T47 — By Richard Thiel — September 2000
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Perhaps the most oft-used innovation will be in the cockpit. A starboard locker holds the 120/240 breaker panel and a single removable key that shuts down the entire system. To port, another locker, next to the door to the swim step and beneath the wetbar, fridge and barbecue, has a single switch for turning off or on all lights (preset to your preference), convenient both when leaving and arriving after dark.
Even the glass saloon door is different: It’s curved yet distortion-free, which offers a panoramic view aft. Inside, there’s an entertainment center in the aft port corner, forward of which is a bar, which like the two heads, has a countertop of fossilized marble. Beneath you’ll find an alcove designed to perfectly hold the standard Sealine ship’s decanter.
To starboard, a large U-shape settee holds another surprise: The center section folds out into a twin bed with three-inch innerspring mattress. With the mattress retracted, this makes an excellent dining area, especially after you fold out the beautiful cherry hi/lo table (with inlaid Sealine logo) to twice its size. (That table, like all the cherry cabinetry aboard, is finished with nine coats of flawless lacquer using a process Sealine says is used only by it and Yamaha piano.) If the weather is nice, you can open the aft cockpit door and electrically lower two window panels on each side and enjoy almost al fresco dining.
Forward and to starboard, the elevated lower helm offers excellent sightlines and enough panel space to hold the new, larger displays. A standard Raytheon Pathfinder radar and separate chartplotter are standard, instead of a more common combination unit. The rocker switches to the helmsman’s left include only those necessary for boat operation; others, such as those for interior lights, are elsewhere to keep things simple. The principal trick here is the German electric (not hydraulic) trim tab control panel, which has monitor lights and a pair of buttons that operates the tabs in opposition: As the port one goes up, the starboard one goes down, a system Sealine says enhances response. Another pair operates the tabs in unison.
One step down takes you to the port-side galley, where the big news is stowage. Lift a hatch in the teak and holly sole (standard throughout), and there’s access to four metal baskets, each of which slides into view from a different direction when you need it, then back under the sole when you don’t. The design makes use of virtually all of the under-sole space without resorting to an ungainly hatch. A garbage container is in another in-sole compartment.
Because Sealine resisted the temptation to make this a three-cabin boat, there are two commodious staterooms of nearly identical size, both with large en suite heads, TVs, VCRs, and automotive stereos. (The forward stateroom’s head has two entries so it can double as the day head.) Both heads have large separate showers; the aft starboard stateroom’s is larger and has a sliding shower door that’s a welcome alternative to the circular style now the rage.
On first glance it seems the only conventional venue on this boat is the flying bridge, until you look more closely. The port-side helm, like the lower station, has plenty of panel for large displays, but the real story is the helm seat. It pivots 90 degrees to give you two facing settees and a marvelous shaded (by the standard bimini) conversation area. A big aft pad offers all the supine sun space you could desire, but if you get tired of reclining, two sections tip up to create backrests for chaise-style lounging. There are even two mast-mounted flood lamps for night docking.
With all these innovations, it’s easy to forget what really counts: performance. As our test results show, the 47 is no slouch in terms of speed or range. As for handling, I ran her in a four-foot chop and found her ride smooth and dry. She answered the helm smartly, probably due to those transom-mounted rudders, but my overarching impression was how quiet she was. Whether I was on the bridge or in the saloon, engine and genset sounds were nearly inaudible.
Still, it’s hard not to come away from the T47 with the impression that this is not only the most luxurious, but also the most innovative Sealine ever. Thanks to Richard Nixon the term tricky usually connotes deception to most people, but I find it hard to think of a better adjective to describe the T47. After all, tricky also connotes sleight of hand, and there’s a lot of design magic in this boat.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.