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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-27-2011 12:51 PM
OlderandWiser
Seafarer 26

Can anyone tell me what size cutlass I need?
I know mine is going bad and I want to make sure I have one in hand before I haul out.

Thanks
02-09-2011 01:48 PM
engele I have a 1973-4 Seafarer 38C TM. We have practically rebuilt her, but now she is as pretty as anything else I see, and probably the best equipped old boat in our marina. I think they are fine boats. My issues are almost all related to age rather than anything else (though a few manufacturer shortcuts are apparent, and now fixed.). I would buy another Seafarer in a second if she were up-kept.
11-12-2010 04:41 PM
Godot
Seafarer 24 "Godot"

I have a 1973 Seafarer 24. I am generally satisfied with it; but I have my share of gripes. Mostly it looks like the gelcoat didn't bond properly in a lot of areas and I've found some sections of fiberglass that were not fully wet out. I pulled the boat a few years ago and fixed a few surface blisters (and one deep blister). They haven't returned. Otherwise, there are deck leaks and such; but they will likely be remedied when I get around to re-bedding all the deck fittings. And things generally look tired; which I am currently fixing piecemeal. Given her age and what I paid for her (a whopping $1,200), I guess I can't complain too much.

Comfort wise I think Seafarer crammed a little too much interior into the boat. The layout would be a lot better in a 26 or 27 foot boat. I find the v-berth a little short, for instance. Still, more comfortable than some other 24 footers I've been on.

Sailing wise, she moves fairly well if there is a reasonable amount of wind, and she is a blast up to 15 or 20 knots where she becomes a little overpowered. I added a second reef to the main; but she isn't balancing well right now and generates a fair bit of lee helm when the wind cranks up. I recently replaced the standing rigging, so it is quite possible (even probable) that I just don't have the rig tuned right. I'm learning as I go... Before re-rigging she was fingertip control up to the low 20 knots. I'm sure I'll figure it out. That's a lot of wind for a small boat, anyway; but I have some ambitious dreams (there may be an upgrade to a slightly bigger boat, first) which are encouraging me to keep tweaking.

I have yet to bury the rail and she is pretty dry generally, even in better than 30 knots of wind. Which, btw, she handles adequately so long as I don't want to point closer than 100* to the wind or so. Which is to say, at this time I can't make any headway to weather when the wind REALLY picks up. That's why I added the second reef. Maybe I should have added a third. And a reef in the jib. It's a work in progress (I like to play in the snotty stuff ... it's a sickness).

Esthetically, the "Futura" cabin top does a fair job of providing decent (not quite standing) headroom in the cabin without making things look too blocky. It's not really my preferred look; but given a cabin top that appeals to me visually would seriously impact the inside headroom, it is a compromise I am willing to live with.

My intent was to move up to something in the 30-32 foot range and move on-board. This stupid economy has put a lot of bargains on the market; but has at the same time severely limited my buying power. I will likely end up moving onto this little boat next spring in an effort to get finances under control so I can afford what I really want (maybe a Cal or something in the above size range). If not, hell, I might just take off for a year or two in this little bucket. It might be a little cramped; but I'm willing to bet it would be fun.
08-21-2010 06:09 AM
jamesnewsome I have a Seafarer 29' and sail out of St. Simons Island, GA. I've followed the various Seafarer groups on the internet for over 10 years. At one time the original Sailnet group was very active, but not so much since the email system was eliminated. You've already received some good information Seafarer Research Center .

Also, I am the administrator of the Seafarer Yacht group on Facebook. I started the group about a year ago to see if I could reach more Seafarer owners who preferred the social network web sites for move interaction. I think we have about 50 members so far.

I have also made a point of saving every document or old Seafarer advertisement I could locate. I have these in pdf format and can email to you if you're interested. Frankly, they are fairly generic, but there is some information that is helpful.

Welcome aboard as a Seafarer owner. They boats are well built and very reliable. With a little TLC & $$ you should enjoy many good years of sailing.
08-11-2010 05:08 PM
Cjflyer I now own a 1975 Seafarer 22, hull 22-58-75. I have a Mac Venture 22 also (1972) that I was planning on restoring but the SF came up on Craigs List and now its in my driveway. Wow, what a substantially different boat! I little tlc and we will be able to launch!
04-16-2010 12:00 PM
nogin ... the owner says Seafarer 23 but there are only 2 port windows. Wouldn't that make it a 22??
04-16-2010 10:51 AM
nogin
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Originally Posted by glennangel View Post
I recently bought a 22" 1968 Seafarer. I'm doing a complete resto on her.
I cut off the toerail wood and I'm replacing with look a like teak uv resistant plastic. I also cut off the thin strip that goes across cabin trunk on both sides because they're maintenance nightmares. The key here is a boat that is old styled but maintenance free.
I also reglassed all bulkheads to increase strength, holding power and to minimize twisting of hull under sail, and jacked up the cabin trunk 0ne inch that had sagged and installed uprights to handle mast load. It was a poor design having only shelf bracket designed half walls to hold up cabin trunk. I'm replacing the coamings with Starboard so as to cut down maintenance. First, though, I sanded all the non skid down and west systemed epoxied the entire deck to fill tiny voids and cracks that allowed seepage of water through gel coat. I also filled in the deck to hull joint where opened to stop all leaking. I will prime boat with petit prime coat and then paint with petit brightsides. To finish non skid, I'll add non skid additive and roll all non- kid. And by the way, I'm spraying the entire boat except for nonskid. All hardware has been upgraded, lifelines renewed, and interior has been sprayed with petit durawhite. When I'm done, boat should be like new, be low maintenance, and probably the most beautiful boat in the great south bay of long island where i live.... And yes, I'm a glutten for punsihment...ha..ha.

Thanks, Glenn
I am looking to purchase a very similar boat; 1968 Seafarer 23. From everything I have read, the Seafarer 23 is a solid built blue water boat. This would be my first sailboat and am looking for a trailerable sea worthy boat built like a tank and with enough space for the first mate and I, 2 young boy's and at times up to 4 more adults and 2 kids. I figure the kids could stay towards the bow on the deck while adults in the rear outside cabin area. Any owners of this era 23 opinions and suggestions would be much appreciated!!
04-02-2010 12:28 AM
jamesnewsome We also have a Seafarer Yacht group on Facebook, which includes links to all known Seafarer websites. Would love to have any owners or perspective owners join. It's a lot easier to exchange ideas and post pictures, etc. I don't know if this link will get you there or not. If not just search for Seafarer Yachts on FB.
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02-18-2010 04:24 PM
Mechsmith Steve, I'm glad to see that you are working things out. Mech
02-15-2010 08:45 PM
GREGGWARREN
RENEGADE 35ft 1968 BAHAMAS SLOOP

YEA its a good ol boat ,me vessel is way comfortable,had her in 8ft sea;s in the chesapeake bay in Oct. what a ride !!! Gregg
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