GRP version at Burnham
Original Wooden Cuddy Version
The Seafarer ‘Seamonster’ took part in the 2013 la Semaine du Golfe held on the Morbihan in southern Brittany. Designed by Alan Buchanan, she was built in 1967. Unlike the earlier version with a fibreglass hull, wooden deck and cuddy, her upper structure was moulded in fibreglass.
Her hull has a shallow keel and a heavy mild steel retractable centreplate. She is rigged as a Marconi sloop with a slab reefing mainsail and a furling Genoa. Designed as a day boat she has minimal accommodation for overnight camping. A boom tent vastly increases usable space for gear that is normally stowed under the cuddy, making room for a crew of two to bunk down.
With a generous sail area and a slippery hull, she has a good turn of speed and above average windward ability, in part due to her masthead Genoa and an efficient centreplate. Her transom hung rudder gives positive and sensitive steering. Auxiliary power comes in the form of an outboard motor.
Very few of these early GRP ‘classic’ day boats have survived until today. I have photographed two I found at Burnham-on-Crouch. The fully moulded fibreglass Seafarer at Rice and Cole is redeemable, but I think the older one with the wooden superstructure has probably had its day.
LOA 5.2 m
Beam 2.2 m
Draught 1.6 m (Plate down)
Expired Auction at Ebay.co.uk for a Seafarer
La Semaine du Golfe
Gulf of Morbinan
Buchanan Owners Association