FOR those who are looking for a serious all-weather motor yacht that won’t be sent scurrying back to port at the first sight of white water the Nelson-type designs that have been built in the UK since the 1960s take a lot of beating.
The Seaward 39 is the latest motor yacht to come from this heritage and made its world debut at the 2017 Southampton Boat Show.
The round bilge semi-displacement hull with flared bow gives excellent stability and handling in challenging conditions, far surpassing that of other motor yachts of a similar size.
Despite the workboat roots, considerable effort has gone into making this a civilised vessel on which to relax and enjoy your leisure time. To reduce noise and vibration extensive noise absorbent materials are included within in the layup of the hull and deck mouldings. In addition, the wheelhouse ‘floats’ on an isolation membrane that separates it from both the hull and machinery.
On the downside, the handling in rough weather and economy at speed – consumption is roughly 100 litres per hour at 20 knots speed – means there’s less internal volume than in many boats of this length.
The standard layout accommodates four in a well appointed owner’s suite forward and a mid-ships guest cabin. The latter has twin berths, good stowage and ample space to move around. The large well-equipped galley is also located amidships, from where there are easy steps up to a spacious wheelhouse that doubles as a day saloon and dining room with panoramic views.
The aft cockpit, which is easily accessed from the wheelhouse and side decks, also has a large table for al-fresco dining, together with a stern platform, which is moulded into the hull to provide a safe and stable boarding point from a dinghy and for swimming. A choice of twin diesel engine options is offered, from the 370hp Yanmar 8LV to larger models from both Yanmar and Cummins. Top speed with the largest engines is around 26 knots and cruising speed in the region of 18-22 knots.