|Marine Trader - Marine Trader Sundeck (36'0"): Marine Trader 36 Sundeck|
Classic 80's Taiwan boat. Loads of interior teak, beautifully finished on the inside. Typical Taiwan construction and concealment of poor quality structure and electrics. Hulls are thick, but chopped glass (no mat). Stringers are usually teak, and the fiberglass loses bond. Keel is filled with cement, and hull is poorly balanced. Outer house is made from plywood covered with thin fiberglass and gelcoat. Be very aware of window water leaks that damage paper thin interior teak veneer. Tanks are steel, concealed and hard to determine condition. Most valves / seacocks are gate type and work poorly versus standard type. Wiring isn't to ABYC, but that was the 80's and early 90's. No groundfault. Be very very careful when buying a used one.
Reviewed by Taiwan Made on Aug-29-2013 | Rating:
|Marine Trader - Marine Trader Sedan (36'0"): Trawler for Two|
I purchased a 36 Marine Trader Sedan 1983 and have upgraded the boat every year. These are wonderful, very economical coastal crusing "trawlers". The Marine Trader is not to be compared to a Selene, Kady Krogen or other high end trawlers but don't kid yourself, no matter who builds it, you'll find it in a boat yard with a problem being worked on. Bertram, Hatteras, they are all in the yards with their probs! The Marine Trader can boast a solid hull, heavy displacement for her size and comfort that few 36' boats can challenge. Two staerooms, all with opening hatches including the head. 100% visibility for downstairs steering. A helm door. A well thought out and classic line trawler. The single diesel model means volumes of space in the engine room and the Ford Lehman diesel is a no nonsense working diesel. Simple and dependable. Overhanging Europa upper deck means you can leave your salon windows and aft door wide open when it rains for plenty of fresh air. You can sit in the cockpit nice and dry as the rain falls and enjoy your morning coffee. Most other double cabin designs are locked inside by now! Go for a post 1980 model, that has molded fiberglass superstructure. Avoid pre-1980 that are glass over ply. Chain steering is simple & dependable and if one chain breaks, you do not compromise the other steering station. Spend a little money on maintenance and upgrading and you will have yourself a comfortable, simple cruising boat.
Reviewed by Brian Hollis on Aug-17-2010 | Rating: