The new Seascape model emulates her 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 has sold more than 150 units 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 will be late in the summer of 2012. The boat will be rated as CE-Category B for coastal sailing. The data confirm the boat’s similarity to the Seascape 18, which in turn incorporates developments first seen in 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 fiber mast are some of the key features of the Seascape 27. Her coolest trick: Despite her high-performance bent, the boat remains fully trailerable and should fit inside a 40-foot shipping container while on its trailer. As a result, shipping costs will be lower, which could encourage owners to take their boats to far-flung destinations, including overseas. The boat’s eight-meter hull has a beam of only 2.54 meters. It might have been designed wider if it weren't for the size restrictions imposed by container shipping.
The carbon rig, with two angled spreaders, eschews backstay and runners, so the Seascape will be fitted with a square-top main with a diagonal top batten. The rest of her canvas includes genoa, heavy-air jib, and a gennaker that will be flown from a retractable bowsprit.
Belowdecks, the Seascape 27 will be quite spartan: Two saloon berths double as settees, and the saloon table can also be used as a nav desk. Forward is a spacious double berth and a head/shower compartment that could also be used to store headsails. Auxiliary propulsion is provided by an outboard mounted in a cockpit well. The engine 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 sailaway 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.
This story was originally published in Yacht Magazine.
Translated by Dieter Loibner, de.boats.com