Seaward 25 E18 Motor Cruiser
“Heading out to sea, nothing fazed the boat, and I think she would rise to any challenge…” (Simon Everett, Powerboat & Rib Magazine)
The Seaward Nelson 25 has found favour for many years with discerning motor boat users and ex sailors alike. Now updated with a string of improved features, the latest Seaward 25 E18 is even more practical. The possibility to step aboard after breakfast, turn the keys and be in Cherbourg for lunch with maximum comfort and security will appeal to all those more used to the typical 12-14 hour English Channel crossings. Twin diesel inboard engines on shaft drives are standard on this craft, with a choice of horsepower. The engines are installed completely independently of each other, each with their own fuel tank and electrical system. The keel and twin rudders and contra-rotating propellers make simple work of negotiating even the most difficult of berths. This amazing manoeuvrability is not just the result of having two engines but is due to a combination of factors unique on a craft of this size and type.
Nick Burnham Reviews the Seaward 25
|Length Overall Mtrs.||7.74 ex platform|
|Air Draft Mtrs. (excl. Mast)||2.08|
|Cruising Speed (largest engines)||19|
|Top Speed (largest engines)||24|
|Fuel tanks (litres)||259|
|Range (Normal cruising speed)||150|
Round bilge semi-displacement type with flared bow and forward sloping transom with tumblehome. Varnished teak (or rubber) spray rails and all around 3″ rubber D fendering compliment the purposeful looks of the craft and provide extra protection when going alongside.
This is a G.R.P. moulding with substantial gunwales and wide non-slip decks incorporating a bevelled toe rail.
Engines & Sterngear
The craft is supplied with a choice of engine options each based on twin inboard diesels with conventional stern gear and twin rudders. Twin stainless steel fuel tanks of approximately 130 litres each provide a separate supply to each engine. An emergency link valve is included to enable all the fuel to be available to one engine in the event the other engine should break down.
Two 90-amp hour batteries with isolating selector switches are fitted as standard. Power circuits are protected by circuit breakers mounted in the instrument console. Standard electrical equipment includes:
• Two 2-speed pantograph wipers
• Navigation lights
• Anchor light
• Cockpit light
• Six LED interior lights. Red night lights are optional
• Two fuel gauges
• Electric bilge pump with float switch
• A 240 volt ring main with two power sockets
• 240 volt microwave cooker.
Access to the forward cabin is through an oak door from the wheelhouse, with a sliding hatch overhead that significantly improves the access, headroom and visibility in this area.
The cabin includes two V berths 6′ 2″ in length with a table that is also used as a berth infill. A deep shelf surrounds the whole of the forward area giving ample stowage space. A bulkhead at the forward part forms the chain locker fitted with a watertight access hatch.
Them galley unit with improved stowages is fitted to starboard and includes an Avonite worktop fitted with a hob and inset stainless steel sink with Avonite cover. A 240v microwave cooker is fitted as standard. Power for the microwave is via the ring main shore supply connection.
An inverter/charger is available on the optional extras list that will enable the microwave and ring main to be used when shore power is not available.
The new fully moulded heads compartment is to port containing a marine WC, hand basin and a cold water tap. Hot water is an option.
Ventilation is by way of two vents fitted on the coach roof, a deck hatch and six opening port lights.
The wheelhouse now allows 2” increased headroom over the older models. It is fully enclosed with two side and two aft slide opening windows and a stable type door giving plenty of fresh air.
The steering, engine controls and main instruments are all mounted in a new ergonomic GRP console moulding. A chart table/stowage locker is fitted to starboard with a hanging locker beneath. Padded seats are fitted each side for the helmsman and navigator. These seats are fitted with adjustable sliders and turntables and are mounted on adjustable height pedestals.
The helm position is on the port side and can be fitted with the optional innovative and unique sit/stand helm position.
There is a pair of stowage lockers outboard of each of the wheelhouse seats. There is space available behind each seat for stowage of things like life raft and cool box.
There is a desk locker to starboard and there is a useful teak hanging locker underneath.
The cockpit is fully self-draining by way of drains through the transom fitted with non-return flaps. There is easy access to the engines through the hinged cockpit seats. Access to the steering gear and fuel system is under the aft seat locker that comes with a lift out stowage box.
There are lockers fitted port and starboard for general stowage.
The cabin table can be easily transferred and set up in the cockpit area for al fresco dining or when entertaining.
The engine covers form seats that optionally may be converted to form two extra berths.
A tonneau cover is supplied as standard with the Seaward 25.
A versatile full canopy with three zipped openings and 6 windows is supplied as an option with the Seaward 25.
The canopy is designed to be used in the up position in bad weather to provide a cosy shelter from the elements. In sunny weather the canopy sides can be removed separately and with the rear section rolled up the canopy turns into a sunshade. The hinged stainless steel support frames allow the canopy to be unclipped from the wheelhouse and folded down to stow on the aft coaming.
Standard fittings include:
• Heavy duty bow roller
• Stainless steel pulpit
• Three stainless steel mooring bollards
• Hand rails on wheelhouse and coach roof
• Chain pipe
• Two fairleads forward
• Four fender eyes each side
• Anchor chocks
Grab handles are also fitted on the aft wheelhouse capping, to assist access from the cockpit to the side decks. An optional pilot type inboard handrail system or an extended pulpit are available as variations to the standard layout.
The craft is finished with oak veneered bulkheads and oak trim. Side and flush fitting overhead linings in the wheelhouse and cabin are of foam-backed vinyl. The shelf in the cabin is carpeted. Foam cushions are provided for the V berths and aft cockpit seat. The cabin sole is carpeted and covers are supplied for the port lights. Owners are given choice of materials for interior and cockpit upholstery.
The following items are included as standard in addition to the equipment already mentioned.
• Fire extinguishers:1-DP Manual + 2- FE1000 Automatic in engine spaces
• Oak book rack
• 10kg anchor with 10 metres of 5/16 chain
• 55m length of anchor warp
• 4 x fenders with ropes
• Set of mooring ropes
• Steering compass
• Slide opening wheelhouse side and aft windows
• 120 litre fresh water bag tank
• Hand bilge pump (to back up electric pump)
• Gaff and flag halyards
• Teak flagpole with deck socket
• Boarding ladder
• Sacrificial anode (2 on twin engine models)
• 12m long shore power lead
• Red antifouling with white boot-top
• Tonneau cover
All Seaward 25’s are fitted with a number of outstanding safety features:-
• Twin diesel engines
• Each engine fully independent with it’s own stainless steel fuel tank, fuel filter and start battery
• Conventional shaft drive with twin rudders
• Emergency fuel link valve to divert both fuel tanks to supply either engine in case one engine should break down.
• Twin batteries with facility to start either engine on either one or both batteries together or both engines off one battery.
• Automatic bilge pump with bilge alarm warning light
• Contra rotating propellers with 3/4 length deep keel ensure the best possible course holding and manoeuvrability.
The Seaward 25 comes with a comprehensive standard specification. Optional extras enable you to customise your vessel if you so wish. We are able to supply and install most types of Raymarine electronic navigation aids and safety equipment