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seahaven

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Warwick, RI
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1984 Sisu 22
When I was a kid, my father had a 23' Downeast lobster boat that I worked on. From 16 until I graduated from college I ran the boat/business. After that, I moved away, and eventually my father sold the boat.
About 10 years ago, I got back into boating. I started out small, as my wife has motion sickness issues. It didn't help that she had once gone lobstering with me, and was done in by 4 hours of idling in a rocking soft chine lobster boat with the aroma of lobster bait in her nose. I built a 12 ft epoxy stitch and glue skiff, plopped a 4 horse outboard on it, and we went tooling around Greenwich Bay. From there I purchased an 18 ft MFG, and then I impulse bought a 1977 28' Uniflite Mega and got a boat slip.
Uniflite made a great, solid hull, and Seahaven has been a good boat- but twin engine fuel/repair costs, slip fees, and winter storage add up. That, though, is not the real problem. I've learned the hard way that I don't enjoy the ride and handling of a pure planing hull.

Anyways- I'm ready to find something similar to what I once had. We went out in all kinds of weather in that little boat, weather that I would never take my current boat into. The Watch Hill area can have some really challenging conditions, fast moving currents as water moves in and out of Long Island Sound, reefs, and open ocean conditions beyond the reefs. It handled it all.
It was a solid glass, soft chine 23' "Pogo" hull. It came out of Maine as a bare hull, and my grandfather built it up. It had a traditional hardtop lobster boat cabin, although the top was designed and built so it did not need the rear supports- I used to hang off of it and stand on it, and it didn't budge. This was really nice when lobstering because it gave a lot more unobstructed space. It had a heavy oak keel and a protected prop. Wet exhaust, originally a much too heavy Volvo diesel that was bombproof, later a 145 hp Volvo gas engine that was perfect weight and power, but was never meant to be used commercially at a low idle for hours on end. The linked twin carbs especially were a bear to keep adjusted.
I am looking for a DE boat 21-24', some cabin or pilothouse protection, soft chine, and solid construction. I am partial to inboards, but I am not ruling out outboards.
Thanks for reading through my long post, and I appreciate any and all advice you might have.

Sincerely,
Michael P.
 

Eastporter

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Sold- 20' Eastporter (Rebuilt 2011) 22' Pearson Ensign
23' Seaway

This boat is probably worth a look. The 23' Seaway came in a lobster top model with a soft chine.

23 seaway downeast
 

seahaven

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Location
Warwick, RI
Boat Make
1984 Sisu 22
I like what I've seen of the seaway boats, although this one seems suspiciously inexpensive... I'd be interested in seeing the pictures. I also like the Rosborough 22 Sea Skiff. Rosborough seems to have the later Sisu 22 mold that has the little planing flat at the edges. Any opinions on this version vs. the original Sisu?

Thanks!

Michael P.
 
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Spence

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I'm very happy with my new 24' Seaway Hardtop Sport after 21 days on the water. I like the high initial stability and lack of sensitivity to weight shifts of the aft hard chines, particularly at anchor. Not sure whether hard or soft chines would be kinder to motion sickness. 20 smph cruise 4.5 mpg with a 115 yamaha 4 stroke. Good luck with your search!
 

Red1beard

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Deep River Connecticut
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24 ft seaway
I too own a 24' Sea Way Sport. My wife and I really like it. It does have hard chines though. Our previous boat was a 20' Eastern center console with soft chines. A little more rock and roll than the Sea Way. But a decent ride if you kept the speed down.12 to 16 knots and the boat was a nice ride. Would do 30 knots wide open with a 90 hp etec. And shake your teeth out of your head in any kind of chop. Bottom is almost flat aft. Eastern makes the Seaway, Eastern, Rosborough and Sisu. They are quite happy to give a tour of their factory if you call them in advance. I found the tour very interesting. Good luck in your search.
Gene

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