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Seafarer 29
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Description: Seafarer 29
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administrator

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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri July 28, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great shallow draft (3'keel up/5'6" keel down) boat for Southeast coastal sailing. Hinged mast step allows for easy raising. Very heavy boat with solid fiberglass from deck down. No delamination or soft spots on deck. Complete innerliner keeps interior comfortable in hot weather. Good sailing vessel with perfectly balanced helm under light or heavy wind. Yamaha 9.9 outboard mounted in Lazarette hatch is very economical to operate and maintain. Very difficult to turn under power at slow speed, wants to go straight. Original brochure says Seafarer 29' made to be trailerable and pulled with passenger car. You need a tank to pull it, not a car. Although ramp launching/reloading is possible, I would not advise it. Very handy having a trailer so off-season maintanence can be done at home instead of a boatyard. Greatlooking classic design by McCurdy/Rhodes. Will easily sleep four, have slept five. Nice galley area and head. Overall a very good investment for a big-little boat or a little-big boat however you choose to look at it.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat November 11, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased our 76 Seafarer 29 in Annapolic 2 years ago and had it shipped to Oklahoma where we sail as ofter as we can.

The boat is great and being built for off shore cursing, it realdy is a sturdy boat for inland lake sailing. We are very impressed with the construction and the material used. Its classic lines turn heads every weekend. Very comfortable boat for weekending and a very comfortaable boat to sail.
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Blondie73

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Registered: August 2004
Posts: 2
Review Date: Fri November 19, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased my Seafarer 29 two years ago for a modest price in comparison to other boats its size. It needed an overhaul and hull repair, during the work of which I did myself I fount the boat to be easy to work on and heavily built. I was surprised to find that although the boat was constantly kept in salt water it never blistered.

The interior is small but comfortable with lots of room for stowage of supplies and equipment. The stove is at best good but a hazard compared to the newer type of non-pressurized alcohol stoves available. The cabin is short for anyone over 6í in height but overcome by the good seating arrangement.

Speed is an interesting concept as boats of this size; it is fast, we have logged speeds in excess of 6.35 knots under 20 -30 KPH wind. The measurements were taken off a GPS set on Knots per hour and using the speed log installed we ran up to 6 or 7 knots (the installed knot meter is far less accurate than the GPs but provides a general speed through water not over ground track.)


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jamesnewsome
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Registered: July 2000
Location: St. Simon's Island, GA
Posts: 45
Review Date: Sat August 1, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $5,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good, solid classic design sailboat
Cons: By today's standards the interior is small & cramped

The review posted as "administrator" is actually my review. I'm not sure why it is not showing up as posted from me. After 10 years of ownership I'm updating the original review.

James Newsome
ROMA S29'
St. Simon's Island GA

The Seafarer 29' CB (centerboard or swing keel) is a great shallow draft (3'keel up/5'6" keel down) boat for Southeast coastal sailing. The hinged mast step allows for easy raising. Very heavy boat with solid fiberglass from deck down. No delamination or soft spots on deck. Complete inner liner keeps interior comfortable in moderately cold & hot weather. We easily heat ROMA with a small ceramic electric heater. Cooling in extremely hot weather is a challenge even with a marine drop-in AC unit.

Good sailing vessel with perfectly balanced helm under light or heavy wind. ROMA is powered by an outboard motor mounted in the Lazarette hatch and is fully retractable when not in use. Equipped with a Yamaha 9.9hp 4-stroke outboard with remote control the 29' boat is very economical to operate and maintain.

In 2010 I replaced the 9.9hp with a Yamaha 20hp 4-stroke to overcome underpowered issues in the strong coastal currents and to increase cruising speed while under auxiliary power. At 1/2 to 3/4 throttle averaging 5-7 mph (at times against opposing current) 5 gallons of fuel will last 4 hours and 20 minutes.

The Seafarer 29' is very difficult to turn at slow speed under auxiliary power. She wants to go straight. I suspect this is caused by the outboard motor's propeller being located aft of the rudder. I actually have more steering control in reverse at slow speed.

The original brochure says Seafarer 29' was made to be trailerable and pulled with passenger car. Don't believe it! You'd need a tank to pull it, not a car. Although ramp launching/reloading is possible, I would not advise it. It is very handy having a trailer so off-season maintanence can be done at home instead of a boatyard.

The Seafarer 29 is a great looking classic design sailboat by McCurdy/Rhodes. She points nicely into the wind and stands up well under heavy conditions. The 29' model is just inches short of being a full 30' but realistically is more like a 25-27' boat, especially when compared to newer 30' boats.

Although the Seafarer 29' will sleep five, it is glorified camping at best. The boat is more suited for a couple and a child. She has a nice galley area and head. Overall the Seafarer 29' is very good investment for a big-little boat or a little-big boat however you choose to look at it.
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