Substance, style and quality for comfortable year-round cruising describes this Mainship 400 Trawler! Silk Rode was designed and fully equipped to take the cruising experience to a new level of comfort and convenience. This one-owner from new vessel represents Mainship’s third generation of trawlers. This Mainship 400 however, is the culmination of all the company’s trawler-building experience: It’s a well-crafted, substantial vessel with an enduring and timeless style.
Silk Rode is a remarkably seaworthy vessel. It has a full keel for maximum stability under way and provides protection to the 5 bladed prop and rudder. The hull construction provides a sailboat-like ride that takes chop with a sophisticated gentle up-and-down motion. When it’s needed and the throttle is pushed forward slightly, this 400 Trawler springs to life and it’s speed quickly approaches 14 knots.
Docking a single-screw boat can be a chore, but Silk Rode has a bow-thruster AND a stern-thruster which makes maneuvering and docking a simple breeze. This is a great addition that just about any skipper will appreciate — and will use regularly. The 400 Trawler powered with the economical Yanmar 370hp, burns less than 7 gallons per hour has a cruising range of 400 miles at 9 knots. Unlike most trawlers, the Mainship 400 has a modified V hull with flatter sections aft and chine lips for added performance. The engine room is surprisingly spacious with easy all-around access to every service point.
Added seaworthiness is not the only benefit gained by the Mainship 400 Trawler’s size. There’s an impressive amount of useable space, both topside and below-decks. The most striking example of this roominess is the fly-bridge. It’s one of the largest we’ve seen on a boat this size. Instead of the usual ladder configuration, a fully molded stairway leads to the upper deck. The helm is positioned on the centerline, and there are two forward-facing seats — one on each side. In addition, there’s an L-shaped bench along the port side and a straight bench to starboard. Silk Rode has a full fly-bridge enclosure with a SeaView glass panel with wiper. The aft end of the bridge-deck is open and has a cozy round table which provides an intimate setting for watching the sunset. An added luxury is the built-in fiberglass summer-kitchen console that holds the BBQ, a sink and an ice-make/freezer. The extended deck space on the fly-bridge provides a double benefit of covering the cockpit as well as the walk-around side-decks, protecting both areas from weather.
The walk-around side-decks leading to the fore-deck are wide, with a high railing for security when seas are rough. The windlass is mounted under cover, for protection. Silk Rode’s unique salon doors give the space a whole new dimension. It features double doors holding the floor-to-ceiling panels of tempered glass. The panel on the starboard side opens as the primary access to the cabin. The panel to port is hinged to fold out of the way. Once the doors are opened, the entire aft section of the salon opens up to the cockpit.
The salon is also open to a full galley, located forward and to starboard, which includes an oven and a three-burner range. There’s also a microwave oven, a full-size refrigerator/freezer. The galley is set around a generous expanse of Corian counter-top that holds a deep double-basin stainless steel sink with a designer faucet. A unique added feature in this vessel is the diesel-fired on-demand hot water system with a back-up six gallon hot water tank.
On some boats of this size, the dinette is a compromise, usually tucked away in a corner. The Mainship’s designers however made the dinette a focal point of the salon. Just one bench seat is used, and that’s along the forward side of the table. The seats on the aft side are comfortable bar stools which opens up the whole area and provides the amazing feeling of spaciousness.
Silk Rode has two staterooms. The master suite is located in the bow and has a pedestal queen-size berth with an innerspring mattress. There’s generous storage in the stateroom — both under the berth and in lockers to either side. An opening overhead hatch with a retractable privacy panel is screened, to let in welcome breezes. The second stateroom offers twin berths that can be converted to a double with the filler cushion.
The head is accessible from either the master suite or the companionway. The compartment’s glass enclosed shower stall includes a tub with a molded-in seat.
The radar-arch folds down so that Silk Rode can slip under the lowest bridges or into tight boathouses. With comfortable accommodations for a cruising couple and guests, a sea-kindly hull and efficient single-engine performance, Silk Rode is a very attractive choice for gunkholing explorers or serious coastal cruising aficionados.
Finally, the very knowledgeable and experienced owner ordered Silk Rode new in 2007 with extensive additional options. He has developed a fully illustrated operating procedures book and in addition, manuals for all equipment is included. This vessel has been lightly used as evidenced by the 860 hours on the Yanmar power-plant. Silk Rode is clean, shows and operates as new. The owners are going “land-yachting” so she is priced for a quick sale.
To make an appointment to view this exceptionally fine vessel please call Tony at (250) 893-6133
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