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Old 09-16-2017, 08:30 AM   #1
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Marine Trader: Tradewinds vs LaBelle?

Hi, on a mid to late 80's Marine Trader sundeck style, does someone know the differences in design/construction of the different models aka: Sundeck vs Tradewinds vs LaBelle?

I think I've picked up something along the lines of the original sundeck had a keel, but the Tradewinds was a bit more of a semi-displacement and had done away with the prop protection keel. I haven't heard any defining attributes of the LaBelle.

So what is the defining characteristics of the different models?
Sundeck vs Tradewinds Vs LaBelle?

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Old 09-18-2017, 10:02 AM   #2
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while I don't know the intricate details of which yard and differences between your model selections...
I recently looked at a mid 80's MT 43 that was represented as a tradewinds......it had a skeg keel to protect props...twin eng.
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Old 09-18-2017, 02:05 PM   #3
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I recently looked at a mid 80's MT 43 that was represented as a tradewinds......it had a skeg keel to protect props...twin eng.
Yeah, supposedly there was a change somewhere in upper 80's that reduced the size of that keel, just one of the things I'm trying to get a lock on.

Also, sometime in later 80's, it seems the Tradewinds went to the Cummins 6bt's, might be in the same series change.

I'd prefer the Cummins over the Lehmans, but I like the protection keel too.
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Old 09-18-2017, 02:35 PM   #4
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1990 TradeWinds

I had a 1990 39/43 CPMY TradeWinds. It was powered by twin Cummins 250 6BTAs and ZF220s. The keel was about 18" deep with 2 lifting strakes running about half way to stern. The keel ended 2/3 back, just behind the point shafts exited the hull. This boat was heavy built with over 1 1/2" solid glass under galley floor access where I put new transducer. The keel, while not trawler like, did make for good handling in cross wind. The drive line was fairly heavy compared to others I had looked at ... 1 3/4 shafts & 25X23 4 blade props.

A neighboring dock had an 1988 43/47 TradeWinds CPMY. The hull was a moded V ... no keel and 4 full length lifting strakes. It was power by 275hp Lemans. Interior layout was similar but 2 totally different hulls.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:34 PM   #5
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Still no info on what makes a Labelle different from Tradewinds? Anybody?
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