Mike Burnham, MD of The Boat Development Co, builders of the Seaward Nelson all-weather motor cruisers reported ‘A really good Show’ at the close of the annual Southampton Boat Show in September. “Our new Evolution models certainly gained a lot of interest and we now have a series of trials booked by potential customers looking for a good sea-going motor cruiser.”
One of the more remarkable statistics to emerge is the high interest leveled in these all-weather boats from sailors rather than motorboat enthusiasts. “60% of our customers previously had sailboats and appreciate the proven sea-keeping and safety of these Seaward Nelson boats when changing from sail to power.” Says Burnham.
One ‘seasoned motorboat’ owner is John Wotton, a retired businessman from Dartmouth who took delivery of his second Seaward during the Show. John had previously owned a 25 model and wanted to scale up to the larger 29 E15 with the new Yanmar six cylinder engines and upgraded Raymarine navigational electronics. John and his skipper, Mark Taylor, have spent considerable time in recent months working with the Seaward team on the design and layout of Cool Blue 111 to incorporate features from the extensive list of options to make it a comfortable and reliable motor cruiser on the seas around the South West coast and for exploring the many river estuaries in the area. She will be based at Darthaven Marina on the River Dart, and John is looking forward to many happy hours of boating this Autumn and during 2016.
Seaward exhibited the all new Seaward Nelson 35 E15, John Wotton’s 29 E15, and the Seaward Nelson 25 E14 at the Show, and also had details of the Seaward Nelson 39 and 42 models to be launched next year. All now boast numerous improvements including a very sophisticated level of engineering, soundproofing and interior design, together with a steering position exclusive to Seaward with a variable wheel angle and foot rest that caters for all sizes to stand or sit at the controls.
For more information, visit: www.seawardboat.com