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Two Long-Distance Cruisers Find the
Upside of Downsizing to a Trailerable Trawler

Jim and Lisa Favors, Kismet
Jim and Lisa Favors had been avid boaters in the Great Lakes region for over 20 years before they bought a trailerable trawler. They spent the first year of retirement cruising the 6,000-mile Great Loop route on a 40′ trawler. One year turned into five years of cruising as liveaboards and another Loop trip under their belts. Their mission soon became a desire to share with others the joys of cruising USA and Canadian waterways.

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“We want to help people discover this rewarding lifestyle! We’re excited to continue our boating adventures on a trailerable trawler – a Ranger Tugs R27.”
Flexibility, mobility and affordability – trailerable boating is the wave of the future. “We use our tug as an RV when traveling to cruising destinations, staying at RV campgrounds all over the country. We can now cruise waterways unavailable to bigger boats. Our initial concerns of downsizing were easily set to rest once we headed out on the water in our new and improved Kismet.” – Jim & Lisa Favors  Read More

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Trailerable Trawler – North Channel, Canada

Kismet is anchored off Fox Island in the North Channel, Canada

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Lake Powell – Canyon Cruising on Kismet in the “Otherworld” of Boating

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Barry, As far as Trailering Clubs go, besides Tugnuts of course, there’s Airstream for example. We have subscribed to the Airstream Club Magazine for years containing trailering tips and articles that are very interesting, informative, and useful to anyone trailering Ranger Tugs or Boats with live-in accommodations. Although Airsteams don’t float, their 75 yrs of road experience on dry and wet land is valuable info. Their Club Magazine is helpful with complete coverage of all the important stuff while trailering a boat with live-in accommodations. Trailer Maint, All-Systems-Servicing, Safety, etc, it’s all there.
    – Bill & Jane

  2. Barry, As far as Trailering Clubs go, besides Tugnuts of course, there’s Airstream for example. We have subscribed to the Airstream Club Magazine for years containing trailering tips and articles that are very interesting, informative, and useful to anyone trailering Ranger Tugs or Boats with live-in accommodations. Although Airsteams don’t float, their 75 yrs of road experience on dry and wet land is valuable info. Their Club Magazine is helpful with complete coverage of all the important stuff while trailering a boat with live-in accommodations. Trailer Maint, All-Systems-Servicing, Safety, etc, it’s all there.
    – Bill & Jane

    1. On May 23, 2016, at 5:50 PM, billmoff@gmail.com wrote:

      Hi Jim & Lisa, thanks for your reply. My wife, Hope, and I have done a fair amount of cruising and now we are on the hard in an apartment in Canandaigua, NY. Hope is making friends madly here and I think is increasingly content. I am not. In my dreams, I am ready to acquire a used Ranger – 27 looks about right – and take the hell off. I like the sound of your loop. We have no Mississippi time on us but most of Ontario and most of the Erie Canal and ditto Hudson, including intracoastal from Manhattan to south end of the Alligator River, some of it alone and some with friends mostly in sailboats. We were Hunter sailors but ended on a 30 Catalina, where we began sailing some dozen years ago. We had a little administrative tine as Commodores of the Ontario Hunter fleet out of Toronto. Nothing big, just fun but plenty of times with the S scared out of me. Became a good friend of GPS!

      So I think the first question I would like to fire off at you is 1.How did you start a life of cruising? 2. How do you take a break from it? 3. Do you have to redecide each time to push off again? 4. What/where do you call home? 5. What about the kids – have any? 6. Clearly, you are not with fixed employment (we have sold our former biz and retired comfortably). 6. Has the Ranger been good to/for you? 7. How do you manage medical issues moving about? 8. What are the things about a boating life you could easily live without, weather notwithstanding. Do you have what you would call a “circle of friends” and how do you keep them? 9. What shoreside do you miss most as a cruising couple?

      Hope will have 19 questions for each of mine, so would be good to rendezvous somewhere if possible. Bye for now!
      billmoff@gmail.com

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      Hi Bill:

      The beauty of a boat like our Ranger R27, is that you can go where and when you want. That is of course if you are trailering your boat, which is what we do to a large extent. Trailering your boat can offer lots of flexibility when cruising the Great Loop route. We have friends who for one reason or another don’t want to commit to a 12-month journey, like the Great Loop, without breaks for whatever reason. These Ranger Tug cruisers will cruise the Tennessee River and Tom Bigbee waterway from Kentucky down to Mobile. Many will put in at the west coast of Florida and travel all the way down to the Keys. Another popular route starts at the Chesapeake Bay and ends in Georgia. Many include specific areas as side trips like the Abacos and parts of the North Channel and Georgia Bay. There are so many spots to consider it’s somewhat daunting. We have done this kind of trailering over the last 5 years, more and more boaters are experiencing the benefits of owning a trailerable trawler. This is one way to satisfy yourself and accommodate a spouse who might not like being gone for a full year or more.

      Lisa and I would boat in summer in Northern Michigan, going somewhere every weekend and for two weeks during the summer while we both worked. After learning about the Great Loop we decided this would be something we’d tackle at retirement, so we made that our goal. Once retired we sold our house and left on the Great Loop for a one-year trip. One year turned into 5 years of living on a boat and cruising. After 5 years we decided it was time to own a house again and sold our 40-foot boat, we bought a house in Traverse City, Michigan (where we lived prior to cruising) and soon after bought the R27, truck and trailer. We’ve fallen into a routine where we cruise from Jan through March or April down south, then trailer Kismet back to Michigan and do domestic stuff for a few months then resume cruising during the summer – off and on. In the fall we reposition our boat (before the snow flies) down south somewhere and work a cruise in at the same time. We do have adult children, none whom live in our hometown of Traverse City but who we see and get together with as often as we can, one lives in Grad Rapids, one returns often as he is an over the road truck driver and one lives in Oregon, where we visit often, with or without the boat, to see him, his partner and our grandkids.

      Ranger Tugs has been wonderful to us and I’d have many share their excellent customer service and support. They step up when there is a problem and don’t shy away from correcting issues to make them right, some that may not even be warranty items and they are aways available by phone to help out, answer questions and provide guidance. Do you know about the “Tugnuts” forum? If so great but if not go to this owner based forum (sign-up is free) and you’ll get an idea of what others think of Ranger Tugs. It is a boater’s community like no other.

      As far as medical we’re fortunate that we have not had to deal with too many issues but when we have it’s all worked out just fine. Probably the most challenging part is getting to and from a medical facility from the boat, but there are rental cars, buses and loaner cars, and other boaters are always willing to share a ride or a vehicle when needed. We’ve had medical issues in Ft Myers when we borrowed a car to access a clinic. Again in the Keys where a friend shuttled us to and from a clinic. We bought eye glasses in Victoria, BC within walking distance of our marina and visited clinic in Ft Lauderdale by just walking, however, we spent the entire day just waiting to get in. The good thing about medical insurance and/or Medicare is that it follows you around for service anywhere. No problems to date getting taken care of.

      The only thing I could do without in boating is the cleaning and maintenance….it all has to be done and I like to do it myself as I dislike paying big dollars for things I can do myself.

      Circle of friends? We are lucky to have many both on the water and at home. One of the reasons we sold our 40’ boat and bought a house again was our desire to get back to our land based community, to be closer to our family and friends. Being away those five years we lived onboard, was a problem only outpaced by all of the wonderful experiences we had boating during those 5 years. While cruising we created a whole stable of boating friends – people we would not have met had we not been boating. With that said Lisa and I are very good at being “in the moment” with what we’re doing. When we’re boating we give that 100% of our attention and try not to think about the house and home based stuff. Likewise when we’re home we concentrate 100% on that and don’t even think about boating, unless its planning the next adventure as we yearn for the adventure again.

      If you have not seen our books available on our blog (blog website listed below) you might want to check into them. I think “Women on Board Cruising” might be especially beneficial for helping get everyone onboard for your boating adventure with the R27. If after you look at the website and if you do have an interest, there is a 2-book special of $24.95 plus shipping. All books are available on Amazon as ebooks. As we’ll be heading to Canada in less then a week I could mail the books to you without you going on the website and you could just mail us a check. Beyond that let us know if you have any further questions, always glad to help.

      Jim F

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  3. Is there a club or website devoted exclusively to actual cruising with a “trailerable trawler”? FYI; we own a “C-Dory 22′ Cruiser” and use it on the Great Lakes and its tributaries summers. Delavan, WI is our home base.

    1. Barry:

      Your idea of a “Trailerable Trawler” club sounds like a great idea. The only ones I know of at a C-Dory and one for Ranger Tug and Cutwater owners called Tugnuts. Both of these hold rendezvous at different places in the country and have blogs that you might want to check out. If you hear of anything else please let me know.

      Jim F

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