These evergreen aft cabin cruising yachts are increasingly rare on the market, enjoying long lives as floating homes from the Mediterranean to the South Coast of the UK. SEAWARDS II has received substantial improvements to her equipment and drivetrains, and she is presented in first-class order. She was specified to a very high level by her commissioning owners, who were devotees of the Trader Motor Yachts brand. Thus, she is a true go-anywhere proposition. Her C9 ACERT motors have been comprehensively maintained during the present tenure.
She features the tried and tested Trader layout, offering the full-beam palatial master suite at the same level as the aft galley, providing plenty of light, ventilation, and vast amounts of storage for crew gear – one of the reasons why these boats are so well-suited for extended periods on board. The Signature branding indicates that she carries her dinghy low-down, on the broad aft bathing platform, along with a heavy-duty passarelle/crane for launching and recovery. The raised aft deck is shaded and protected by the overhang aft of the flybridge molding, creating a flat, spacious outdoor terrace for enjoying the view, dining, or grabbing a cold beer from the aft deck wet-bar. All the surfaces underfoot here are laid with teak, and since they are not exposed to the ravages of the weather, they have held up particularly well. The entire area can be enclosed with canvas screens or left open if conditions permit, with easy access to the bathing platform and both side decks.
The main saloon can be entered from the starboard ring-deck sliding side door or via the aft deck sliding door. With all-round glazing flooding this superb space with light, the saloon is one of the key areas on this yacht. It features comfortable sofas and armchairs arranged around a central coffee table – with a vast oval removable dining table-top when needed. This ‘room’ (and it is indeed a room) flows forward into two lovely cabins with a large shared head/shower, and aft down a separate companionway to the galley and the aft en-suite.
The entire yacht is lavishly trimmed with carefully selected satin-varnished teak. Louvres are strategically placed to aid ventilation, and lockers are lined with aromatic cedarwood to keep hanging clothes and other supplies fresh and ready to use. The skilled joinery and high-quality fittings reflect the expertise of the shipwrights who build these Traders. They are deservedly popular due to their reputation for solidity, longevity, and exceptional levels of space and volume.
“We have always enjoyed extensive cruising, and this has continued throughout our ownership of Seawards, from purchase in June 2018. We have made passage from Crinan, Northbound around Skye, and up to Ullapool, through variable sea conditions; and the Trader 535 displayed truly amazing handling. We passed the Inner and Outer Hebrides in complete comfort, and she has truly never given us a moment of concern at sea.
Our Summer 2023 cruising has encompassed a deep exploration of Chichester Harbour, with a later cruise down West to Salcombe during June, with a brief return to the Solent and was bookmarked by a wonderful leg down the Upper Jurassic Coast, to lay anchor under the dark walls of Chapmans Pool. We look forward to handing this wonderful friend on to her next custodians, and trust that they enjoy her as we have.”