Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Grand Banks, Monk, Kadey-Krogen

If you’ve got a bad case of nautical wanderlust… well, we’ve got a potential cure for you. It’s trawler-time in this installment of Expert’s Choice, where Boat Trader writers and editors dig through the listings to find what we feel are particularly good deals on quality boats. We found three awesome trawlers that are time-tested platforms for long-distance cruising under power: a classic Grand Banks design, a newer but well-loved model from Monk, and a Kadey-Krogen that’s been well-reviewed by boat journalists for decades.

1970 Grand Banks 42
A 1970 Grand Banks 42.

Grand Banks 42

When it comes to recreational trawlers there’s possibly no more popular or well-recognized design than the Grand Banks 42. A solid and sharp-looking platform riding on an efficient and seaworthy hull, the 42 was so good that it remained virtually unchanged for 20 years after its introduction. Today most folks call it the 42 Classic.

  • The Grand Banks 42 has a two-stateroom layout. The master is aft, while a V-berth guest cabin is situated in the bow. Each stateroom has its own enclosed head. The main saloon is on the bridge deck level with an L-shaped dinette, port-side bench, and a galley.
  • Exterior spaces on the Grand Banks 42 include a fly bridge with helm station, companion seating, and a sturdy hard top, as well as a small but cozy aft cockpit and additional gear stowage space on the master stateroom cabin top.
  • Cruise speed is around six or seven knots.
  • Comfort features aboard include an Isuzu generator, dual reverse-cycle air conditioning units, inverter, refrigeration, and a flat-screen television.

See Grand Banks 42 boats for sale on Boat Trader.

2006 Monk 2 Stateroom Trawler
A 2006 Monk 2 Stateroom Trawler.

Monk 36

Sharing its salty-looking lines with other trawlers like Grand Banks, Albin, and Defever, the Monk 36 was originally built in Taiwan. But from 1992 on it was built in Nova Scotia, Canada. New hulls were shipped on their bottoms to the U.S. East Coast.

  • The Monk 36 was outfitted with single inboard diesel power throughout its production run.
  • Cruisair reverse-cycle air conditioning helps keep things cool in the summer and an Espar diesel heater takes the chill off during colder months. Also on board is a flat-screen television, Sony marine stereo, bow thruster, windlass, dinghy with outboard, refrigeration, and more.
  • The Monk 36 has a similar interior layout to other trawlers in this size range. Forward is a guest stateroom with V-berth and an enclosed head, while aft is the master stateroom. There’s a queen-size berth and head/shower aft.
  • The main saloon is situated on the bridge deck and has a full galley, L-shaped dinette, and lower helm station. It’s easy to access from the side decks, thanks to two sliding doors.

View Monk 36 boats for sale on Boat Trader.

1981 Kadey-Krogen 42
A 1981 Kadey-Krogen 42.

Kadey-Krogen 42

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more shippy looking trawler than the Kadey-Krogen 42. It’s a raised-pilothouse trawler with lots of beam, a slippery and efficient hull, and incredible interior accommodations for her size.

  • A hallmark of the 42’s design is the massive amount of exterior deck space. There’s an expansive and well-protected aft cockpit, wide and easy-to-navigate side decks, a huge bow area, and a fly bridge with tons of space for hanging out while enjoying a commanding view.
  • Inside, the main saloon is situated aft and connects to the aft cockpit via a pair of French doors. On the same level and a little farther forward is a large U-shaped galley with tons of stowage space and plenty of room for food prep. A set of stairs leads up to the bridge deck, or down toward the two-staterooms and dual enclosed head/showers.
  • This 42 is equipped with a single inboard diesel manufactured by American Diesel. It kicks out 140-horsepower for a fuel burn of only three gallons per hour at an eight-knot cruise.

See Kadey Krogen 42 boats for sale on Boat Trader.

Written by: Gary Reich

Gary Reich is a Chesapeake Bay-based freelance writer and photojournalist with over 25 years of experience in the marine industry. He is the former editor of PropTalk Magazine and was the managing editor of the Waterway Guide. His writing and photography have been published in PassageMaker Magazine, Soundings, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Yachting Magazine, and Lakeland Boating, among others.