Trader, more known for long-distance trawler yachts, today released details of an exciting new boat

Regular readers of MBM might have noticed a slightly mysterious advert appearing in our Mailbag section at the front of the magazine in recent months.

The ad simply showed the profile of a boat and a website – www.38sprint.com , which itself wasn’t exactly heavy on detail.

But now the mystery has been solved, for the 38 Sprint turns out to be a brand new Trader. Details of the boat were released for the first time today at the Sail, Power and Watersports Show at Earls Court.

To say that the 38 Sprint is a departure for Trader would be one of the understatements of the year. For a start, it’s a sportscruiser, and secondly it features the revolutionary Zeus drive system from Cummins MerCruiser Diesel.

The new boat will be the smallest Trader in the range, but will still be capable of respectable passage making with a fuel capacity of 1400 litres.

Two forward cabins provide the accommodation, and the saloon sits flush with the aft deck to create a single entertaining space.

Power comes from twin Zeus 3500 with Cummins 425hp QSB5.9 diesels, which should push the boat to over 35 knots.

Tony Chappell from Tarquin Boat Company, the firm that designs and makes Traders, said: “We are extremely excited about the launch of the 38 Sprint. As boating enthusiasts, we have talked about building a high performance boat such as this for a long time.

“The 38 Sprint became a reality and further evolved thanks to our close working relationship with CMD which allowed us to integrate one of the most sophisticated engine systems available and pave the way for other new developments.”

Expect to see a starting price of around £408,000 inc VAT when the first boats are delivered in spring next year.

Vital statistics
Length overall: 12.1m (39ft)
Moulded hull length: 11.7m (38ft)
Waterline length: 9.8m (32ft)
Beam: 4.0m (13ft)
Displacement (half load): 10,400kg (11.5 tons)
Fuel capacity: 1400 litres
Engine: Zeus 3500 with Cummins QSB5.9 @ 425hp
CE RCD: Cat B