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05-05-2013 07:25 PM
deniseO30
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

Chuck, his boats are amazing! I can't imagine a boat better suited for the Chesapeake. I could maybe afford an anchor for such a boat LOL or the islands where they can walk to shore with the keel up.
05-05-2013 06:55 PM
hasher
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

DeniseO30,

Thanks for the link.

Chuck
05-04-2013 11:31 PM
deniseO30
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

Like I don't know, Dude
05-04-2013 11:04 PM
OS2Dude
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

Just how many keels DO you want to hit anything with? The way it is made it can take some hits, as it is braced inside the trunk so even when it is down it still has something in the trunk to brace it. Nothing can be ALL THINGS to ALL PEOPLE, you have to make some tradeoffs to get the characteristics your are trying to achieve. I wouldn't want to hit any rock outcrop with any boat.

Being retractable you can raise it to get over shoal obstacles. GPS & even charts do not mean you always know where EVERYTHING is. You still need to sail with an eye to your environment, even with a fixed keel.

I've been to the factory and took a short test sail with Rob on a 32RK earlier this year. It is a very nice boat. In fact it is still the front runner for our next boat. (They were working on a 46RK for an upcoming boat show, and WOW that is a nice boat!)
05-04-2013 10:08 PM
deniseO30
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

This one keel you don't EVER want to hit something with!
05-04-2013 09:58 PM
deniseO30
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

Nice.
05-04-2013 08:01 PM
hasher
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

OS2Dude

I'd be interested in your thoughts about the Hake after your visit to the Hake factory.
12-20-2012 11:05 AM
OS2Dude
Re: Need info on Seaward 32

As I understand it, Seaward had been sold to a group of 'investors' and that during that time quality suffered. Hake bought the company back and quality is now back as a top priority.

I plan to visit the factory and take a test sail of the 32RK soon.
08-05-2010 05:17 AM
kranchroy The Eagle 32 with retracting keel is even more compelling when one considers the possibilities of variable keel. With the keel fully retracted, can stomach in an isolated sand bank and landed without shorts wet, or bottom of the keel and going abroad. With the keel fully extended, draft 6'6". Not only is a boat with his stiff lower in the ballast bulb at the end of the keel, but it is a remarkable artist in all points of sail.
07-01-2010 08:02 PM
bkafer The newer seawards seem to be a much better quality than the older models.
This is one boat that really holds it value. what i'm not liking is the retractable keel. The keel AND the rudder come straight up, they do not swing . If you hit something , its like hitting it with a regular keel. The reason people buy this boat is to explore skinny water, but not having the swing keel makes it a bit harder.
The next thing i don't like is an almost useless little seat on the forward starboard side. seems like wasted space to me, I could never picture me sitting there.
Now when you compare the 25 against a mcgregor , you can see that the hake is a much better built and much better finished boat. Would I buy one? If I just wanted to explore and spend weekends on the boat then I would highly recommend one. AS for the 32 rk I'd buy one today if I could find one that I could afford.
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