Hi Ericmower, my wife and I lived aboard an Allied
Seawind for 7 years, travelling between the Chesapeake and the Caribbean
. I have nothing but positive things to remember about our experiences with the boat. Ours was one of the older ones, hull
#7 built in 1962 the year they started. Yes they were the first fiberglass
boat to circumnavigate, you can find the story of Allan Eddy and his seawind 'Apogee' on the net and it's a great read, he was attacked by whales in the Pacific, grounded on a reef for several days, and made it around in 4 years mostly by himself. The boats are very seaworthy
, and we always felt that she could take a lot more ocean than we could. Compared to most modern built boats, the Seawind's full keel 4-1/2' draft
is a lot of keel, making a stable seaworthy
boat. I remember reading a story of one that got rolled all the way around and righted itself. We were once motorsailing along the north coast of the Dominican Republic
at night with a full main up when we got blasted by a katabatic wind
coming off the shore. It went from 5 kts of wind
to 30-40 in less than a minute and blew for two hours. While it surprised us, the boat just laughed, and we were able to leave the full main up without a problem.
I find it interesting that you don't like the mizzen and at the same time ask if it will heave to. Nothing makes a boat lay to the wind like a mizzen sail. We loved having the mizzen, for rolly anchorages
where the current
swung us beam on to the wind, for balancing the sails
, and heaving to. With our modern autopilots the mizzen isn't as important these days, but the earlier voyagers were able to balance the sails
and tie the jib
sheet to the tiller for excellent self steering
Weakness? Mostly just the age of the boats. They were built in a time when fiberglass
boats were supposed to look like wooden boats so there is some exterior teak
. The beam is narrow relative to the modern production boat with just a 9-1/2' beam, but that's the trade
off you make for a bluewater capable 30' boat. While the interiors are ok, Allied wasn't known for amazing teak
interiors like the Taiwanese boats, so they are relatively basic. The hulls are very strong, buillt before anyone knew what fiberglass blisters
were, but like all old boats you need to check the coachroof for soft spots due to poorly bedded equipment
. Check for play in the outboard
, they were built with bronze gudgeons and pintles that can wear out causing slop. Check around the deck
for signs of compression
, although we never had a problem with that.
I think that they are great boats that still hold excellent potential and value today.
As long as the boat is in good shape, it will take you anywhere you want to go, safely. I'm happy to answer any more specific questions you might have also.