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Yep, love my lifting keel boat. Its especially nice for a "trailerable" boat since it means the boat sits MUCH lower on the trailer than it would if it had a fixed keel.



She draws 18" keel up, and 5' keel down.
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We purchased a Seaward 46RK at the 2012 Annapolis Sailboat Show. Both engines failed on the voyage home from the factory, the anchor line broke and vessel ran aground. Keel broke off and keel trunk was pretty much destroyed. Boat was declared a CTL (Constructive Total Loss). The retractable keel function sounds good until you encounter rough weather. At the point, the boat rocks and rolls tremendously. There are numerous things we like about the boat, but would not buy another. Support from the factory for the only people to purchase this boat was very poor.
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We purchased a Seaward 46RK at the 2012 Annapolis Sailboat Show. Both engines failed on the voyage home from the factory, the anchor line broke and vessel ran aground. Keel broke off and keel trunk was pretty much destroyed. Boat was declared a CTL (Constructive Total Loss). The retractable keel function sounds good until you encounter rough weather. At the point, the boat rocks and rolls tremendously. There are numerous things we like about the boat, but would not buy another. Support from the factory for the only people to purchase this boat was very poor.
Wow. what a horror story, sorry. Having a newly purchased boat, I don't need to be reading this. Time to log off and go do laundry, fold some underwear or something.

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We purchased a Seaward 46RK at the 2012 Annapolis Sailboat Show. Both engines failed on the voyage home from the factory, the anchor line broke and vessel ran aground. Keel broke off and keel trunk was pretty much destroyed. Boat was declared a CTL (Constructive Total Loss). The retractable keel function sounds good until you encounter rough weather. At the point, the boat rocks and rolls tremendously. There are numerous things we like about the boat, but would not buy another. Support from the factory for the only people to purchase this boat was very poor.
Would you mind telling us your story. Sound important.
Probably a good idea to start a new thread if you want.

What kind of storm did you encounter? where, what were the seas, wind, performance of the boat.

Is this your boat?
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Would you mind telling us your story. Sound important.
Probably a good idea to start a new thread if you want.

What kind of storm did you encounter? where, what were the seas, wind, performance of the boat.

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It was reported that the Captain was delivering this vessel from FL to VA, when he was in some rough seas and the engines quit due to water in the fuel. The Captain attempted to sail into port with just the jib but he put into shallow water and went aground.




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Would you mind telling us your story. Sound important.
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I second that, would love to hear the story. If that is the boat its sharp but I would never purchase it... Bad MOJO.... Bought a house one time with a history, never again!

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Never, EVER place fuel tank vents in the topsides, only inches above the waterline...

One of the most stunningly stupid things I've ever seen a builder do...







Simply incredible. Makes one wonder about what other Boat Building 101 mistakes this builder has performed.
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I also own a lifting keel "Clearwater," mine is hull #5 (they only made 7). Our fuel vent is on the topsides, but much higher up, almost 2' above the water line. I have never had any water in my Racor.



It is a great boat, can go anywhere with a minimum draft of 1' 10". the boat came with 9' long 'duck poles' so you can raft the boat into any shallow water without running the engine.

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I would for sure want one if I was going to high latitudes. Of course, I am not going because it is too cold.
What about shallow lagoons in the south Pacific or anywhere or the maldives?
I am definitely not concerned about high lattitudes but more about all those nice sunny beaches out of bounds if you have a draft of 2+ m...
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We purchased a Seaward 46RK at the 2012 Annapolis Sailboat Show. Both engines failed on the voyage home from the factory, the anchor line broke and vessel ran aground. Keel broke off and keel trunk was pretty much destroyed. Boat was declared a CTL (Constructive Total Loss). The retractable keel function sounds good until you encounter rough weather. At the point, the boat rocks and rolls tremendously. There are numerous things we like about the boat, but would not buy another. Support from the factory for the only people to purchase this boat was very poor.
honestly - the seaward 46RK is a stinkpotter with an option to be sailed...
2 54 hp engines for a 46?
a recess in the hull to get the keel and bulb really high up?

there is nothing wrong with lifting or swing keels and such but there is something tremendously wrong with the seaward 46RK!
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