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Soundings.Mainship Buying a 43-foot trawler without your wife seeing the boat first? Some might consider that a risky move, but for Sandy Fink, it wasn’t much of a stretch. The 64-year-old retiree and his wife, Fran, agreed they were interested in buying a trawler, with the shared intention of cruising out of their home port in Warwick, R.I. They’d already looked at lots of boats together and knew each other’s tastes. They even agreed on the builder. “We’d been looking together at Mainship’s 34-foot and 40-foot sedan trawlers, traveling from Maine to New York,” the retired auto salvage company owner says. “We got real good at rating the boats as to our needs.” Last fall, Fink heard about a clean, well-priced 2003 Mainship 430 aft cockpit located in southern Connecticut and arranged with listing broker Hank Aldrich Yacht Sales (www.hankaldrichyachtsales.com) in Essex to have a look. “The first time I saw her, I mumbled, ‘Holy cow!’ She was so beautiful and big,” Fink says. The trawler was priced to sell, and after a sea trial, haul-out and an extensive survey, Fink made an initial offer of $180,000, which was accepted. “I did this without my wife seeing her, but we agreed...

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2003 Mainship 430 aft cockpit

Buying a 43-foot trawler without your wife seeing the boat first? Some might consider that a risky move, but for Sandy Fink, it wasn’t much of a stretch. The 64-year-old retiree and his wife, Fran, agreed they were interested in buying a trawler, with the shared intention of cruising out of their home port in […]

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