Will I like this boat?
Will I like this boat?
I have pretty much an impossible question.
My wife and I currently sail a Tanzer 22 CB. We have been sailing for 5 years. We use the boat for overnights, 1-2 week trips, and occasional day trips, all on the Maine coast. We do not sail with other sailors, and have very limited time on other boats. Everything we know comes from a 16 hour dinghy course, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, and experience. We both have a pretty strong background in outdoor skills, including navigation, and I am mechanically inclined, and mange to fix most of what breaks.
We have limited basis of comparison regarding how other boats sail, other than what we read, and observe. I read a lot, and understand how various design features affect how a boat performs.
So- we are considering a change to a Seaward 25. I have read every thing online about the boat, which is a shoal draft, wing keel, trailerable cruiser. It has a 2 foot draft, and a displacement of 3600 lbs, which creates obvious limits. A trailerable boat is pretty key to our budget, as it allows us to do just about any work needed, I queried the group over at trailer sailor, and while they love their boats, didnít have much in the way of comparisons to boats similar to mine.
We like the way our boat sails. We like the low freeboard- a bit of a wet ride does not bother us. We are happy to have the rail in the water, but will reduce sail once we start wrestling with the tiller. We have been sequentially advanced the conditions we are comfortable in, and have been out in a few small craft advisories. In a good breeze, it is rare for us to see anybody smaller out there. When I speak with other knowledgeable sailors, there seems to be a general respect for how this little boat sails.
The question is: Will we like the way the Seward 25 sails? What we would like is more living space. The Seaward 25 is probably the most comfy trailerable, and from all reports, seems well built. It helps that we both actually like the unique appearance. While we donít need an increase in performance, I donít think we would like a decrease in performance. I understand that the boat does not love to heel. And that a shoal draft will not point as well as a full keel. When folks talk about the limits of the Seaward 25, I am not sure if they are comparing to full keel boats, or to other trailer sailors.
I welcome any thoughts on this matter, even if you havenít sailed either boat. If you understand boa design, and have any thoughts, I would love to see them.