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40' Marine Trader Sedan Trawler, 1978.

Asking $25,000. email doug86gould AT gmail.com

This is a great boat, but she's not for everyone. If you're looking for a shiny, maintenance free all restored boat, just stop reading and search elsewhere. This boat needs work, and will probably always need work. That's the nature of the 70's vintage Taiwanese trawlers. This boat is afloat and in good mechanical condition, but if the word maintenance scares you, this isn't the boat for you.

Since 2002, this boat has traveled up and down the Intracoastal Waterway 10 times, and spent one great winter in the Bahamas. The boat is a great coastal cruiser for the waterway or the loop. She's a bit of a dog in rough weather, so I plan my trips to be in port when the wind blows.

A single Ford Lehman 120hp diesel pushes her along at about 7.5kts cruise, and just over 8kts max. She burns about 2.75 gal/hr at cruise, or about 2 miles/gallon. She has had many upgrades and modern conveniences installed over the last decade; things like an Isotherm 12v cold plate fridge, a Sealand Vacuflush head, new galley fixtures and SS sink, Raymarine GPS/Plotter/Radar with redundant display, Northern Lights 5kw genset, new cork flooring in galley, new electric panels, etc. Years ago, I replaced all the factory opening port lights with Lewmar aluminum with removable screens. Also new sliding windows in the main salon. Since many folks ask about air-conditioning, no, there is no A/C.

In 2005, the boat was hauled and sandblasted to remove any blisters, then dried out for 4 months. Interlux products were then applied, including fairing and 2 part epoxy barrier coat, then antifouling paint. I've never seen a blister since.

The main engine has had lots of loving care, and runs like a clock. I have spares for everything imaginable, including spare injector lines, alternator, water pump(s), fuel pumps, hoses, belts, clamps, impellers, prop, filters, etc. Even a spare propeller shaft! The spares alone are easily worth a few thousand dollars.

There has been an ongoing effort to paint and freshen up the interior, but there is always plenty more to do. The galley floor has brand new cork flooring, and a new faucet. The carpet in the eating area is in tough shape and needs replacing. The headliner could also be replaced. There is rot by the side door, and above the steering station; nothing that GitRot won't fix.  2 of those "Europa" stanchions are now just empty fiberglass shells as the plywood inside has rotted away. The decks let a small amount of water into the bilges, but I'm not sure of the source. I redid all the caulking about 10 years ago. I have a maintenance log to show when and how everything was done.

So, if you crawl around and look you'll find evidence of rot repairs in the forward cabin and above the lower helm station. You'll also find places in need of rot repairs, especially around the bridge brow, next to the side door. A portion of the roof had some rot, and that was just repaired in Nov 2015. In the engine room, you'll find an aluminum "A" frame jack that is bracing the saloon floor. Before I had the boat, something happened that forced the floor down (probably a fool using the long ago discarded electric winch and davit on the roof). I braced it up in 2001 and it's been fine ever since.

The flybridge has only a steering wheel and engine controls. No seats, no gauges. Could easily be returned to that configuration. As a solo sailor,  always stayed on the main deck when the boat was moving. A new aluminum mast and boom with new SS rigging will easily lift a dinghy, or even a Moped.

The layout is really perfect for a couple, and the boat is easily handled by one person (I've single handed for 20 years). A large U shaped galley is a cook's dream, and aft of that is an open area that I have a desk and fold up table/chairs. You could change this around as you see fit. A single head with stall shower, with a private queen cabin to port and a v-berth forward. (see layout schematic in the photos)

So, what are you facing right away? The flybridge, roof and window frames need painting, as does the bilge. The main saloon carpet needs replacing, and I was thinking about a new desk for that space.

If you plan on hiring a marine surveyor, I don't expect that you will be impressed with his report. Vessel currently in the Myrtle Beach area. Seller anxious and will entertain offers.

NOTE: the wind generator depicted in pictures is no longer on the boat.


  • 120 hp Ford Lehman, just over 3000 hrs (single engine leaves lots of room to work in engine room)
  • Northern Lights 5kw Genset (about 1000 hrs)
  • Xantrex Freedom 1000 inverter/charger
  • Powerline 90amp alternator with Balmar MC-612 regulator
  • Raymarine color GPS plotter/Radar w/monocolor redundant display
  • Balmar Course Setter Autopilot with spare control head
  • Horizon VHF
  • Stereo/CD player
  • New 120v Blue Sea electric panel
  • New 12v Blue Sea electric panel
  • 6 golf cart batteries as one 12vdc house bank.
  • Separate start batteries for main engine and generator
  • 2 - SS 100 gal fresh water tanks (original tanks)
  • New 6 Gal West Marine 120v water heater with heat exchanger
  • 400 Gal cap. diesel in 2 cast iron tanks (original)
  • PSS Dripless shaft seal.
  • Jabsco 12vdc pressure fresh water system
  • Jabsco 12vdc salt water anchor washdown system
  • Lofrans 12vdc electric windless with remote
  • 300' BBB 3/8 chain
  • 60# Bruce main anchor, 45# Delta, 35# Danforth
  • Sealand Vacuflush head with 35G holding tank.
  • Separate stall shower (freshly painted and new fixtures)
  • Aluminum mast and boom with new rigging.
  • Lewmar opening portlights replaced all the original ones.
  • Lewmar hatches replaced the three leaking teak ones.
  • 3 Custom aluminum frame sliding windows in saloon replaced old teak ones in 2010.
  • 4 burner propane stove with oven
  • "Bus heater" space heater runs off main engine coolant circuit.
  • Electric propane remote shut off in galley
  • Isotherm 12vdc holding plate fridge in custom top loading box.
  • 600W microwave (runs easily on inverter)
  • Mercury 8' inflatable dinghy, like new.
  • Spares: Alternator, SS prop shaft, 3 blade prop, full set of hoses, belts and gaskets for main engine. fresh water pump, lots of filters and impellers. tools and tool chest, dishes and cutlery, and more.