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Question Linguistics 101

I know there is (supposedly) no such thing as a dumb question but this one may be the first. . .

I am interested in a Seidelmann 295 and would like to know the proper pronunciation of the boat. Is it pronounced "Seedelmann" or Sidelmann"? Thought the seller may take me a little more seriously if I knew how to call the boat by her proper name.

Thanks for any help.
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Sydalman ???
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Are your ??? because you're not sure either or is the "i" pronounced and the "e" silent?
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About 18 years ago, I knew a guy who had one, and he pronounced it "Sydelman", with a long "i". He was (is) a very knowledgable, long-time sailor. I have never heard anyone pronounce the name in an alternate fashion.
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I've always heard it pronounced with a long "A", just like the dreidel is pronounced with a long "A". Like, "Draydel......Saydelman".
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Germans never 'die'.... ie is pronounced 'ee'

'ei' spellings are pronounced 'eye'

S'eye'dlemann
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The "Aye's" Have It

Thanks to all. The general consensus is S"eye" delmann which is what I thought. Appreciate all the replies.
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