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Island Trader 40 Trawler-Sailor
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Description: Island Trader 40 Trawler-Sailor
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Fri January 10, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


High aspect ratio sloop rig (aluminum reef-away mast) which replaced original low aspect ratio wooden rig, all roller furling with club-foot self tacking jib. Total of 620 sq ft sail.

Heavy displacement cruising liveaboard vessel. Fiberglass hull/topsides, GREAT woodwork (not low maintenance in this respect), interior ALL teak joinery. Massive bright teak caprails on bulwarks and pilothouse roof. Lovely sculpted teak rails/scrollwork around huge cockpit, which can be entirely enclosed with bimini. Significant storage hold below cockpit for storing long range cruising provisions.

She sports the interior volume of a power boat, which is a sailor's dream, and sails well in winds above 15 kts(ghosts along at a few kts in less wind than that). In fact, VERY comfortable in 25 knots of wind.

Semi-custom boat. Awlgrip high gloss paint everywhere (great paint that doesn't chalk up or require waxing, but somewhat brittle, eg at woodwork seams).

Very traditional design to the boat. Significant upward sheer toward the bow (affects visibility in the marina), impressive pulpit with teak gratework, scrollwork, heavy teak rubrails on hull sides, unbelievable large bright teak butterfly hatch on foredeck, teak cockpit grates, tanbark (reddish brown) sails. LOTS of open working deck surface (non-skid), voluminous pilothouse, 2 steering stations, hydraulic steering, below deck autopilot (with remote control), 5kw generator, air, security system, 6 cylinder 380 cubic inch 120HP Ford Lehman diesel, bow thruster, nice turned wooden ship's wheels at both stations.

Not a fast boat, but VERY comfortable. She powers easily at 8 kts (24 inch 3 blade prop). Sails 5kts (never heels more than 15 degrees). Oneinconvenience that's a function of her awesome volume is very high freeboard (over 5 feet off the water at cockpit, more like over 7 feet at bow). This makes it difficult to get down to some floating docks. We carry steps, and use them (when there's time!). Experience will tell if the blunt transom (with ladder down to teak swim platform between dinghy davits) will present any issues with following seas.

Draws less than 5 feet, full keel. Boat weighs 38.500 pounds as she sits. 55# Delta Plow anchor with all chain rode on Lofrans Tigres electric windlass (controls at bow and outside steering station). Two other Danforth anchors on chain/line rodes. Saltwater deck washdowns, island bed in forward stateroom, head with sitdown tub/shower, large galley with full stove/oven, full-size refrigerator, hot/cold pressure water system. 200 gal fuel, 300 gal water. VAST storage. Designed for (and by) a liveaboard couple (thanks Joe and Mary!)

Hand carved woodwork on interior doors. Satin varnish throughout interior. 2 part linear polyurethane varnish (Awlbrite) on exterior brightwork. LWL 35 feet. LOA 48 feet.

Boat is great for entertaining - we've easily absorbed 20 people on moonlight cruises. Motorsailers are always a compromise, but this is the best one I've found so far for our needs.

Made by Marine Trading International (Taiwan) - same folks that make power trawlers (also make traditional Island Trader sailboats). This was cooperative project between the two divisions (power and sail). Hull #64.

"SOJOURN" is a real "head turner".

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