I’ve been sailing for over thirty years! It all started as a kid on staff at a Boy Scout camp. By the time I was in college, I was building canoes and rigging them for sailing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota among other places. In 1973, I built my first “real” sailboat from a kit – a 21’Luger Westwind sloop rigged center-boarder. (That boat is still sailing in Minnesota thirty years later.) In 1981, I built a Bruce Roberts designed 25′ motorsailer. (That boat is currently sailing out of Saco, Maine.) For many years, in addition to my passion for building and sailing boats, I was a USCG licensed captain.
Family and professional considerations have led me to set aside boat building for a time, though work represented on this Web site demonstrates that the passion has not died. In September of 2002, we purchased a 1995 Seaward 25 and have had a great time making it our own. Its first serious cruise was a week on Lake Champlain where it performed admirably. This Web site will document the evolution of the boat as well as some of its travels.
I hope that this site will infect you with the passion born in me as a result of my relationship with Windsong . . . the sailing . . . the maintaining . . . the upgrading . . . And I hope it will offer you some practical ideas the will improve your experience of sailing.
Manufacturer = Hake Yachts
Model = Seaward 25
Years Built = 1985-2003
LOA = 26 ft. 9 in.
LWL = 23 ft. 0 in.
Beam = 8 ft. 4 in.
Draft = 2 ft. 1 in.
Displacement = 3,600 lb.
Ballast = 1,200 lb.
Sail Area = 280 sq. ft.
Mast Height (from waterline) = 33 ft. 0 in.
Headroom = 5 ft. 9 in.
Water Capacity = 20 gallons
Fuel Capacity = 6 gallons (10 gallons for Windsong)
Hull Speed = 6.43 knots
Displacement to length ratio = 106
Sail area to displacement ratio = 22.03
Capsize screen = 2.34