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Old 05-12-2019, 08:25 PM   #1
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Question How long was Marine Trader in business?

I though Marine Trader went out of business in the very early 80's but recently I've seen a 90's model for sale.

When did they actually go out of business? And what era's of their business were best, and worst?

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Old 05-13-2019, 07:05 AM   #2
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I actually owned what was believed to be the last Marine Trader sold new in the U S.It was a 1998 38ft Double cabin Classic, had a 210hp Cummins and was well equipped. I did the Loop and Bahamas in 2015 and 2016, great little economical boat. Bought, and sold it again in St Petersburg Florida before retuning to Australia.
I even met the original delivery captain in Delaware city marina.

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Old 05-13-2019, 08:29 AM   #3
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Dec 9 2012 Don Miller the founder of Marine Trader passed away effectively ending the business. I know they were selling some leftovers in around 2010. Any more were by order only. Once they switched from plywood covered with fiberglass to more of a molded cabin with plywood reinforcements around 1980 the boats were “better”. However no two were really alike it is the luck of the draw and how much care the original owner gave it. The hulls were generally the strongest part. I think one in very good condition is a great buy for the money. JP
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:19 AM   #4
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This says it’s a 2012 bought new from MT in 2016. A 38 Double Cabin.

I don’t know the history of MT but seemed strange all the others for sale are quite a bit older then this one pops up.
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