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  • About Mainship Trawlers
  • Mainship Trawlers

    The Mainship Trawlers legacy is built on a commitment to performance as well as a commitment to you. Owning a Mainship Trawler is an experience that is both rewarding and exciting, an experience that couples the power of high performance and quality features in a marvel of modern boating technology. At Mainship Boats, this commitment has become an integral part of our business practice, and we continue to strive for improvement.


    If you already own a Mainship Trawler, you can appreciate the value of your investment. That is why the technical support and information portion of our business is devoted to answering your questions, hoping to better serve you and improve your boating experience.

    The Mainship History

    The history of Mainship Boats Corporation dates back to the 1830's and a German immigrant by the name of Henry Luhrs. His entry into the Marine trade began by supplying ships in the harbors of New York City. He eventually came to own his own chandlery and even his own ship, which he named the Sophia R. Luhrs.


    From these humble beginnings sprang a vibrant and thriving business called the Henry Luhrs Sea Skiff Company. As the business grew, Henry’s sons, John and Warren became involved and soon the company was producing over 1200 boats a year.


    Under the guidance of their father, the brothers were very successful. Warren, being an accomplished sailor knew they could adapt their building philosophy to sailboats and Hunter Marine was incorporated in 1973. Hunter is now known as the largest sailboat builder in North America.


    The international fuel-crisis gave a huge wake-up call to boat builders, and John and Warren saw opportunity in building an economical, single diesel cruising boat that a family could afford.


    Mainship Boats Corporation was formed in 1977 and soon outgrew the existing facilities. A new plant was built in Marlboro, NJ and was home to Mainship Trawlers until 1992 when it was moved to St. Augustine, FL. Over 1200 of the traditionally styled cruisers were built before Mainship Trawlers began building a European inspired line of cruisers in 1988. The new boat line did well for several years, but Mainship Trawlers real destiny was to return to the trawlers that made them famous. In 1994, the first new Trawler, a 35’ sedan was introduced and the market accepted the new breed with enthusiasm.


    Today, Mainship Boats Corporation is the leading manufacturer of production trawlers building 6 different models with many more on the drawing boards. Production is split between the St. Augustine facility it shares with the reacquired Luhrs Corporation and a new facility in Midway, GA.


    Today, Mainship Trawlers, along with its sister companies in the Luhrs Marine Group, is an employee ownership company. This means that all employees want to share in the success of creating value and satisfaction for all the Mainship Trawlers owners for years to come.



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