Haven’t Heard of Seaforth Marine Group and Seascape Marine Builders

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You can tell a lot about a yard by which designers and naval architects choose it to craft a vessel that they designed.

You can tell a lot about a yard by which designers and naval architects choose it to craft a vessel that they designed. Take, for example, a new 72’ catamaran hydrofoil motor yacht designed by Apollonio Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of Bellingham, WA, a leading designer of luxury yachts as well as high speed vessels for commercial and military uses.

The 72’ cat hydrofoil is the first vessel of its type ever its size and type to be built in the Pacific Northwest. And the firm’s principal, Howard Apollonio, had the pick of yards in the Pacific Northwest, a region that has produced some of the world’s legendary motor yachts. His choice: Seaforth Marine Group and Seascape Marine Builders.

“I have worked with many of their staff when they were with other yards, so I have great confidence in the yard – they really know what they’re doing,” says Apollonio.

Haven’t heard of Seaforth Marine Group and Seascape Marine Builders? You will. They two firms grew out of the same founding enterprise and now provide complementary services is adjoining spaces. Seaforth, with facilities on both west and east coasts of North America along with new offices in Europe, has been going quietly about its business of designing some of the most interesting FRP motor and sail pleasure craft from 50’ to 120’ on the continent. Like the 72’ Catamaran Hydrofoil. And Seascape has expanded its offering to include construction of both FRP and steel hulled vessels to 130’ – with some of the most accomplished craftsmanship anywhere in the world. Here are a few vessels that the firms have coming off the drafting table and out of the yard:

· Tradition 47, 58, 68, a passagemaking motor yacht that combines the strength and range of a trawler with the style and comfort of a mega yacht.

· Northport 58, a sleek Mike Harling design that updates the elegant “picnic boat” designs of the 1920s and 30s using advanced exterior construction materials including Kevlar and carbon fiber. Harling, who has had a hand in more than a few legendary boats in his five decades in the business, happens to work in-house for Seaforth.

· Harling 80' is a mini-mega yacht designed to allow its owners to cruise on their own without crew. The pilothouse motor yacht has five control stations with throttle, bow thruster and steering capability that will that allow two experienced people to safely control the vessel on their own.

· A 115’ custom monohull FRP raised sportfisherman, a new addition to the Harling line.

Seascape’s highly skilled workforce draws on the deep, generational pool of shipbuilding and finishing expertise for which the Pacific Northwest is justly celebrated. Seascape Marine Builders are recognized for uncompromising quality and finish. Together Seaforth and Seascape often combine design and construction skills to produce vessels that bring joy to the owners, like the Feisty, a Tradition launched last year.

Feisty’s owners, Duane and Walli Olive of Oak Harbour WA, knew exactly what they wanted in the abstract. Seaforth’s in-house interior design leader, under the direction of Coralee Moirier, was able to translate that vision into a “home at sea” that lets the Olives live out their dream of virtually living at sea in total safety, deep comfort and elegant style.

Walli says Coralee captured who they were and how they wanted to live. “She listened very closely to our vision and understood our tastes instinctively. The fabrics and color-schemes she showed us were right in sync with what we wanted.” Duane adds that he is very “impressed with the fit and finish. They work at a very high level of craftsmanship that gives our boat a totally different feel from any other cruiser trawlers.”

Seaforth’s lead designer and production supervisor, Mike Harling, with nearly five decades of experience in designing and building boats in Europe and North America, heads up the west coast design team. He is best known for the design of Cooper Yachts’ Prowler 40’ and Queenship’s Berretta 70’ series, and the production and engineering of Cooper’s legendary Mary J. I and II, Reminisce, and Saratoga motor yachts. Harling also supervised the production of Queenship’s Admiralty Series.

Leading Seaforth’s St. John office is naval architect Winston Pynn, who has more than a decade of experience in design and production of both mega-yachts and small boats at custom and production yards across North America. Pynn has held design positions for both Trinity Yachts in New Orleans and Luhrs Mainshed, in St. Augustine, Florida.

Both Seaforth and Seascape use state of the art building technologies, including resin infusion for hull construction, and vacuum bagging for both hull construction and sealing the veneers on the interior finishing. This adds not only strength and longevity, but also perfects the finished look.

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