Friday, 22 June 2012

Quick thoughts on a Seaswirl 29...

The day starts in Pedder Bay, the sun is present but not intense, a bank of fog hovers offshore. A quick coffee and off we go. The mission: quick delivery to Tsehum harbour. She's 30 feet overall, black hull, full pilothouse with whats known as an "Alaskan bulkhead", Raymarine plotter and radar and twin Volvo Penta 5.7s. Nice proven power, well suited to the boat, at 260 hp a side and duo prop drives she moves briskly and maneuvers nicely.  A small tide induced chop and a few wakes are nothing to test the 2901's capabilities, but they are enough to confirm that there are no rattles or odd noises present after 6 years of use...more than adequate build quality for Pacific Northwest waters in my opinion. Trimmed down and 2800 RPM gives me 22 knots, 3200 RPM gives me 25 knots and 3600 shows 31 knots on the plotter. Quick enough and economical to run, I had no need to try her flat out. The standout feature was definitely the pilothouse, in this climate and indeed as I write this, a little weather protection goes a long way. Its a season extender and provides refuge for everyone. The interior is basic and down below there is room for 4 to overnight and an enclosed head. A diesel furnace provides the off season heat and you provide the destination. 3.5 stars out of 5 in her class.

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