The new model emulates the smaller sister, the Seascape 18, which won the European Yacht of the Year awards at her debut in 2009. The 18 is a simple pocket cruiser with a ton of sailing potential and camping comforts that sold more than 150 boats over the past two years. Now the Seascape team is working to expand this concept and there are hints that their second boat won’t be any less exciting.
Seascape’s visionary Andre Mihelin confirmed that the anticipated launch date for the Seascape 27 is in late summer of 2012. The boat will be rated in CE-Category B for coastal sailing. The data confirm the boat’s proximity to the Seascape 18, which in turn incorporates developments first seen in the Mini-Transat racers.
A modern planing hull built from GRP sandwich with hard chines, a retractable keel, an open cockpit, twin rudders and a carbon fibre stick are some of the key features of the Seascape 27. Her coolest trick is that despite her high-performance bent, the boat remains fully trailerable and should fit inside a 40-foot shipping container whilst on its trailer. As a result, shipping costs will be lower, which could encourage owners to take their boat to far-flung destinations, including overseas. The boat’s eight-metre hull has a beam of “only” 2.54 metres that might have been designed wider still if it wasn’t for the size restrictions imposed by container shipping.
The carbon rig with two angled spreaders eschews backstay or runners, so the Seascape will be fitted with a square top main with diagonal top batten. The rest of her canvas includes genoa, heavy-air jib and a gennaker that will be flown from a retractable bowsprit.
Below deck the Seascape 27 will be quite Spartan. Two salon berths double as settees and the salon table can also be used as a nav desk. Forward is a spacious double berth and a head/shower compartment that also could be used to store unused headsails. Auxiliary propulsion is provided by an outboard that’s mounted in a cockpit well and can be removed and stored flat while sailing.
The price has not been set, but Mihelin pegs it at “40- to 45,000 euros without sails and VAT”. The sail-away price will most likely be closer to 60,000 euros. That’s a chunk of change for a 27-footer, but not for this boat’s features and the fun one can expect to have with it.