Page updated: 22 October 2012
This site celebrates the SeaHawk. It's a 17ft GRP drop-keel yacht, supplied in two and four-berth variants. It is used by many owners as a Trailer Sailer and is often advertised as an ideal first boat.
Visit tomorrow to see another image of a SeaHawk!
SeaHawks were built in England between 1969 and 2004, initially by Reedcraft Ltd, at The Quay, Reedham, who held a press launch in February 1970. R. Moore & Son (Wroxham) Ltd took over production at their works in Station Road, Wroxham in 1977. After Moores ceased trading in 1998, a further handful of boats were built by Mistral Craft of Bridge Street, Loddon. Pyefleet Boat Sales of Crouch Street, Colchester, then took over responsibility for production and the moulds moved to Essex. However, it is not clear if they actually made further boats or only sold those already built by Mistral Craft. The moulds were then bought by Sam Watson, who was initially considering re-starting production, and it was he who built the final boat. That example was sold incomplete in August 2005 and not launched until Sunday 17 April 2010 at Brightlingsea in Essex.
The site is aimed at a number of audiences, hence the structure of the main menu:
- Buyers who are expected to want to:
- Find a general description of the features of the boat
- Know something of the history of the design
- See how it was promoted by its builders
- Look at examples of the design
- Read reviews by non-owners who will not overlook any shortcomings
- Know where to look to buy a SeaHawk
- Know what to look for when inspecting a boat
- Find out the age of a particular SeaHawk
- Owners who are expected to want to:
- Find how others have tackled repair and maintenance issues
- Be inspired by other owners customisations
- Learn about good cruising waters and the local slipways
- Swap trailer and trailing tips
- Meet with other owners
- Sellers who are expected to want to:
- Know where to advertise for the quickest sale
- Get an idea of value
- Advertise on the site
And of course, the site aims to encourage discussion about this great little boat, hence we have a Forum where anyone can register and post questions, tips, photos, logs of cruises and more.
Some of the information on this site is speculative, based on memory, observation and guess work, although increasingly it relies on information supplied by other owners, so please do provide corrections or confirmation of anything found on the site via the site's Forum (the preferred approach). However, you can if necessary.
The site is maintained by Greg Chapman who became a SeaHawk owner (#267) on Easter Day 2004. (It meant he had to create another section on his Greg Afloat site, where he keeps a blog of most of his boating activities.)