I have no idea what drew you to an Island Trader
but there are hundreds of wonderful boats out there that you can buy for $75K. The Island Trader
37/38 (I don't believe that Island Trader actually built a 36) isn't one of those.
In a general sense the building quality of the Island Trader line was notorious. It was boats like the Island Traders that were the poster children
for poor oriental construction. My Mother was an importer of boats from Taiwan
with her own lines of boats, and when the builders of better quality oriental boats would sit around and talk, they would complain about how boats like the Island Traders, Mariners, Ct's, and Formosas, were ruining the reputation of oriental boats for all of them.
The Island Trader glass work, while fairly heavy, was slap dash, using poor materials, poorly handled. Their teak
decks were notorious leakers and the plywood
cored decks below were condemned to failure by the sloppy workmanship and thousands of fasteners into the vulnerable plywood. (Fresh water
is not a good thing for a boat like this as fresh water
is more likely to promote rot
in the plywood subdecks than saltwater which carries iodine). Their heavy use of teak
resulted in very high vertical centers of gravity which is a very bad thing with regards to motion comfort, stability, and seaworthiness.
The poor metalurgy of their knockoff hardware
, and poor choice of materials and methods of their electical work is legendary.
Sailing ability wise these are neither good light air nor good heavy air boats. Their high wetted surface and inefficient sail plans make them useless as sailboats in winds under 10- 12 knots. Their low ballast ratios, slack bilges, and large weights aloft make them poor heavy weather
boats. These boats are notorious rollers. While their roll rates may be slow, such large roll angles could never be considered comfortable in any objective way.
These boats were intended as romantic, cheap
, teak exhibition halls. If you are looking for a dockside live aboard these might make reasonable, albeit excesively high maintenance
choice. But if you are looking for a boat that you intend to sail or to go voyaging on, then you really should keep looking.