Trader 50 Sunliner
One hundred and fifty Trader 50s were built in Taiwan for Tarquin Boats, based in Emsworth. A big sister to the hugely popular Trader 41+2, its defining trait is the massive 15ft beam which combines with generous height (it’s a five-rung climb to the aft deck from the bathing platform) to give palatial amounts of space inside and out.
The master suite aft is the stand-out feature of the interior – it’s like a hotel! But the rest of the accommodation isn’t compromised as a result. Early boats had the galley back here too, just ahead of the master suite, leaving space for two or three cabins forward. On this 1996 version (making it one of the last), the galley is forward of the huge saloon opposite a neat dinette, leaving the ensuite forward cabin the only other permanent sleeping area.
The Trader 50 was built in two versions, the Sundeck, that had a completely open aft deck, and this Sunliner variant, which featured a large hardtop over the aft deck strong enough to support a small RIB. The 20in-wide decks make this a safe and easy boat to move around.
Comparatively small twin 210hp diesels were fitted to many of the earlier 50s, giving about 11 knots. Larger 375hp motors were available, which pushed the boat into semidisplacement mode. The boat you see here has a pair of 425hp Caterpillars, lifting the top speed to 18 knots.
Despite Category A rating, all that height and beam means the 50 isn’t about to compete with the Nelson 45 for seakeeping honours. When we tested a used Trader 50 in 2006 it was described as ‘pitching quite heavily’ in admittedly challenging Force 5 gusting 6 conditions. That said, it was fitted with 210hp engines, the larger units reckoned to usefully improve the ride.
The lower dinette and galley are forward of the saloon 50ft aft cabins don’t get more palatial than this The large saloon makes this a very comfortable boat to live aboard