Seaforth - The Holiday of a Lifetime

A pair of Kiwis who realised that life isn't a dress rehearsal and its time to go see the world.

01 July 2017 | Susui, Vanua Balavu, Fiji
12 June 2017 | Port Maurelle, Vava'u
10 June 2017 | Ha'apai Beach Resort, Pangai
09 June 2017 | Ha'apai, Tonga
04 June 2017 | North Minerva Reef
02 June 2017 | South Minerva Reef
10 May 2017 | Orokawa Bay, Bay of Islands
02 May 2017 | Opua, NZ
26 April 2017 | Opua, Bay of Islands
26 April 2017 | Opua, Bay of Islands
09 April 2017 | Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands
05 April 2017 | Gulf Harbour
24 March 2017
08 February 2017
25 January 2017
23 January 2017
22 April 2014
22 December 2013 | Smokehouse Bay, Great Barrier Island, NZ
21 December 2013 | Smokehouse Bay, Great Barrier Island, NZ
20 December 2013 | Smokehouse Bay, Great Barrier Island

Seaforth has a sister

08 February 2012 | Auckland, New Zealand
The plans we picked up from the designer were for Seaforth's sistership, Samasaan. The two yachts are virtually identical, but as Samasaan is the older sister, Seaforth had to be just a little bit different. The plans show the gas locker up forward, whereas Seaforth's gas locker is down aft, borrowing some space from the capacious starboard lazarette. The door to the aft cabin is hinged on the opposite side to the door in the drawings. The most important difference though is that Seaforth's keel is 4 inches (100 mm) further aft than Samasaan's.

Apparently the original owner of Samasaan wanted to install a diving compressor in the lazarette down aft, so Laurie Davidson allowed for the weight of a compressor when he did the keel location calculations and mounted the keel 100 mm further forward to account for the extra weight down aft. In the end the compressor was never fitted so apparently Samasaan has always trimmed slightly bow down.

Samasaan is now owned by a lovely couple, Chris and Monica Cotter and she's currently in Malaysia waiting for the Cotters to settle some business in NZ and return to their cruising adventure.

Actually, after talking with Chris and Monica we've realised that Samasaan isn't built to drawings either ... she's also got the gas locker aft and the cabin door hinged the same way we have. Put it down to creative licence in the building process.

So, Seaforth isn't quite a "one off" custom vessel. Bloody close though. :)
Vessel Name: Seaforth
Vessel Make/Model: Davidson 47
Hailing Port: Auckland, New Zealand
Crew: Steve & Ade
About: So we're a couple in our 40s and we've decided to abandon a responsible life with careers and stuff, sell the farm and the cars and go sailing instead. Stuff it, I might die before I get to retire so let's have fun now .... there might be time to work later.
Extra: Oh yeah ... we've got 2 dogs as well .... border collies (cute!). That's gonna make life interesting on a boat isn't it? Oh and in case you were wondering, that isn't a photo of either of us in the string vest ... or anyone we know either.
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Who: Steve & Ade
Port: Auckland, New Zealand