The neglected Coaster catagory

26th February 2009, 02:56
In looking about the sales venues for Ships, it looks like the idea of the Coastal Trader has gone away today. Yet thousands of coastal towns still exist today. Often at the mercy of expensive air fare. Is there a formula for an economic and durable coaster today? One that can carry say 100-200 passengers, stow a few containers, and not cry about some break bulk? Up to stowing 10 ton stones for example. In a hull that is fit for some ice and safe in heavy seas? And nimble and shallow enough to move ashore on it's own?