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.


This story will be available in the future as part of Boat Trader’s Best Boat Deals series,  but the boat listings below may not be. If you click through to an expired link it means that someone nabbed the bargain — or the owner had second thoughts about selling.

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1970 Grand Banks 42

1970 Grand Banks 42

1970 Grand Banks 42

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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, and this 1970 model we found among Boat Trader’s listings is well-equipped and ready to go cruising.

  • 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.
  • There are a pair of Ford Lehman diesel inboard engines, each with around 2,750 hours. They are rated at 120 horsepower. 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.
  • A full complement of electronics is installed. The listing describes a package including a Robertson autopilot, Raytheon fishfinder/depthsounder, primary and secondary Raytheon and Raymarine radars, Raytheon chartplotter, and VHF radio.
  • Though the boat needs some TLC here and there, the asking price of $50,000 is reasonable given her overall decent condition and full inventory of cruising equipment.
2006 Monk 2 Stateroom Trawler

2006 Monk 2 Stateroom Trawler

2006 Monk 36

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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. Though they are not built anymore, we did find a rare late-model Monk 36 that appears in the listing photos to be turn-key ready for passagemaking.

  • The Monk 36 was outfitted with single inboard diesel power throughout its production run. This 2006 model has a 220-horsepower Cummins with 2,908 hours. The turbo and gearbox cooler were recently replaced. There’s also an Onan nine-kilowatt diesel generator on board.
  • 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.
  • A full complement of electronics is installed and ready to go, including Raymarine radar, Raymarine E80 multifunction display, Raymarine autopilot, Icom VHF radio, and Simrad VHF radio with AIS transceiver.
  • Recent maintenance includes a topside and cabin compound and wax, shaft alignment, bottom sanding and bottom paint, and the recent installation of a new freshwater electric head in the master stateroom.
1981 Kadey-Krogen 42

1981 Kadey-Krogen 42

1981 Kadey-Krogen 42

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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. This 1981 model we found in the listings appears to be well-equipped, well-maintained, and ready to cruise.

  • 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 and has only 1,127 hours. The seller reports a fuel burn of only three gallons per hour at an eight-knot cruise. A Phasor eight-kilowatt diesel generator is installed and has only 140 hours.
  • Additional cruising equipment includes a 10-foot RIB with Mercury four-horsepower, four-stroke outboard; plow- and Danforth-style ground tackle with Lewmar windlass, reverse-cycle air conditioning, bow thruster, raw water anchor wash-down, and SeaFire Halon fire suppression system.
  • Among the included electronics are a Raymarine radar, Raymarine E90 multifunction display (fly bridge), a Raymarine E120 multifunction display (pilothouse), a Simrad AP20 autopilot, depth and wind displays, VHF radios at the pilothouse and fly bridge helm stations, and a loud hailer.

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