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My boat is an 1983 Seafarer 26 built by McCurdy & Rhodes and I've been looking for any information about it. I found a specs diagram and some very basic info. I don't have any original manuals and most of what I've learned about her I've done by physical exploration onboard. I found two metal name plates but have no idea where they belong. She has a Yanmar diesel engine in need of work. Anyone have any idea if there is a manual of some sort? I am looking to learn what is original and what is not, how what I have works, where to get replacements and such. M&R are no longer in business, so that's not an option.
 

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We recently bought a 1971 Seafarer 31' Yawl - Bill Tripp design. There is a site with lots of Seafarer info, including a list of Seafarer owners. Here is the link.

Seafarer Research Center

Welcome to the area. We sail out of Fairview marina off of Rock Creek.

Dan
 

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Seafarer 30

I have a 1979 Seafarer 30. It has a Yanmar YSM12 diesel. I am in the process of rebuilding the engine. I have been able to find the parts I need from Yanmar. Yours may be the YSM 8, which is very similiar to the YSM12. I have a parts manual and rebuild manual for the engine that came with the boat. I would assume that you could still buy these books from Yanmar.

There has in the past been a pretty active Seafarer discussion community hosted by Sailnet. I'm not sure how the group is carrying on since the email list appears to have been shutdown.

I have only seen two Seafarers first hand. They don't seem to very common, but, the Seafarer 30 fits our sailing needs perfectly. I hope that I am successful with the engine rebuild so that I don't end up in a engine repowering process.
 

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Seafaringal and Ridgerunner

My Seafarer has a 1974 Volvo MD6A. You are both fortunate to have Yanmars, if for nothing else the parts are much more available and affordable. I am about to attempt some engine work as well. I need to replace my exhaust, and I need to inspect the manifold and gaskets. I am hoping I don't need to replace too many major parts, since my list already includes gaskets, exhaust, air filter, and starter/generator. Where do have your boats?

Dan
 

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Your boat is probably quite similar to mine. I have a 1982 Seafarer 26. Like you, I have had a difficult time finding detailed information about the boat. I found the McCurdy and Rhodes NA website and actually talked to Ian McCurdy, who says that a number of the original drawings are still in his archive. It would be great if this information could be made available to owners. Below is a link to M&R.
There are a few owners websites and photo albums out there but not many. Check out Todd's site if you haven't already seen it. Seafarer 26 Ker-Plunk
I bought my boat in March of 07 and have been replacing parts since then. So far I have replaced the sails, standing rigging, lifelines, fuel tank, hoses, thru-hulls,and other things. I have the old fixed ports removed and hope to replace them with opening ports. I am having a hard time finding exact size replacements for large ones though.
My boat has the Yanmar 1GM engine. I have the original manual and can send you copies if you have the same engine. You might try boatdiesel at the link below for additional information - there is a Yanmar forum.

Good luck, Dave

http://boatdiesel.com

McCurdy & Rhodes - Naval Architects
 
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'77 seafarer 22 futura
currently in middle river looking to move her soon, either near patapsco or over to eastern shore
 

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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
 

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Seafarer 26'

Hi and welcome to Sailnet.

I have a new to me 1985 Seafarer 26 with the 1gm diesel. I have 'some' stuff that came with the boat but it's mostly sales literature or user guides for the equipment the original owner put in. I'll look and see what all I have and let you know. There isn't a whole lot out there on the 'Net but some folks have already pointed you to what resources are available. I've found that most systems in boats are pretty much the same with very minor differences which can be worked by reading everything you can get your hands on that's even close. Sailnet is a great resource for that and you can usually find someone who's tackled that problem before and is willing to share.

You should be able to get any of the yanmar manuals, repair and parts, I did but they're not really cheap (about $40 each) but they do come in handy! Do a search on the 'Net for yanmar repair/parts manual. Right off the bat you'll want to replace the filters (oil and fuel) and check the air screen (mine doesn't have a filter, just a screen inside the housing) Yanmars want air and fuel but they want them separately! Change the oil and filter and change out the zinc. Other than that, I'd need more to go on than "it needs work".

I've found mine to be pretty responsive in all winds, though she seems to tip pretty good in stiff wind and I end up dumping a lot of air from the sails to keep her fairly flat. I bought it last spring and sailed it for the entire season without doing a whole lot to it but over the winter went through all of the major systems and repaired or replaced quite a lot.

prop shaft
prop
cutless bearing
shaft seal
cockpit drain hoses
fuel and oil filters
fuel lines
water pump
general clean and re-paint of engine
replaced plexi in both opening Bomar hatchs
replaced plexi in 4 opening portlights
teak oiled everything teak so many times I've lost count

The list continues . . . .

Good luck with your Seafarer! I think you'll like her.


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In May we bought a '72 Seafarer 31-1 named "Eagle". She is a beautifully maintained boat that was restored by the previous owner, who sadly had to give her away because of health issues. The 31-1 is a Tripp design. Eagle is hull #241 with tall rig (there also is a yawl version) and has a 25hp Volvo Penta.

She sails great and is very forgiving - which is really good for us as she is the first larger boat we own...

After a waiting much too long for her to get into the water and an adventurous delivery trip (the masthead swivel of the old roller furler parted and it turned out it was what was holding the master upright on it's hinged deck-step. After some time the hailyard on the Genoa gave way too, sending the mast down on the stern of the boat. It landed right between us in the cockpit leaving a deep dent in the aft pulpit. All of that while we were two miles outside of Thatcher's island in the fog. VERY lucky, that no one got hurt), we are now enjoying sailing her around Boston.
 

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Seafarer 29 with swing keel

I have a S29 with swing keel that I've owned since 2000. I have a lot of information on the S29 saved as pdf and can email them if you are interested.
James Newsome
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St. Simon's Island GA
 

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Seafarer 26 info

I purchased a Seafarer 26 (1 GM Yanmar) mostly for day sailing on inland water (TN River)

It has been difficult finding information on the boat and replacement parts. Has anyone found a replacement for the forward hatch? Mine has portions of the frame broken where the latch should lock and where one of the supports connects to the frame. I'm hoping to find something to replace it without having to take on a major project.

I have also been looking at leading the mainsail halyard and other lines aft. Any experience with adding blocks/organizers to the deck?

Thanks!
 

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November 9, 2009... 30' Seafarer 1972-great boat-funny I think the same part of may hatch broke-In RI there is everything and one to help you--take pictures etc.


Do you have a swing keel?? I need help there as well- keel slammed down
and cracked inside the boat..I am told this repair is done inside the boat..

Need help and guidance...
 

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I was told from a nother Seafarer owner there is 2000lbs of lead molded inside the boat. Two bars on each side. I drilled 4"inches beside the keel and got lead shavings. I will be making my own keel out of a hot roll sheet of steel 2"X20"X96" at a cost of $350 at 600lbs
 

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Seafarer Hatch

Thanks for the response. I haven't found the measurements for the hatch and wasn't sure whehter there were replacements available without cutting.

Mine is a fixed keel so I can't be much help with the swing keel issue.

I do have a manual (pdf) if that would help. Its pretty general.
 

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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:eek:
 

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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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