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Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

I'm up in NJ and wanted to start looking for a 40' Island Trader MS. Not yet in the market, but perhaps late summer I'd be ready. First, any for sale in the MidAtlantic area? Second, anyone have one that they wud like to show off (I've never been aboard nor actually seen one in person)?
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

So why would you want to limt yourself to one boat when there are so many? And you have never seen one? What's the point!...Dale
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

I've been researching boats that would make my wife happy Based on reviews and pictures and overall spec's, I think this may be the right boat for me. We are looking specifically for a MS for long distance cruising where comfort is more important than performance. Again, without seeing one in person, can't be sure but I like the lines for what it is, a trawler boat that also sails.
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

These boats have a terrible reputation in terms of build quality, miserable motion and sailing ability. You might do better simply buying a better built trawler.
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

I surveyed a 1985 last July and yes it seemed to be a very comfortable boat. She was very solid and her owner kept her tip top shape. There are issues with some of them, but this particular boat had no issues. I never got to sail her so I am not sure how well they actually sail...the freeboard is also quite high. I loved the cockpit and the pilot house...huge!!! A perfect liveaboard, but again not sure of the sailing comforts. My client ended up not buying the boat due to the wooden mast and boom.
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

I just bought an Island Trader 40 in Dominican Republic. It seems just as canadianseamonkey describes - (I pick it up in a month)

Ishulan, my research led me to the same conclusion. I would love a more traditional sailboat, but I've done that - had the rail down and felt the sea air hurling me over the waves. I loved it, but now I'm a bit slower and less agile, so a motor-sailer fits my needs well. Add that it is big and designed for comfort and it seems a good way to go for long-term cruising.
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

formosa, island trader, sea wolf, ct...these were designedto sail trade winds.
they are wonderful when used as designed.
if you are going to cpompare them to a catahuntebenelina or other modernproduction performance boat designed to sail fast short passages, you will come up disappointed. they are not designed for that.
i LOVE my formosa. they are same hull, different layout.
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

ZeeLady loves her boat and it loves her back. I love the designs of these boats but shudder at the woodwork in an out. And I love working on wood.

there was IT in Toms river for sale for a very long time. I think it was a 36 though.

there's one for sale on Worton Creek in MD. Also been up for a long time.
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

I bought my Island Trader 40 in January in the Dominican Republic and have been repairing a few things - mainly electrical due to excessive corrosion in Caribbean - since moving onboard in April. It is a solid finely built boat as any would wish (for the $). But, I am not up to the caribbean cruising as I thought I might (past retirement age). So, if any wishing to get a good deal. Let me know.
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Re: Island Trader 40 - starting to look, not yet in market

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I surveyed a 1985 last July and yes it seemed to be a very comfortable boat. She was very solid and her owner kept her tip top shape. There are issues with some of them, but this particular boat had no issues. I never got to sail her so I am not sure how well they actually sail...the freeboard is also quite high. I loved the cockpit and the pilot house...huge!!! A perfect liveaboard, but again not sure of the sailing comforts. My client ended up not buying the boat due to the wooden mast and boom.
They did not notice the wooden boom and mast before getting a survey? Good for you I guess as you get more surveys but seems strange to have not noticed it before hiring you.
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