The Kha Shing shipyard in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan was founded in 1977, and has since delivered motor-yachts to the designs of Mulder, Humphreys, Dubois and Tarquin Trader, and indeed is still successfully building under the Monte Fino umbrella, and shipping to a global audience. Expertise in lamination, SCRIMP infusion moulding techniques, peerless joinery and super-smooth stainless steelwork are all characteristic of a Kha Shing build of the period – resulting in a massively robust structure, with well-crafted interiors which are well-suited to extended cruising and offer seaborne living in a home-from-home on the water.
The Trader 64 Sunliner was designed by the trusted UK naval architect Tony Castro, with High Modulus taking care of structural engineering, and Redman Whitely Dixon looking after the interior styling, which is very much in keeping with the tradition Trader tenets of warm, inviting and spacious timber-built cabins and saloons; with particular attention paid to stowage requirements for those spending longer on board.
Indeed the owner of this 64 “KUNA” has found her extremely comfortable during Mediterranean adventures from her base in Mallorca, visiting the Greek Islands during a mammoth 4000nm Aegean cruise. He has owned her from new. “She has never missed a beat” he adds, and it is believed that she was actually the last 64 Sunliner to leave the shipyard in Taiwan.
Marketed as the first of the “new generation” Traders from 2006, the 64 features a near full-beam flybridge, with an aft overhang to completely shade the aft deck, as well as to house a dinghy, crane and sun pad on the fly. Her layout exploits best uses of interior and exterior space – so wide side decks encircle the superstructure – providing safety for movement around the yacht, with chunky rails and handholds, all machined in beautiful over-gauge polished stainless profiles.
Once you head inside through the aft sliding doors, or the pantographing side-door to starboard, the beam of the 64 is immediately obvious. There is volume for a great fully-fitted galley aft, a proper lounge (two armchairs to starboard and a sofa to port), an aft-facing navigation desk, and then the main central Stidd seat at the helm console – with a corner sofa for those who want to enjoy the view forward too.
The forward accommodation has its own companionway leading down to the three forward cabins which lead off a central lobby area. The forward VIP en-suite has a huge raised centreline double berth, surrounded by low level cupboards and hanging lockers to both sides, with plenty of light and natural ventilation. Off the cabin to port is the en-suite heads, with separate shower stall, with seat, and Armitage Shanks basin (remember, this is a true home on the waves). The port twin cabin is en-suite to the shared forward heads (again with separate shower stall), with great headroom and two 6’ single berths. Dedicated air-conditioning controls, TVs and stereos abound – so all crew will be happy and kept entertained. Even the third forward cabin – with its raised upper single berth begin set cross-ships does not feel cramped – and is a really neat solution to providing eight proper berths on board. However, the master cabin aft is the undoubted party trick of the 64.
A separate companionway leads aft from opposite the galley, passing the machinery room access to the right – the engineer is not forgotten here either. The engine room’s watertight door swings open to give hull headroom and excellent access to the twin Caterpillar C12s, with stainless steel framing, bright lighting, checker-plated floors and white-painted bilges. The twin generator sets stand outboard of each main engine, with Mastervolt chargers and inverters racked up on the forward bulkhead (the main fuel tanks sit across this bulkhead, and their sight glasses are in plain view). A central sea chest minimises the amount of thru-hulls required, each engine has a Hawe InLine hydraulic pump to run her Wesmar stabilisers, thrusters, etc. (in fact the system has redundancy to run even on one engine, as per the steering gear). Fuel management and daily checks are as easy as can be; fuel runs through dual Separ glass-bowled filters, Reverso remote oil change pumps allow hassle-free servicing, whereas gearboxes, thrust bearings and dripless Pegasus shaft seals are all easily accessed. It’s a very seamanlike environment with excellent forced air ventilation, and good labelling on fittings and pipework. Main electrical switching panels, laundry and kit stowage areas are located on either side of the passageway aft, ending in a breath-takingly good full-beam aft master.
This space is remarkable – echoing the highly successful aft cabins in Trader’s early Sunliner models, with light flooding in via the vast panoramic opening port-light set into the transom and two opening side-lights. Air-conditioning controls, hi-lo TV, stereo, navigational repeater and masses of space for tucking clothes and stores away are all found here – it’s a relaxed, homely space. To the starboard side are a pair of double wardrobes and a dressing area, to the other is a small sofa – an ideal place to while away some time with a good read. Off the main cabin to port is a great en-suite, with a roomy shower stall inboard and hotel-level washstand with one of the best views you can get whilst brushing your teeth!
Please do view our video below to experience KUNA for yourself – this is one seriously capable cruising motor-yacht, and only comes to market due to her owner’s decision to explore the inland routes of Europe.
“I’ve owned Kuna from new and have travelled all over the Med, including a 4,000 mile trip round the Aegean. In all that time she hasn’t missed a beat and I’ve come to totally depend on her ability to handle any weather or sea conditions. The quality of the systems and fittings are superb and I shall be very sad to see her go.
Having travelled all over the Mediterranean I am now buying a new boat suitable for travelling the inland waterways of Europe and plan to spend the next five years doing that. It’s a shame Kuna won’t fit under the canal bridges!”
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