Dear Ward: A bow thruster should have been standard equipment
on a Seamaster 46! Since I had never owned a boat and never sailed or motored a boat prior to buying
our Seamaster, I just figured I was an idiot when it came to manuevering the boat in a marina. Luckily the first marina I had her at didn't have any wind
issues, or I would have given up and sold her. A 3 bladed Max Prop doesn't solve the problem but it helps.
I talked to Bob Perry about it and although he didn't come right out and admit the boat was hard to back, he did mention that he was sued by a new Seamaster owner whose claim was the boat had no steerage when backing.
The years of trying to manuever that unwieldy Seamaster paid off in spades a couple years ago, when the leeward engine on my Prout 46 catamaran
quit while trying to enter a slip sideways to a 20 knot wind
. I immediately jumped into Seamaster mode and after many forwards and reverses parked the boat successfully, though narrowly avoiding going aground. There were quite a few onlookers (most of them catamaran
owners) who couldn't believe I had done it especially after learning
which engine had failed. I just shrugged my shoulders and asked them if they had ever heard of a Seamaster 46.
Come to find out, there was over 5 gallons of water in the 100 gallon fuel tank that fed that engine (I guess from condensation). The boat had been sitting for several months (years?) with the tanks less than half full. After polishing and treating the fuel, I have never had more than a few drops in the fuel, even though the boat still sits for months (years?) in Florida
, while I am living in Washington
. I do however, try to keep the tanks full of fuel. That is a little hard to do with a Seamaster considering their 300-500 gallon fuel capacity.
You may be right about a crack in the fuel tank. Anything is possible but the boat is so overbuilt that's hard for me to believe. I am trying to remember what the inspection ports look like, but if I remember correctly, they were about 10-12" in diameter with bolts coming up through them along the edges. The rubber gasket
was a full circle cut out that the bolts stuck through as well. I think our gaskets looked just fine from the outside until we opened up the ports and found all of them at the bottom of the tank. Could it be possible that the leak is around the bolts and bolt holes? I'd check that out. Also, did you say that the water in the tanks was fresh water? Erik