Waterline Boats received an order for a Helmsman Trawlers from a Canadian customer to build a 31 Sedan that will be the first to use a John Deere engine. This customer is an exceptionally knowledgeable boater, with many boats under his current and prior ownership, and prefers to operate at displacement speeds with a lower RPM engine. Consequently we’re installing a 4045TFM85 engine rated at 125 horsepower at 2500 rpm. This will provide reliable and long-lived propulsion with a top speed in the range of 9 knots and a cruising speed of 7 to 8 knots. The 31 Sedan, based upon the well-known and capable Camano 31 hull, is designed to operate well at higher semi-displacement speeds but its hull is very well-suited to displacement operation also. It has a substantial long keel with skeg-hung rudder, a low center of gravity, high freeboard, tough construction, and a slightly rounded transom to enhance tracking in following seas. This will be an interesting power combination and will appeal to others who want a compact, reliable yacht-quality trawler that is NOT a planing boat in disguise.
Waterline Boats joined the Boatshed International Yacht Brokerage group in 2008 and has renewed its license for five years. The Boatshed group is headquartered in England and is one of the largest yacht brokerages in the world, with 63 locations world-wide, 700,000 + registered customers, 21,000 boats sold, and over 260,000 website visitors monthly.
“Boatshed is a friendly, collaborative network of boat sales professionals, and a highly-sophisticated and innovative internet marketing platform” says Scott Helker, president of Waterline Boats. “It was easy for us to make the decision to continue our relationship. Boatshed’s systems are simply better for those who list their boat for sale with Waterline Boats, and better for our buyers. Which means more business for us! The Boatshed team is remarkably driven to lead the industry by putting innovative marketing and sales technology into the hands of all the brokers in its member offices. A recent example is 360 Virtual Tours on the Boatshed platform — another method for presenting boats that is helpful to buyers as they research their choices online”.
Pictured above is the Waterline Boats crew, with Neil Chapman (back row center), founder and Managing Director of Boatshed.
Born in Indiana and raised in Texas, Randy Hacker got his love of boating from his family. Specifically his father, who loved to fish, and who often took Randy with him. While Randy doesn’t consider himself the most avid of fishermen, his memory of being on boats as a child influenced his decision to get into the boating business later in life. Randy bought his first boat, a 14’ runabout, at the age of 17.
“When you’re at that age the first things you want are a boat and a car. We primarily water-skied and we did a little bit of over night camping, which was a lot of fun. That’s what got me into the brokerage business – the great memories that come from boating with the family.”
Before becoming a broker Randy had a long career in the consumer electronics industry. This career eventually brought him to Seattle. Randy loved Seattle because it was (and still is) a city that embraces and is embraced by boaters. After decades in the corporate world Randy was ready for a change.
“I just wanted to do something that was more fun and that gave me the ability to help people enjoy the boating experience — because this the BEST area to enjoy boating.”
Randy started his brokerage career in Seattle in 1999. He jumped right in, working with a company that builds large boats (65’-82’) and visiting their factory in Taiwan many times. Randy found that he enjoyed the boat business.
In 2011, the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association referred Randy to Scott and Lisa Helker of Waterline Boats. Randy admired their business values, how they treated their customers and employees, and what they were doing with the new Helmsman Trawlers line. He has worked for Waterline Boats ever since.
Currently Randy owns a small sailboat and enjoys whatever time he can spend on his boat.
“That’s probably one of the most therapeutic things you can do. Boats always love and reciprocate your attention. Some people like to fly planes, some people like to fish, some people like to hang around the bar. I like hanging around boats.”
53′ / Spencer Pilothouse / 1978 / 1xdiesel / Bainbridge Island / Agent-Dave Carleson
52′ / Vantare Aft Cabin / 1988 / 2xdiesel / Seattle / Agent-Gary Buck
When construction of the Spencer Pilothouse and the Vantare Aft Cabin listings are complete they will appear on our Waterline Boats Inventory page with a photo and link to their complete specifications, up to 80 large format photos and video tour!
Beat the rush! Call 206-282-0110 before these listings go live to learn more or to make an appointment for your personal preview.
**Interested in selling your boat?
Then speak to one of our specialist brokers about what Waterline Boats / Boatshedcan do for you! We will view your boat, take up to 80 interior and exterior photos. Plus build an inventory and list the boat’s full specifications in detail. It will then go live on boatshedseattle.com and across all Boatshed offices world wide. With offices from Seattle to Athens to Phuket. We also advertise on Yachtworld.com, Boattrader.com, and many other boat-specific websites as well as print media. We handle the whole sale including viewings, negotiations, contracts and post sale services. Our crew strives to make the process enjoyable and easy for buyers and sellers.
Waterline Boats has been busy selling boats in its brokerage inventory and currently has fresh water moorage available at its Westlake Ave N docks — for a mutually-agreeable short term, or month-to-month. Up to 70’. Call Scott at 206-282-0110.
Is your boat for sale?
A special deal on our display moorage may be available with your listing. Check out the benefits of lising with Waterline Boats / Boatshed here: Why List With Us?
Michael and Cindi Valliere are shown aboard their new 2016 Helmsman Trawlers® 38 Pilothouse. Their boating experience was gained years ago aboard a smaller boat, but they’ve quickly become adept at operating this pilothouse flybridge trawler. When not cruising the magnificent waters of the Pacific Northwest they will moor their new Helmsman — SOUND VENTURE — in Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island, WA.
Welcome Aboard Michael and Cindi!
Looking for a bigger boat? Waterline Boats can help you with a great selection of pre-owned boats through its Boatshed brokerage services. Or new boats — with Helmsman Trawlers, Krogen Express and Bracewell Yachts as its quality brands.
This clever mooring buoy was spotted in Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island.
Kudos to its owner for his or her “jaws” dropping wit!
Waterline Boats Brokerage – Powered by Boatshed
With offices from Seattle to Athens to Phuket. Boatshed presentations include full specifications in detail, up to 80 interior and exterior photos, video tours, & recently added 360 virtual tours. Our Waterline Boats Crew strives to make the entire buying process fun & enjoyable for both the buyer and the seller.