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Around 1960, Mr. Varney had an idea.  Prior to that time, private boats had crossed oceans under power, but there were no production vessels that an average (pretty wealthy) person could purchase that could be taken in any weather on any ocean in safety.  Mr. Varney turned to Norway for the construction of such boats, believing that the Norwegians had learned a thing or two about crossing oceans over the last 1,000 years or so.

The result was the Romsdal line of powered trawlers, a class of boat that helped launch the current enthusiasm for trawlers.  These boats continue in service today, and remain some of the most robust small vessels ever to part a wave.