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I think the biggest difference in your situation between a sailboat & a trawler will be the stairs going in and out of the cabin. There are at least 6 steps on most decent sized sailboats. They are fairly steep, depending on the size of the boat. Some are more like ladders. Is your wife really up for doing that all the time?
A Europa style trawler is almost all on one level. It's hard enough to get on and off the boat, climbing the steps would seem like quite a chore over time.
I highly recomend you & your wife take a day sail this summer before diving into this.
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You've obviously never been a cruising catamaran.. Going into the salon is literally walking through a doorway on most... and there are usually only two or three steps down to either hull, and they're much more like the steps you'd find in a house...rather than a companionway ladder.

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I think the biggest difference in your situation between a sailboat & a trawler will be the stairs going in and out of the cabin. There are at least 6 steps on most decent sized sailboats. They are fairly steep, depending on the size of the boat. Some are more like ladders. Is your wife really up for doing that all the time?
A Europa style trawler is almost all on one level. It's hard enough to get on and off the boat, climbing the steps would seem like quite a chore over time.
I highly recomend you & your wife take a day sail this summer before diving into this.

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