this issue is not in your inbox or your mailbox it can be found on news stands now.

Roger Mcafee performed the SEA Trial and authored the article CAMANO 31 REINCARNATION DONE WELL which begins on page 34. Read about the Camano 31 reincarnation as the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano. You’ll learn a bit of the history of the 31, things that were changed and things that were intentionally not changed, the boat’s performance underway, and the tester’s opinion.

Got you curious…just can’t wait? Then go to the SHOWS & ARTICLES page on the Helmsman Trawlers site to download the article. Or simply Click> Helmsman Trawlers Shows & Articles

To view more Features / Specifications, Interior / Exterior Photos, Pricing / Options of the 31 Camano and check out the other Helmsman models while you’re there. Click> Helmsman Trawlers

Questions…want to see the Helmsman 31 for yourself? Give us a call! A demo Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano is at our Seattle docks. 206-282-0110

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Helmsman Trawlers 38 – Chris-Craft 33

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38′ / Helmsman Trawlers 38 Pilothouse / 2008 / power / 1xdiesel  / Maryland / Agent-Paul Burbach
33′ / Chris-Craft 33 Commander / 1986 / power / 2xgas  / Seattle / Agent-Roger Drill

When construction of these listings are complete they will appear on our Waterline Boats Inventory page with a photo and link to their complete specifications, up to 80 large format photos and video tour!

Beat the rush! Call 206-282-0110 before these listings go live to learn more or to make an appointment for your personal preview.

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Helmsman Trawlers New 31 Camano …

PY-31-Articlefeatured in the February issue of Pacific Yachting – find it on newsstands now!

Check out the ON BOARD POWER article by Peter A. Robson, entitled Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano – The 31 Camano is back in production and better than ever. The article begins on page 78 with an interior exterior photo inset on page 80. To view more photo interiors / exteriors and specifications of the 31 Camano go to > helmsman trawlers.com

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Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano uses Hyundai SeasAll Engine

Hyundai-Engine-GuyHelmsman Trawlers is one of the first US yacht brands to use the HYUNDAI SEASALL S-Series engines. And WOW — this is an impressive engine!

This 3.0 liter V6 common-rail diesel engine was designed specifically for marine applications, and has a proven track record of reliable operation and low maintenance costs in Europe and Asia. Having recently earned US EPA Tier 3 emissions certification this beautifully-engineered engine is now available in the US.

We are impressed with its smooth, quiet operation. Especially notable is the nearly vibration-free operation at low RPM — compare this to any of the four-cylinder diesels in this horsepower or displacement range, which make a boat feel like life-sized electric football.

And we’re also wowed by its many design features including a readily-accessible raw water pump, a built-in electric oil change pump, integral water-in-fuel sensor, and comprehensive dashboard instrumentation. This compact package fits beautifully into the Helmsman Trawlers 31 Camano engine room, and because of its V6 configuration it allows for excellent access forward and aft of the engine.

Hyundai brags about the use of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) for the cylinder block, stating that it is lighter and quieter than conventional grey cast iron, while demonstrating much higher tensile strength, stiffness and fatigue strength than steel or aluminum. Real-world experience has proven this to to be a very long-lasting block in commercial applications, like in the iconic canal boats of Venice.

Specifically for Helmsman Trawlers Hyundai is providing a special 240 hp continuous duty version of the S270 engine — a perfectly-matched and hardy powerplant.

Dealers and service agents for this engine are rapidly increasing throughout the US under the national distributor Performance Diesel Inc.

Click here for Hyundai SeasAll’s S-Series webpage: Hyundai SeasAll

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