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08-18-2016 04:02 PM
jjadventure Although this thread is growing some whiskers, I thought I'd jump in. As of two weeks ago, My wife and I are the owners of a beautiful, 1985 Seafarer 26. My wife had not sailed before (except the two times I took her out on dinghies), but I have some sailing experience. The boat was docked in St. Michael's on the Chesapeake and I sailed it, over two days, to the North East River with the help of a stiff southerly wind and following "seas".

I'm looking forward to many good years with this vessel, and to making some friends who share this make.
08-05-2015 09:30 PM
Re: Anyone else own a Seafarer?

Big Mack,

Here's a link :
07-23-2015 08:33 PM
Re: Anyone else own a Seafarer?

i tried to find seafarer yacht group on facebook but had no luck
07-23-2015 08:14 PM
Re: Anyone else own a Seafarer?

I have a 1973 38c that is getting inside redo now. 44hp westebeke boat handles great.
02-15-2015 01:10 AM
engele The most active group of Seafarer owners is in the Seafarer facebook group. There have been a few Of the 31s on there as for sale in the past year.
02-08-2015 07:37 PM
Re: Anyone else own a Seafarer?

Hi, I just joined SailNet and have been interested in the Seafarer Tripp 30' for years, (just missed one in Wisconsin) have always admired Tripp's designs many of which are Seafarers. Anyway hope someday to own one. Ig anyone knows of one that needs a good home on the Chesapeke please let me know. Thanks.
08-27-2011 11:51 AM
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.

02-09-2011 12:48 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 03:41 PM
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 05:09 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.
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