One of my favorites of the trawler class is the Fathom. For the size, (which doesn't allow for one of my favorite trawler features, a Portugese bow), it is a great looking boat, with modern lines, and lots of features. The general shape with smooth edges, a trim full walk around, and large top deck, appeals to me. Fathom was represented at Trawlerfest by Rick Garton of Harborview Yacht Sales, who like us, is a long way from home [full disclosure; we did work on the boat!]. Mr. Garton is familiar face if you have ever seen a Fathom at a show, as is Jim Favors, a very satisfied owner who loves showing his boat off at the show, and also spends quite a bit of time in the Great Lakes. Jim and his wife have their own blog, and book about cruising their Fathom throughout the Great Loop. But enough about the people, let's talk about the boat!
The 40 at the show was the version without the full flybridge, which has slightly cleaner, faster lines, while still putting a small helm up top. The light gray color and bright white colors of the boat keep it looking crisp, unlike a few of the almond/ivory colored boats on the docks. I have only seen the grey and dark blue hulls, both of which are very appealing to me. Both the lower saloon, and bridge have plenty of room for entertaining. The master and guest staterooms have plenty of room for a boat of this size, and me being 6'2, I was surprised at the generous headroom. The engine room was especially suprising. Outside access, a storage area before getting into the engine room are great. Even with 400 gallons of tankage in there, the 425 Cummins QSB, and ( I believe the 9kw) Northern Lights gennie, there was plenty of room down below. Features that I was unable to experience, but have read rave reviews about in both Passagemaker (PDF LINK!) and Powercruising (PDF LINK!), are the electrical 'isolators' that automatically switches your power based on your needs. This means that you pull up to the dock and plug in- BAM! you are on shore power. Unplug, voila, you are switched to house power. Turn on the generator, etc. etc. I have been on boats much larger and 5x more expensive without this feature. The second commonly remarked detail about this boat is the quiet you have even while running full out, typically about 72dBa.
The specs of the boat show the light weight, and great efficiency. A 40 Sea Ray (just for comparison), with another engine, and much less interior space, pushes the scales at 22,000lbs, while the Fathom is only 24,000lbs. The burn is extremely low, with knots/gph rates being 9kn/3.1gph, 15kn/12.9gph, and 17knots burning only 1 gallon per mile (makes for easy math). Compare that burn to a 40 Nordhavn going 8kn @ 4gph! There is a difference in displacement here, but the Fathom's advantage is clear.
Take a look at our pictures and (amateur) video of the Fathom, and feel free to contact Harborview Yachts with any other questions. Also, if you missed them at Trawlerfest, be sure to catch them at the Miami NMMA show, slip 310.