Seaquel is one of the most fascinating boats we’ve seen in the last decade. She’s definitely a custom boat. Built using a Robert H. Perry designed Polaris 43 hull, she was completed over the course of six years by a master machinist owner who hired boatwrights. In fact, Bob Perry viewed Sequel at our docks in August and was awestruck at the level of detail and the quality of construction. This is a difficult cruising yacht to adequately describe in words. So, we’ve tried to capture the details with the following photos. Sequel is a testament to craftsmanship and dedication to detail as manifest in a super solid, rugged and reliable world cruising yacht. Since her “rebuild” in 2001, Sequel has been maintained in “close to new” condition.
SEAQUEL has a painted white hull with black Petit Trinidad antifouling bottom paint which is generously high above the floating waterline to accommodate a full cruising load immersion. A nine inch and one and a half inch tall green sheer stripes accentuate the dramatic hull profile and significant spring in the bow. Indeed the freeboard as measured rises from 44” at amidships to 70” at the stem. Burying the bow will be extremely hard with these lines. A slight hollowing in the flared, overhanging bow will keep the foredeck dry and spray to a minimum. SEAQUEL has a rounded stern and there’s a slight tumblehome at her maximum beam.
An anodized aluminum toe rail with smooth round holes on 6” centers is bedded and secured with socket head stainless steel flat screws. Stainless steel bow pulpit, stern pushpit, and midships boarding gates anchor 33” high double lifelines. Stainless steel stanchions are set in anodized aluminum sockets and secured to the toe rail. Midships boarding gate wires open quickly yet stay secure with Johnson pelican “over center” hooks. The deck is largely flush except for a 22” high coachroof between the mast and cockpit. The deck is painted white with a contrasting cream colored rubber non-skid mat. The expansive foredeck has numerous hatches, mooring cleats and chocks. Custom dinghy chocks secure the Gig Harbor sailing/rowing dinghy upside down while on passage.
As a serious offshore cruising vessel designed, constructed, and outfitted for cruising in high latitudes, SEAQUEL’s aft cockpit was deliberately kept low volume to minimize retained water from storm induced boarding seas. A green yacht acrylic dodger, bimini, and full enclosure shelter the cockpit. Wide, raised coamings keep side deck water out of the cockpit and provide superior back support with 16” high seatbacks. An oiled teak removable grating covers the cockpit sole. A Danforth Constellation steering compass and engine controls are mounted on the Edson pedestal. A sole level storage locker is beneath the starboard settee. Engine space access is beneath the port settee. Two dedicated cylindrical propane lockers are beneath the helm settee. The engine gage panel is recess mounted in the bridge deck and protected by clear acrylic. The companionway companionway is on centerline and fitted with three hardwood dropboards and a cambered overhead wood sliding hatch. A custom padded seat fits in the companionway and perfect watchstanding location when motoring up the Inside Passage to Alaska in cold, wet weather.
SEQUEL was build using the hull of a 1977 Robert H. Perry designed Polaris 43. The deck, cockpit, interior, and all systems were custom built by the owner, a knowledgeable sailor and master machinist. Naval architect J. Cameron Mc Kernan provided drawings for the deck and interior arrangement. A complete new sheer clamp and deck were constructed and installed. All of the interior bulkheads were constructed of wood and foam and vacuum bagged on site. Furniture modules were constructed of vacuum bagged foam and fiberglass. The original hard wood drawer fronts were retained. The decks are built of fiberglass over Kelegecell foam core. Wood beams support the deck and cabin structure and are saturated with epoxy. The cockpit module was built by Cascade yachts of fiberglass and foam core.
According to A. W. “Chip” Gardes, the marine surveyor retained to survey SEQUEL at the completion of her build in 2001:
All work was done by skilled craftsmen to high standards under the supervision of the owner who is a Master Machinist. Materials are appropriate and of good quality. The work viewed is in compliance with NFPA and ABYC recommendations.
SEAQUEL has a true cutter rig with the mast stepped well aft with the intention of flying the manageable jib/staysail combination rather than one large overlapping genoa. Simplicity and reliability are paramount with the rig and sails. The mainsail is hoisted and reefed at the mast. Headsail and staysail are hanked on. The 1 x 19 wire rope standing rigging utilizes “mechanical” cone and socket terminals for longer life over crack prone swaging.
The single spreader mast is deck stepped to keep water, noise and cold out of the interior. A substantial stainless steel post transfers mast compression loads to the keel and hull structure. The mast and boom are aluminum and painted tan LPU. The mast top is white LPU and fixed steps ascend the masthead. Polished stainless steel chainplates are fitted to the outer hull sides with round head though bolts. The backstay is fitted with Hayn insulators for use as an SSB antenna. Fixed and running intermediate backstays counteract staysail stay forward pull.
Volvo Penta MD22L-A 55 HP diesel, 4- cylinder, naturally aspirated engine (1315 hours)
Engine panel in cockpit with tachometer, volts, oil pressure, temperature, and prop RPM
Isspro exhaust pyrometer and high exhaust temperature alarm
Engine block heater
Sauer Sundstrand 90R series axial piston drive hydraulic pump/Votec hydraulic driven motor
1 ¼” Stainless Steel propeller shaft
Spurs rope cutter on prop shaft
Autostream three blade stainless steel feathering propeller
Marelon through hull valves
Edson steering pedestal with 30” diameter stainless steel steering wheel
(2) Integral fiberglass/epoxy 85 gallon fuel tanks
Dual Racor 500FG primary fuel filters with vacuum gage
Mini-Debug fuel treatment system
Jabsco vane fuel transfer/polishing pump
Fireboy FE241 automatic/manual engine room fire extinguisher and automatic engine shut down
Jabsco 12V 140 CFM engine room blower
11 Gallon Isotherm hot water heater (engine, AC, Hurrican heater)
Hurricane hydronic diesel heating system
(2) Rule 2000 bilge pumps
Rule 4000 bilge pump
Edson Gusher manual bronze bilge pump-fix mounted in bilge
Audible alarm system for: engine room bilge, forward bilge, and fire
Glacier Bay 12V ¾ hp 12V compressor holding plate refrigeration system with digital thermostats
Glacier Bay 12V air conditioning unit in salon
(2) Aluminun 5 gallon propane tanks
Xintex S-2A propane solenoid valve and alarm
Heart Tank Tender fuel and water tank gauging system
(2) 85 gallon integral fiberglass/epoxy water tanks
Salt and freshwater foot pumps in galley
Sureflo water pressure pump and accumulator tank
Salt water washdown pump
Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
Shower drain sump with automatic overboard discharge pump
Lavac marine head
40 gallon fiberglass holding tank with macerator and deck pumpout
Splendide WEC7100XC NA washer/dryer
Night Hawk smoke detector
Xintex CMD-2M carbon monoxide detector
(3) Raymarine ST-60 multifunction displays
Raymarine ST-60 wind display
Raymarine L760 fishfinder/chartplotter with C-Map NT+ charts on swing out bracket
Raytheon RL70C radar on swing out bracket
Raymarine 4KW closed array radome on self leveling mount- on starboard quarter pole
W-H Autopilots P-3C continuously running, belt driven pump, hydraulic autopilot
W-H Autopilots HC-2A-3 autopilot remote
Standard Horizon Intrepid DSC VHF radio with cockpit mounted RAM microphone
Masthead mounted VHF whip antenna
Standard Horizon LH-5 loudhailer/fog signal
Icom IC-M710 SSB transceiver with AT130 antenna tuner
SCS Pactor PTC-IIe DSP multi-mode modem
SeaLevel 4 port USB/serial adaptor
Danforth Constellation steering compass
Chelsea Bakelite ship’s clock and barometer
Brass ship’s bell
Tricolor and anchor light at mastheat with emergency strobe light
Spreader mounted floodlights
Mast mounted foredeck light
Firdell Blipper radar reflector
Jensen MCC8528 am/fm/cassette stereo receiver
Polaroid 20” flat screen TV DVD player on swing arm bracket
Shakespeare omnidirectional TV/FM antenna on stern pole
(2) Optimus stereo speakers in salon
Interior access from the cockpit is through a centerline companionway. Three wood drop boards are removed and stored in a custom holding rack to starboard of the companionway. A cambered varnished teak and holy overhead hatch slides forward beneath the spray hood. The hardwood six step companionway ladder is removable for access areas beneath the sole or into the engine room access panel. The interior is both bright, warm, secure and functional. Exception detail and craftsmanship are evident throughout with many custom machined fittings and finely crafted joiner work. White bulkheads and overhead panels help with light and contrast the darker varnished wood cabinet faces, drawers, and trim. The varnished cabin sole is built of sold teak with faux holly strips over marine plywood Exposed, laminated wood deck beams provide confidence of structure. All floorboards, drawers, and lockers are fitted with positive closure. Countertops and shelves are fiddled for time at sea. Beautiful, custom build overhead dome lights are recessed into the overhead and fitted with bright white and dim red elements. Brass “tulip” reading lights are well placed throughout. Foam block insulates the hull sides in way of the interior. A powerful Hurricane hydronic heating system keeps the boat warm and dry. Hot water circulates throughout the boat including fixed pipes in the lower storage lockers to keep them warm and dry in frigid waters. Each space has a heat exchanger, fan and thermostat for temperature control. A small air conditioning evaporator in the salon is powered from the 12V DC Glacier Bay refrigeration system.
SEAQUEL is definitively a couple’s world cruiser with some room for short term guests or passage crew. Her layout optimizes safety, storage, and passagemaking comfort. The space dedicated to the raised galley and navigation station hints at the priorities. The “U” shaped galley is immediately to port of the companionway and will safely wrap the cook while offshore. A huge navigation/communications area is to starboard of the companionway. The salon is two steps down from the nav area. The master stateroom is to starboard of the forward passageway and a head with shower stall is to port. All the way forward is storage/work room with large overhead deck hatch.
The galley has white fleck Corian counters with 2” high fiddles. Double stainless steel sinks are on the centerline peninsula and measure 10” by 14” by 8” deep. A Scandvik hot/cold freshwater faucet, salt and fresh water foot pump nozzle, and water tank vents are fitted at the sinks. A large storage cabinet is beneath the sink. A hinge out stainless steel trash is mounted aft of the sinks. Along the forward galley cabinet is a bank of two drawers (top drawer with dividers for silverware) and a front opening storage cabinet with shelves and double louvered doors. Forward and outboard, beneath the deck edge is a Magic Chef microwave oven. A top loading plastic storage bin is set in the counter just inboard of this microwave. Next aft along the hull side is a three burner, Force 10 gimbaled stove with oven and broiler fitted into a stainless steel surround. Pan storage is below the stove. A bank of five drawers and one locker is aft of the stove. Outboard and aft of the stove is a dish cabinet with smoked acrylic sliding doors. Along the aft bulkhead are the top opening 5 cubic foot fridge and 4 cubic foot freezer.
The navigation station is to starboard of the companionway and well located and suited to the needs of extended offshore voyaging and living aboard. Along the aft bulkhead a 45” wide by 25” deep chart table with a hinges open to access a 6” deep chart drawer. A comfortable leather swivel chair allows one to face aft and work at the chart table or swivel outboard and view the communications electronics. The radar and chartplotter are mounted on a custom bracket which docks along the aft bulkhead above the chart table or easily swings inboard and up into the companionway for viewing from the cockpit. The AC and DC switch panels are above this aft chart table. Communications and other electrical panels are outboard, beneath the deck edge and narrow counter. A storage locker with double louvered doors is beneath this counter. Forward and outboard in the nav area is a wide three drawer chart locker with a 37” by 36” chart table. The overall counter/table area and storage space in this navigation/office area is impressive for a 43’ cruising yacht.
The salon is two steps down from the raise aft nav/galley area. The dining table is large enough to easy dine 8 and there are three excellent sleeping berths on the settee’s and pilot berth. The “L” shaped settee measuring 80” long by 58” wide is to port. Salon cushions are covered with tasteful light brown upholstery. A centerline drop leaf table’s pedestal houses the large house batteries. An open bookshelf is mounted on the partial aft bulkhead. Outboard of the port settee an open bookshelf is flanked by caned door cabinets with a tall open bookshelf backed by hull side staves. Locking storage bins are located outboard of the seatbacks and beneath the settee cushions. To starboard is an 80” long settee with a 25” wide pilot berth outboard and above the seat back. Seatback cushions and braces are removed to access a 40” wide lower berth and storage space. Four Frigast “tulip” reading lights are bulkhead mounted on each end of the settees. Two overhead, recessed dome lights are mounted over the dining table.
The stateroom is forward of the salon and is full beam. A pullman-style berth measures 6’ 7” long by 48” wide and has a 7” thick custom mattress with quilted top. Two reading lights are mounted on the aft bulkhead. An impressive bank of storage drawers, lockers, and top opening bins is below this berth. Forward of the berth space the Washer/dryer is mounted above a bank of drawers. To port and forward of the passageway, a large locker with shelves is outboard of a 33” long by 17” wide dressing seat. The head and stall shower are to port of the passageway. The solid wood privacy door has a lower louvered section for ventilation. The stall shower is aft and built of molded fiberglass with gel-coat for easy maintenance. A low seat is outboard and allows for showering while underway in big seas. A curtain keeps shower water from the head compartment. The Lavac marine head is forward and inboard. A vanity with Corian counter is outboard. Storage is below the vanity behind a louvered door. A 13” by 9” by 7” deep rectangular stainless steel sink with Scandvik faucet is surface mounted in the Corian counter. A medicine cabinet/locker with three shelves and mirrored door is forward and outboard. An overhead dome light, “tulip” task light, towel bar and removable teak grate complete this space.
A workshop/storage area is forward of the stateroom. And accessed from the passageway through large ring frame bulkhead. A 2’ by 2’ overhead deck hatch allows large items to be stored in this space and also provides light and natural ventilation. To starboard and up high, a bar is provided for hanging running rigging and other line. To port, storage bins hold sails and the sailing dinghy rudder and centerboard. A butcher block work bench with drawer is forward, below louvered access doors to the chain locker. A removable teak grate is on the cabin sole. Two overhead dome lights illuminate this shop at night.