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Old 09-29-2021, 12:34 AM   #1
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60' Sea Spirit Long Range Cruiser

Hello all. It's time for my better half and I to look for our forever boat. Currently we own a 37 ft Maxum moored in Lake Union, Seattle Washington and most of our boating has been in the Puget sound and San Juan Islands but we are craving heat and warm tropical waters. Our plans are to find a blue water class boat and to cruise it everywhere but crossings an ocean. (She is not going for that) Most of our time will be in the carribean and potentially up and down the east coast with it being our live-aboard home. We have looked at Nordhavn's, Kady Krogen's, Selene's, Fleming's and during my search I stumbled on a 60' Sea Spirit Long Range Cruiser. Unfortunately I do not know much about the boat besides it cost similar to the other boats mentioned, has the needed range capabilities and seems to be built to blue water standards ( canoe cove stern, redundancy in systems, get home engine, etc.) My better half loves the looks, size and ship-like feel of the boat but we have no knowledge about it? Can anyone chime in that might be able to assist me before I call the salesman as I want an unbiased opinion? Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old 09-29-2021, 06:17 AM   #2
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60' Sea Spirit Long Range Cruiser

Not at all familiar with it but it seems to be modeled after the Cheoy Lee 66 LRC. Why you check the market for a CL instead? Its 100% proven, well known with excellent resale. For the difference in cost you could completely refurbish and even repower the way you like. If you want new then contact Hong Kong. They may still be holding onto the molds.
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Old 09-29-2021, 06:38 AM   #3
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Its funny, that boat convinced my wife that retirement on a boat was a possibility. Previously, I had been thinking sailboats and she didn't think it was feasible to live on one long term. We saw a listing for a SeaSpirit 60, toured the boat and she said "this is the kind of boat I could live on!" (couldn't we all though - the ship is gorgeous!!).

Anyway, we didn't buy it and I'm not qualified to have an opinion on it but.... there was a tech guy who bought one of these new and took his family up and down the eastern seaboard out to the Bahamas, maybe some of the Caribbean. It was a very detailed blog from commissioning though cruising up to when he sold the boat and upgraded to something larger. Yes, he was a rich guy with rich guy resources but it was still a great source of information. He even shared a story about inviting his friends for a weekend cruise on the maiden voyage only to have a waste issue quite literally "blow up"

Anyway, I tried a quick search this morning and couldn't find the blog but if you've got the time its probably worth a comprehensive search to find it.


Best of luck - she is one heck of a gorgeous boat!
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Old 09-29-2021, 10:11 AM   #4
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Interesting boat, very beautiful. But I’d say there numbers are off for range and fuel used at speeds. I’d roughly compare the boat to a nordhaven 60 in fuel burn numbers. It’s got over a foot less draft, slightly less fuel, slightly more hp so I’d say it’s much closer to the nordhaven 60 range specs than what they are posting. I can almost guarantee the hourly burn numbers are not as good as on my 42 foot aluminum trawler that weighs 19000lbs dry and that’s almost what they are claiming. It will not ride as well or be as safe as a nordhaven 60, looks too light to consider it a true full displacement ocean crossing vessel, nor does it have doors and windows specd as thick as a nordhaven, and without looking at the build specs I’d say prob not as thick of a hull either. But with all that, it still looks like quite the seaworthy vessel and should comfortably fit the bill for your stated mission. I cannot attest to the brand but being a very small production or custom one off it will not nearly hold the value as the other boats you have mentioned so keep that in mind.
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Old 09-29-2021, 11:27 AM   #5
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Pretty boat. Here is what I remember. The first version of this boat was "built" by Queenship, a higher end builder in Maple Ridge BC. As so many other yards, Queenship went bankrupt during the GFC. This boat was an attempt by the proprietor (D. Fritz) to continue the brand by offshoring the build to Asia. It did not take off. Recently the design has resurfaced under the Sea Spirit brand. Don't know who owns and builds them now.

More of a luxury trawler, not just focused on extended ocean passages.
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Old 09-29-2021, 11:37 AM   #6
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Wow, thanks for all the reply. I'd agree she is beautiful but I was wondering about the fuel burn, as it definitely seemed a bit too good. I'm going to give the guy a call and see what he says
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Old 09-29-2021, 11:38 AM   #7
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I've been following SeaSpirit for about a decade. With a one off model it seems a tough sell. Provided the price is right and the systems setups are serviceable it would be worth considering. I must admit I'm not fond of dark blue as it often needs re-painting as did this vessel.

There are however some equally capable boats from established builders that are hard to overlook. Add to your list Outer Reef. They are Ocean Rated and with good range. The ERs provide good access with many having smaller twin engines in fitting with their mission.
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Old 09-29-2021, 11:57 AM   #8
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Thanks I'll look at outer reef as well. I've seen about about them but overlooked them in our search
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Old 09-29-2021, 12:29 PM   #9
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Pretty sure one of the Queenship 60s made it around the world with a youngish family of 4.

It is one of the few boats that I dearly admire. I'm a sucker for the traditional lines. S&S design if I recall correctly.
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Well guess it's a mute point the boat is currently enroute from Maine to Fort Lauderdale with a full price offer based on the condition the boat is in Florida by a certain date. I can check this one off the list. thanks for all the input as I'm sure I'll have more questions during the boat search.

thanks AGAIN!
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I too like this boat
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I sold this Sea spirit twice previously as well as having concluded 3 other Sea Spirit sales. Much of the information already posted is correct, but not all of it. Sea Spirit was designed by S & S and built by Dan Fritz, formerly builder of Queenship Yachts. I believe there were 7 Sea Spirits built. The greatest distance that any have cruised that I am aware are from Seattle to FLL although many made trips up and down the East Coast and one did the Great Loop. They are excellent boats with at least 2 hulls still owned by the original owners. This one is a bit steep in price, but then supply and demand is always a factor.
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Old 10-01-2021, 02:35 PM   #14
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holy cow that is a beautiful boat. Looking at it now! Ahh shucks.
1. dont know how to sail... I know...I know.
2. In Europe..
3. It's huge! 85'

still that being said this boat is a beast...no doubt
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Ran into another interesting boat could anyone please let me think if this would also do what I mentioned at the start of this thread. I would be concerned with the height and possible effects of wind hitting all that boat. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


https://www.yachtworld.com/yacht/200...on-70-7378404/
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Ran into another interesting boat could anyone please let me think if this would also do what I mentioned at the start of this thread. I would be concerned with the height and possible effects of wind hitting all that boat. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
https://www.yachtworld.com/yacht/200...on-70-7378404/
That is a lot of boat for the asking price. The windage is just a matter of learning
how it handles in a variety of conditions and planning ahead with weather in mind.
Based solely on the listing it looks to be in good condition.
If I was looking for one that big it would be of interest.
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Old 10-02-2021, 03:12 PM   #17
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Yes that's what I thought it's alot of boat. Thank you for your input
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holy cow that is a beautiful boat. Looking at it now! Ahh shucks.
1. dont know how to sail... I know...I know.
2. In Europe..
3. It's huge! 85'

still that being said this boat is a beast...no doubt
You really think there is going to be any sailing going on with that?
Really?
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Good point I'd agree
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