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Seaward 25
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4 7705 Mon September 23, 1996
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Description: Seaward 25
Keywords: Seaward 25
 


Author
robspencer
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Registered: July 2001
Review Date: Mon September 23, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Summary of design:
pocket cruiser sloop 26' 9"
composite winged keel
plumb bow

Key Features:
25" draft
10hp inboard yanmar
roller furling
wheel steering
hot & cold water for sink and shower
single burner stove

Strengths:
trailerable
due to balanced rudder, turns on a dime
good quality components
draft is great for shallow lakes and rivers

Weaknesses:
poor workmanship
not suitable for blue water
over priced

Overall satisfaction:
pretty well satisfied
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu December 3, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Cons:

The Seaward 25 is an exceptional boat for her size. She points well into the wind, especially considering that her draft is a mere 25 inches. She is very comfortable for two people. She sails most effectively in a breeze of 12 to 18 knots. My mate and I spend many weekends on her without ever making landfall and are very pleased with the accomodation. The Yanmar 1GM10 engine is a dream to maintain and I cannot imagine a more reliable source of power in a dead calm. Our Seaward has a marine head and it is very satisfactory. The small galley serves very well. It would not be possible for me to say too much about this boat that I like and appreciate. For a 25' foot boat, the Seaward sails like a 30', and is very easy to singlehand.
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Review Date: Tue June 27, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Cons:


Trailerable Shoal Draft (25") Cruising boat.

Features: Yanmar 8HP Inboard Diesel, Wheel Steering, Very "Shippy" look draws many complements. Very roomy for 8'3" beam, well thought out & livable interior.

Strengths: Fixed Keel Shaol Draft trailerable design. Good quality hardware. Good quality user group available on internet. (Rev. 6/00 - orignial user group defunct, new forum available at http:www.trailersailor.com/seaward).

Weaknesses: Some construction issues, ie, strength of bearing members, no backing plates other than large washers. Terrible customer service from the factory. (Rev 5/97 much better luck last few months with customer service, feeling much better about factory support, BS) Mast has gooseneck attachment which would damage fiberglass so mast must be held up when stepping while pin is inserted (not very easy). (Rev 10/97 built a gin pole and back brace based on input from user group, mast now easier to raise & lower.)

Satisfaction: Generally satisfied for intended uses. Trailer for major trips, not single day events, as setup does take a couple of hours. (Rev 6/00 - Last year I ended up working 1500 miles away. After considerable thought, I decided to retain the boat and make the payments even though I wasn't using it. I felt that the boat was meeting my needs well enough that I would probably end up purchasing another one just like it).





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Review Date: Fri November 22, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Trailerable Shoal Draft (25") Cruising boat.

Features:
Length overall (LOA): 26'9"
Length waterline (LWL): 23.2"
Mast Height above water: 32'
Displacement: 3,400 lb
Yanmar 9.1HP Inboard Diesel, Wheel Steering, plumb stem, 8 opening stainless ports, transom hung rudder...
Strengths: Beautiful lines, plumb stem, graceful sheer, reverse tumblehome stern! Fixed Keel (solid lead bead/composite wing keel), seakindly motion, teak doors for privacy in forward berth and enclosed head, handsome teak interior trim, well thought out use of interior space. Shoal Draft trailerable design. Good quality hardware and current models are fit up quite well.

Satisfaction:
Having purchased the boat new in January 1995, I've had many years of excellent sailing aboard my Seaward 25 with my family in Tampa, FL and Corpus Christi, TX and look forward to new sailing grounds with my final tour with the Coast Guard in Long Beach, CA (Catalina Island, here we come!) This sailboat has a special art of squeezing into places where most cruising sailboats only dream of...and for that reason, I have not had to haul around an expensive dinghy to date! I also comfortably fit my family of four in the boat (without squeezing) on many weekend trips on the Florida west coast and the South Texas gulf coast areas.

THE ACHILLES HEEL OF SEAWARDS:
UPDATED 11/2002: I have to say, regardless of the flaws, $ for $, the boat is a fairly decent value...My 1994 model was built by Guiding Star, Inc; a group of lawyers (there's the problem!) who had controlling interest in the company that built Seawards from 1993 through 1994. Nick Hake has been with Seaward since it's inception, as the founder. He has said they reinforce the deck to handle the compression loading; caveat emptor, buyer beware. You must check this area carefully, it is susceptible to failure since the inside of the boat is still pretty much put together with the same techniques. The compression bulkhead is not adequately supported to take the loading off the starboard inner liner and down to the hull. I do not feel that the boat is adequately constructed to account for the compression loads presented by the mast (10% of breaking strength of rigging, as per ANY professional rigger will recommend), there have been problems that I have had to spend $1,000's to correct. The factory tried and failed to fix the problem several times. If you buy a Seaward, of any year, get a surveyor to take a close look at how the compression bulkhead is put together. Don't ignore this potential problem, don't listen to any bull. Get a surveyor. See the seaward forum on www.trailersailor.com for more specific information.
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