New Seaward 39 motor cruiser highlights a local success story
Dateline 15th September 2017 – Southampton Boat Show.
Paralympic Gold Medallist Helena Lucas MBE highlighted a local success story at the Southampton Boat Show today when she presented the all-new Seaward 39 motor cruiser to press and public.
These Seaward Nelson-type boats, which have a reputation for being the best all-weather boats in the world, are designed and built by a committed team on the Isle of Wight, and Helena’s husband Stephen Thomas happens to be the Managing Director.
The Boat Development Co Ltd, builders of the Seaward range, has been in Cowes for almost 5 years now, and as a specialist British manufacturer has brought much needed employment to the area.
Employing 20 staff at its yard in Prospect Road, Cowes, the Company produces a range of specialised commercial and pleasure boats under the Seaward brand. These are shipped worldwide to discerning users who want to have the ultimate sea boat built in a rugged and refined way.
Recent deliveries have been to The Channel Islands, Italy and Spain where the unique sea-keeping and quality build of these boats are well recognised.
These Seaward boats range from 19 to 46ft, and commercial versions are used by Harbour authorities and pilots across the world. This new Seaward 39 is the first in its class of private motor cruisers, and highlights the quality of workmanship available on the Isle of Wight.
“This new Seaward 39 is the latest product in a massive development programme to heighten quality, comfort and ride right across the range.” Says Mike Burnham, Director of the firm. “Among the innovations to reduce noise and vibration are special isolation for the engines, extensive noise absorbent materials incorporated in the layup of the hull and deck, and a wheelhouse that ‘floats’ on an isolation membrane separating it from the hull and machinery. “We have also made considerable improvements to the interior furnishings by bringing these craftsmanship skills in-house. All electrical installations are now carried out by the in-house team as well. In reality, our boats are now built like small superyachts.” Burnham adds.
Owner David Harland is just as enthusiastic. “This is my 5th Seaward and I’m delighted with her. She is exceptionally quiet – so much so that some of my crew didn’t even realise that the engines were running when we were about to cast off – very spacious, lovely joinery and remarkably smooth in a seaway. Recently after our visit to The Nelson Boat Owner’s Rally, we planned to return to Guernsey on the Tuesday, however it was clear from the forecast that the weather was set to deteriorate so we cut and ran on the Monday afternoon. We experienced a typical Solent chop with the wind against tide and a big breaking swell, as we crossed the Channel. The winds were gusting strong F5 but the boat handled without complaint and maintained a cruising speed of 18 knots, with ease.”
The layout accommodates four in the owner’s suite and mid-section guest cabin. She also has a large well-equipped galley amidships and spacious wheelhouse that doubles as a day saloon and dining room offering 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 from.
For further information about Seaward Boats contact: Mike Burnham or Stephen Thomas The Boat Development Co Ltd 1, Prospect Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AD UK Tel: +44 (0)1983 280333 Mobile: +44 (0)7733 474847
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Profile and general arrangement plan for the Seaward 42 E16 aft cabin version
Profile and general arrangement plan for Seaward’s new flagship Nelson 42 E16 with aft cockpit.
Bounder at speed
Bounder’s spacious wheelhouse and day cabin
Seaward 42 E16 Motor Yacht launch at the Southampton Boat Show
The all-new Seaward Nelson 42 E16 motor yacht with aft cockpit.
Dateline: September 15, 2016. Southampton Boat Show:
The Boat Development Co Ltd, builders of Seaward boats, is launching its new flagship model, the all-weather Nelson 42 motor yacht on Marina berth M122 at the Southampton Boat Show. Based on the same hull used to build pilot boats and service launches, she shares many of the commercial components that make these boats so admired by their professional operators.
Bounder, the first of these new Seaward 42 Motor Yachts, is an aft-cockpit version ordered by an experienced owner, whose previous boats have included a Seaward 35 and large sailing yachts. He plans extensive short-handed cruising and has opted for a single cabin arrangement with a large wheelhouse incorporating a well-appointed day area, a central dinette and galley, and master stateroom forward to maximise on living space. An aft cabin version of the Seaward 42 is also available, featuring a master ensuite cabin below a raised aft deck with a second external helm position.
Interior layout of the aft cockpit version of Seaward Nelson 42 E16 motor yacht
Bounder is powered by twin Cummins QSB 6.7 litre engines, developing 425hp each, giving her a 26 knot top-speed. Her impressive specification includes both a Gyro-stabiliser and Humphree Interceptor active trim control systems to minimise motion and enhance even further the capabilities of this remarkable all-weather vessel.
Anyone wanting a traditionally built, go-anywhere motor yacht, tailored to suit their exact requirements should contact The Boat Development Co Ltd.
Bounder will be on display at this year’s Southampton Boat Show on berth M122 between 16 – 25th September
Seaward 42 E16 Motor Yacht specifications:
Engines 2 x Cummins 6.7litre ( 425hp ) @ 3,000rpm
Gearboxes ZF285-1 reduction ratio 2.5:1
Displacement 15 tonnes
Fuel Capacity 3,000 litres
Max Speed 25 knots
RCD Category A
For further information, contact:
William Rhys-Jones – Sales & Marketing Director – The Boat Development Co Ltd
1, Prospect Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AD UK
Tel: +44 (0)1983 280333 Fax: +44 (0)1983 295095 Mobile: on + 44 (0)7710 317 258
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