John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Mariner 35 Seville Sedan
Length 34'6"
Beam 13'6"
Draft 3'6"
Fuel capacity 300 gals
Water Capacity 140 gals
Displacement 22,000 lbs
Price as Tested $289,000

As we ran toward the mouth of the Chester River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, all I could think about was how great it would be to point this trawler south, down the ICW. I was with Steve Smith, president of First World Yachts, aboard the Mariner 35 Seville Sedan trawler, and we were having a blast.

The Mariner is a traditional looking sedan cabin trawler built in mainland China with modern tooling. I’ve always felt that the sedan-style trawler offers a sensible, user-friendly layout. With all of the living space and line handling on one level, you don’t have to go up and down steps to get around. The single stateroom is forward and down a few steps from the galley and saloon. It has a centerline queen bed and a companionway door that allows you to close it off from the saloon. The head and shower are in separate compartments—a nice feature that makes day-to-day life aboard more convenient and comfortable.

Topside the 35 Sedan has wide, covered side decks, which make moving forward and aft safe and easy, especially in bad weather. The cockpit area has a stairway that leads to a large flying bridge. The upper helm station is centerline with seating to starboard so guests can enjoy the sunshine.

On this chilly day we operated the boat from the lower station. Visibility from below is very good, and engine noise is adequately muffled. As we cruised along, Steve told me that Mariners are highly customized to the buyer’s specifications. “In fact,” he explained, “we had this boat shipped here without an engine. We designed the cabin to allow us to install the engine after the boat was finished.” Climbing into the engine room was a breeze. There is plenty of storage, but more important, there is sufficient work space between the engine and the outboard bulkheads to make the engine easy to get at. Everything was accessible without my having to squeeze into a small space or approach from a strange angle.

Our test boat was equipped with a Cummins 425-hp diesel engine. Combined with the semi-displacement hull, this powerhouse provides a relatively agile performance while maintaining good fuel efficiency. At 1400 rpm we made 4.5 knots and only burned 2.2 gallons of fuel per hour. When we pushed the throttle to a fast cruise (15 knots) we hit 2800 rpm, burning only14 gph. The Cummins electronic engine control system has a nifty cruise control switch, which allows the operator to jump back and forth between cruise speeds. You could set “Cruise 1” to 6 knots for no-wake zones and “Cruise 2” for a faster pace.

As we headed back in, Steve and I moved up to the flying bridge to get a bird’s-eye view of our approach to the dock. The boat proved to be quite nimble. Steve brought her alongside quickly and easily with only a slight touch of the bow thruster to hold her bow to the dock while I hopped off to make her fast.

All in all, the Mariner 35 Sedan strikes me as a good choice for anyone looking for a reasonably priced, traditional trawler for inshore and coastal cruising. She offers comfort, efficiency and style in a user-friendly and manageable package.