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2001 Trader 535 Signature

Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom


The Trader 535 is a modern classic, combining stylish yet practical lines with excellent sea keeping, great versatility, frugal running costs, and a spacious interior ideal for long-term cruising, often favourably compared to Grand Banks and Broom rivals. 'Chemar' is still in her original ownership since new and is UK VAT paid with a huge specification including generator, watermaker, hydraulic passerelle/crane, reverse-cycle air conditioning, holding tank, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, electric windlass, aft hardtop, long-range fuel tanks and much, much more! Presented in very good condition for her age she is one of the most admired boats in the marina, is likely to be one of the best of her kind, and represents fantastic value for the quality and space on offer.

Viewing by appointment only through our Essex office +44(0)1621 785600

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Boat Name: Chemar
Make: Trader
Model: 535 Signature
Year: 2001
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Trader Motoryachts
Designer: Tony Castro
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 55 ft
Length Overall: 55'9 ft
Waterline Length: 47'7 ft
Beam: 15 ft
Max Draft: 5'2 ft
Dry Weight: 23,900 kg

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Caterpillar
  • Model: 3126B
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 450hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Engine Hours: 2592
  • Engine Location: Port
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Caterpillar
  • Model: 3126B
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 450hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Engine Hours: 2594
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Total Engine Power: 900hp
Cruising Speed: 9 kn
Maximum Speed: 18 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2,610 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 750 L
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 170 L



Essex - Clarke & Carter
Burnham Yacht Harbour Foundry Lane
Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, GB, CM0 8BL
Tel:+44 (0)1621 785600


The Trader 535 Signature accommodation offers 6 berths in 3 cabins with full standing headroom of 6'3"+ throughout.

FORECABIN  -  Fitted with twin single berths, hanging and storage lockers, drawers, portlights with curtains, an opening hatch to the foredeck, and en suite access to the heads compartment.

SIDE CABIN  -  Located to port and fitted with twin single berths (one with hard leeboard for passage making or contained storage), this cabin could also easily be adapted for use as a walk-in dressing room, office, or hobby area if required. 

HEADS  -  Located to starboard with a marine toilet, washbasin, separate shower area, heated towel rail, opening portlights, and plenty of useful storage.

FORWARD PASSAGEWAY   -   Steps lead up to the saloon, and secondary access access is provided to the engine compartment via a watertight door. 

SALOON  -   The light and spacious saloon consists of a large seating area to port with twin bespoke adjustable tables (the large original table is included and stows behind the seating) ahead of a large chart area, with a large sideboard providing useful storage to starboard aft of the well-equipped helm position. Drinks fridge under helm seat. Doors to the starboard side and aft decks allow easy access and communication with crew, and entertainment is provided by a flatscreen TV with Sky TV and DVD player.

AFT PASSAGEWAY   -   Steps lead down to the galley and aft cabin, with lifting steps providing the main access via a watertight door into the engine compartment.  

GALLEY  -  The generous galley is fully electric for increased convenience and safety and is equipped with a Smeg electric oven and grill, Smeg ceramic 4 burner electric hob, extractor fan, Smeg microwave, twin stainless steel sinks, Waeco large fridge/freezer (new 2018), concealed washing machine (new 2019), and ample storage in a range of drawers and cupboards. 

OWNER'S AFT CABIN  -  The aft passageway leads into a spacious and beautifully appointed aft cabin, with a kingsize island berth, dressing table, full-height wardrobes, a wealth of other storage cupboards and drawers, and access to the en suite.

EN SUITE   -   Located to port and fitted with an electric marine toilet, washbasin, separate shower area over a compact bath, heated towel rail, mirror, and storage cupboards.

ENGINE ROOM  -  The easily accessed and well-illuminated engine compartment provides excellent access to all systems, has an automatic fire fighting system, and ample room to maintain and service the engines, generator, watermaker, hydraulic and airconditioning systems. 

GENERAL EQUIPMENT  -  The interior is finished with high-quality teak cabinetry and floors, fitted carpets, curtains, and premium quality cotton upholstery, and is in very good condition throughout. There is a pressurised hot and cold water system via a 75L calorifier with immersion coil, Aquafresh watermaker (serviced and laid up), main water softener (at inlet), water purification system (at galley) and a 170L holding tank for the en suite with a monitoring system and Y-valve for deck or overboard discharge. Reverse cycle Marine Air airconditioning systems for the aft cabin, saloon, and forward cabins provide both heating and cooling to ensure comfort aboard in all climates. 

EXTERIOR: The Trader 535 Signature offers fantastic external space with a very large covered aft deck with a fixed L-shaped seating area (which also provides good deck storage) and adjustable table, ample room for more removable deck chairs and loungers whilst moored, whilst the upper flybridge area provides excellent all-round visibility and more seating and sunbathing space. Easy access is provided to the wide, safe decks, with deep gunnels and all-around rails which lead to the foredeck ideal for sunbathing, and aft to the large bathing platform which is fitted with a hydraulic passerelle/dinghy crane, making her a very practical and versatile long-distance cruiser!

Mechanical Systems

Located under saloon sole in a sound-insulated compartment accessed via watertight doors at either end (with additional access for major works also possible via large lift-out floor panels), 2 x Caterpillar 3126B 450hp 6-cylinder turbo diesel engines. Freshwater cooled via heat exchangers. Dual-lever Kobelt 2902 controls with electric start at both helms. Twin station hydraulic wheel steering. Twin Caterpillar engine monitoring system with digital displays at both helms including rev counter, oil pressure, exhaust manifold and coolant temperature monitoring. Additional fuel tank providing a 2610L total fuel capacity. Twin shaft drives with reduction gearboxes powering 3-bladed propellers. Bennett adjustable trim tabs. Hydraulic bow and stern thrusters.

The engines appear to be in very good cosmetic condition, were serviced in March 2021 and have been lightly used since. They have run for just under 2600hrs since new, equating to optimal usage of around 125hrs per season, and have been regularly serviced by Caterpillar specialist engineers. Her owner has found that she is very frugal at displacement speeds, usually cruising at around 10-11kts at 1500-1600rpm consuming approx. 12L per hour per engine. This is ideal for longer passages, whilst still having plenty of power to get out of the way of bad weather (or arrive on time for lunch!) when required.

Electrical Systems

5 x Heavy duty 12v batteries (2 x domestic, 2 x engine, and dedicated generator, all new 2018) charged via engine alternators. Shorepower system with ring mains, Dolphin automatic 80ah battery charger, and immersion coil for water heating. Onan 13.5kw remote start diesel marine generator (2040hrs total runtime since new). Electrical distribution panels with individual breaker switches. Battery circuit breakers and shunt link facility. Volt and ammeters. 

Deck Equipment
  • Stainless steel anchor with stainless steel chain (new 2018)
  • Fortress aluminium kedge anchor
  • Lofrans Tigress electric anchor windlass with deck and helm controls
  • Stainless steel teak capped all-round rails with midship gates
  • Stainless steel and teak removable side deck steps
  • Moulded GRP teak-laid bathing platform with swim ladder and steps to cockpit
  • Aft cockpit enclosure, flybridge bimini (plus spare bimini), and tonneau cover
  • Hydraulic passerelle/dinghy crane
  • Dinghy mounting blocks on bathing platform
  • Fenders and warps
Navigation Equipment
  • Steering compass with cover
  • Skanti DSC VHF radio with controllers at both helms
  • Cobra HH350 floating submersible handheld VHF radio
  • 2 x Cetrek Cnet 2000 multi function displays with depth and speed/log at each helm
  • Cetrek colour GPS chart plotter
  • Furuno GaAs FET radar
  • Cetrek Pilot 730 autopilot
  • Iridium satellite telephone system
  • ICS4 Navtex+
  • 2 x Flatscreen LCD TVs with DVD players (in saloon and aft cabin)
  • KVH TracVision G6 satellite TV receiver with GyroTrac controller
  • Nakamichi stereo system with CD changer and speakers
  • Adjustable chart table light
  • Clock and barometer
  • Navigation lights
Safety Equipment
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Emergency roving fire hose system with seawater pump
  • Electric foghorn
  • SeaMe active radar reflector
  • Ocean Safety 6man Ocean ISO9650 liferaft (next service due 7/24)
  • Electric bilge pumps with manual and automatic switching
  • Bilge water alarm system

Trader 535 Signature built in 2001 by Trader Motoryachts with a custom interior layout to her owner's specification. White semi-displacement GRP hull with blue Awlgrip styling stripe, superstructure, and teak-laid decks. Hydraulic steering to twin rudders. Teak-laid aft deck with GRP hardtop and fabric enclosure with storage system. Flybridge with ample space for entertaining. Wide, safe decks and large foredeck sunbathing area. Integrated bathing platform with moulded steps up to aft deck.

Whilst preparations were being made in Spring for the 2023 season it was noted that there were a number of blisters beneath the waterline. Her owner had this investigated by a surveyor who confirmed that, whilst moisture levels were still only just at the level where osmotic action might start to be likely, she has the early stages of this. It was decided that due to these levels and the relatively small size of the blisters the best action to take was to open up and clean the ones large enough to warrant attention, allow her to dry ashore for an extended period, and locally epoxy these areas before antifouling and relaunching. This was done and she was relaunched in late June, at this stage it is considered unlikely that a buyer will want to carry out a more involved treatment at this stage, but if she is to remain afloat for extended periods without winter lay up it is likely that this will become more likely. 


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.