Today was the big day – first time I actually got to see the Seascape 27 at her worlds premiere at “Boot” in Düsseldorf, GER. I was pretty anxious before, since I had already ordered the boat last September and made the first down-payment, but had only seen her in videos, magazines or some pictures from the internet; definitely not how I intended to buy my first boat 😉
For sure, she’s of very good quality and offers outstanding performance, but …
will I actually like her? More importantly, will my girlfriend like her? How well did the yard manage the cross over combining performance & cruising? Is she as spacious from the inside as claimed? – we plan to do some serious cruising. What if the boat and I do not connect? Can I sell her without losing money? Can I effort the required options? – prices unknown until the premiere. … questions upon questions!
I was especially nervous as I liked the Saphire 27 from the media a lot as well. I think she’s partially even more beautiful from the outside than the Seascape 27. I like better how Saphire arranged the windows compared to Seascape 27s hull windows. Nonetheless, when seeing the Saphire in real life at “Hanseboot” in Hamburg, GER in October, we were very sure she is just not the boat for us – was history going to repeat today?
We were both head over heels!
The decision to “keep” her was made instantly. The outside is just perfect; spacious cockpit, ergonomic sitting positions, perfect solution with the engine compartment, … . The interior is as smart as the media claims, though not a loft feeling, she offers sufficient room for 4 people to eat, play cards, have good conversations about the day on the water, sleep and even shit. The “wet room” is amazing – those folding doors – providing spacious privacy to whoever must use the crapper whilst not stealing saloons or front cabins room. Having a remote toilet seems to be especially important to the females 🙂 Two minor details, that need working out when cruising though, are the limited storage capacities and the interior coating of the hull, which is rough and thus provides a very industrial atmosphere.
Update: The boats delivered now have a great even finish, a little like ingrain wallpaper.
Our friend Olli, who teaches sailing master classes for regattas and runs his own business consulting in the area of yacht purchase and equipment, was amazed by her sailing capabilities. He received a full introduction into the different rigging and trimming options – one area I can currently not judge at all. Our gut feeling and his throughout positive professional opinion about the Seascape 27 really topped it off – I’m very happy with my decision.
I am already seeing myself anchoring with my Seascape 27 in some remote bay watching the sunset, enjoying a good Scotch after a fast day on the water!