The Boat

Vessel name: s/v Uisge Beatha
Year launched: 1979
Manufacturer: Allied Boat Company
Model: Seawind II
Rig: Ketch
Hull number: 98
Home Port: Galesville, MD
West River Yacht Harbor
Length Overall 31′ 7″
Waterline Length 25′ 6″
Beam 10′ 5″
Draft 4′ 6″
Displacement 14,900 lbs.
Ballast 5,800 lbs.
Keel Style Modified Full
Sail Area 555 ft²
Fuel (diesel) 40 gallons
Water 60 gallons
Designer Thomas Gillmer
Theoretical Hull Speed 6.767 knots
DL ratio 401.16
Beam to length ratio .328
Sail Area/Displacement ratio 14.696
Capsize Screening Value 1.69

The Allied Seawind was the first fiberglass boat to circumnavigate the world, a feat accomplished over the course of 9 years by Alan Eddy aboard the Apogee (hull #11). During that time, her strong construction withstood primitive slipways, grounding, and even a whale attack in the middle of the Indian ocean! You can read more about it in the article So You Want To Sail Around The World as well as in the book She’ll Cross an Ocean…If You Will.  And since then other Seawind skippers have circled the globe as well, with perhaps the most famous being Scott and Kitty Kuhner in their beloved “Bebinka.”

The current Seawind II, at 32 feet, is a logical extension of the original Seawind design by naval architect Tom Gillmer, well-known for his ability to combine beauty and brawn with superb sailing ability and generous creature comforts. In developing the Seawind II, Gillmer drew upon the invaluable background provided by thousands of successful ocean-going Seawind miles in combination with his own vast experience as a designer and sailor. The Seawind II, with its long keel and medium displacement, provides maximum directional stability and superior performance on all points of sail, especially to windward. She’s fast, even in light airs, stable, and surprisingly stiff. Handmade by American craftsmen on the shores of the Hudson River, the Seawind II is built to exceed Lloyds AAA specifications. Standard features include: solid fiberglass construction with end-grain balsa-cored deck and cabin top, all fittings through-deck bolted with back-up plates and S.S. washers, solid bronze seacocks, Awlgrip painted spars, ten bronze opening ports with screens, Edson rack-and-pinion steering system with custom teak and bronze wheel, extra heavy-duty extruded aluminum rub rail, 5-inch foam cushions and backrests, head-shower with separate vanity, generous use of teak on exterior and interior, full engine instrumentation, custom electrical panel, Hood working sails with covers, and much more. Ketch rig is standard, with cutter rig available as an option.

 

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Line Drawings

Sail plan

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The namesake

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At anchor on the Rhode River

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Outside the marina at West River Yacht Harbor

Sailing the Chesapeake

Kubota engine by Phasor Marine

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