Dear Ace: The Seamaster 46 is a GREAT boat! We bought ours from the original owner in 1996 and lived aboard in the Pacific Northwest
and the Caribbean
for many years. It was our first boat. We had never owned nor sailed before. We used it more like a sail stabilized trawler
thanks to the 85 hp Perkins
, folding 3 blade
prop, inside steering
, and 500 gallon gas tank. The drawback to the boat is of course the small berths. They are great for one person but pretty cramped for two. Also the center cockpit
is too small although the rear cockpit
(if you have one) is great. We ended up selling it in Florida
and it eventually ended up in the hands of the previous post.
We have looked into buying
a trawler but after much research
decided to buy a sail catamaran
for the following reasons:
1. Stable at sea. Not all trawlers are stabilized.
2. 2 engines and sails
instead of only one engine
3. Shallow draft
. Ours is 3'9". Also will rest on the bottom if the tide leaves you.
4. GREAT maneuverbility. 2 engines set 20 feet apart allow for pivoting within its waterline.
5. Redundant systems. 2 of everything.
6. Giant increase in room. Our Prout 46 has 2 king sized beds, a 4X4 foot shower
, an 8 foot by 5 foot head
plus another one, huge salon
with a great inside steering
station. There is so much room, there are cabins that we don't go into unless we have guests. The interior
space of a catamaran
is estimated to be 50-60% more than an eqivalent length monohull
7. Giant cockpit and great deck
8. PRICE! A used 40-50 foot catamaran is going to be almost half the price
of a used 40-50 foot trawler.
Good luck with your new boat whatever you end up with. But just remember, you will be hard pressed to find ANY boat built as well as the Seamaster 46. Erik