Seaward 39 Motor Cruiser
The most sophisticated Nelson-type motor cruiser yet – and the quietest – makes its debut at the Southampton Boat Show
The all-new Seaward 39 motor cruiser marks a major step forward in the development of these Nelson type all weather motor cruisers. Fitting neatly within the Seaward range between the 35 and 42, she is the first to have a mid-cabin set beneath the main saloon, and sets new standards in marrying quality build and quiet, vibration free running with Seaward’s exceptional comfort and sea-keeping abilities.
And no wonder. She shares the same underwater shape as the rugged all-weather Seaward pilot boats that service shipping in all weathers in ports from Denmark to Spain. The significant advances in craftsmanship and sound absorption come straight from the world of superyachts where Mike Burnham and Stephen Thomas were previously employed.
“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. 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.
David Harland, owner of Magic, the Seaward 39 on display at the Show, 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 and remarkably smooth in a seaway.
After our visit to The Nelson Boat Owner’s Rally recently, we planned to return to Guernsey but it was clear from the forecast that the weather was set to deteriorate so we cut and run a day earlier. 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.
Length Overall: 12.81m including platform
Air Draft. (excl. Mast): 2.9m
Displacement (full load): 15 tonnes
Cruising Speed (largest engines); 18-22 knots
Top Speed (largest engines): 26 knots
Fuel tanks: 2,000 L
Water Tanks; 463 L
Range (Normal cruising speed): 400 nm
Design Category: A
Engines: Twin Yanmar 8 LV’s rated at 370hp
Price: from £682,959 inc. VAT