T47 — By Richard Thiel
— September 2000
|Bristling with innovative, practical features, Sealine’s T47 sets the company on a new course.|
Every once in a while you come across a vessel that marks a transition in the history of a boatbuilder. Sometimes that transition is positive; sometimes it’s negative. In the case of the Sealine T47, the change is as positive as it is obvious.
Ever since Sealines appeared in the United States four years ago, they earned a reputation for innovation, affordability, and distinctive (if somewhat iconoclastic) styling. They’re still affordable, although at about $761,000 as tested, the 47 is hardly cheap. The sophistication has increased significantly, both in terms of styling and standard features, but it’s in innovation where the 47 sets new standards. There are so many tricks on this boat, it’s hard to imagine what the builder will do for an encore.
Perhaps it’s coincidence that Sealine’s chairman of just over one year, Gerard Wainright, is a large chap and that this is the first new boat on his watch, but the 47 is big. Minimum headroom is 6'6" and interior doorways are 22 1/2 inches wide, not much less than in the average home. There’s "big" air conditioning: 56,000 BTUs deployed through four zones, with port and starboard saloon controls and two outlets for the lower station. (Sealine builds FRP channels for the ducting to ensure it doesn’t kink or otherwise become constricted during construction.) The bowrail is of two-inch stainless steel, and when you lean against it, it doesn’t move. Further security is provided by an unusually large toerail. Even the stainless steel prop shafts are oversize: two inches instead of the normal 1 3/4 inches.
Sealine became famous for its unique aft-curtain stowage system: The entire enclosure folds up into a compartment in the cockpit overhang, where it is instantly ready when you need it but invisible when you don’t. This reflects an admirable obsession with not putting anything onboard that doesn’t have a dedicated stowage space. In that spirit, the 47’s optional teak cockpit chairs also stow in the overhead, in a separate compartment, as do the PFDs in a third, convenient should they be needed. The matching teak cockpit table fits neatly on the underside of the cockpit hatch that leads to the machinery space. A standard Glendinning Cablemaster takes care of the 75-foot shorepower cord, and a locker in the swim platform sole offers more stowage and a pair of fold-out tender chocks. The standard passerelle doubles as a crane to launch and retrieve it.
Even the way exhaust and water are handled is innovative: Both exit beneath the platform, out of sight and nearly out of hearing. Farther down, the rudders are transom-hung, also an unusual design; Sealine says the aft-most placement enhances leverage and thus helm response. Inside, just forward of the transom, you’ll find a new twist on an old feature. It’s a laundry/lazarette/crew or kid’s quarters that although small, manages to include a single berth, washer-dryer, fold-out sink, MSD, and closet. It’s even air-conditioned. From here a watertight door leads forward to the acoustically insulated machinery space; directly beneath the cockpit; it’s where the Kohler genset resides. Yet another watertight door leads into the engine room, but unlike most boats, here there will usually be no need to enter, as you can sit in the entrance and check all sea strainers, pumps, and fuel filters and top off oil and coolant via remote tanks. (There are also oil- and coolant-level monitors at the helm.)
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.