Trader 50 Sun­liner

Motorboat & Yachting - - Used­boat -

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

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