Posted: May 1, 2012 | Tag: Miscellaneous
These vessels were the first that were brought in from Taiwan in the 1980s, and they were popular for years. They faded from the market, not because there was anything wrong with the design, but because boaters began wanting bigger vessels, and they could easily borrow the money to buy them.
One of the features that drove people to larger boats was the lack of a useful cockpit on the tri-cabins, even though some of them had short cockpits. While this was not a problem for cruisers, it was perceived as a problem for fishermen and for people who wanted a quick and easy way to launch water toys.
The interesting thing is that with the downturn in the economy, the tri-cabins are making a comeback. Note the sea trial on the Corvette 340 (January, p. 26). This vessel, now commonly known as a “baby Fleming,” is a typical tri-cabin design from the late 1970s but built with modern materials and equipment. It has one of the most attractive aft master staterooms of any of the tri-cabins ever built.
There will be more new tri-cabin trawlers in the under-40-foot range appearing on the market if the economy stays in the doldrums much longer. And that’s a good thing — the trawlers, not the economy.