Wooden Ships Comments on this Iain Oughtred Wee Seal II
Iain Oughtred Wee Seal II design, professionally built in 2005 for the current owners.
The Wee Seal II is one of Oughtred's larger designs with a self draining cockpit and cabin with 2 berths and sitting headroom. The current owners have cruised the boat extensively from 2006 to 2014 around the south coast and up to Norfolk with trips on the Broads, most of the Welsh coast and a 6 week summer cruise on the west coast of Scotland. The boat has always been wintered ashore under covers on her trailer to keep her in smart condition.
She has proved herself to be a seaworthy and capable boat despite her small stature, riding out boisterous conditions with ease. The owners are confident to sail her in a Force 6 and have been caught out in a F7 several times without any issues.
The hull is very stiff and strong due to the glued plywood construction, while also being lightweight. The unladen weight of the hull is 750kg, while her all up weight including trailer for towing is just 1.3 tons meaning nothing more than an average sized car is required to tow her. The ease with which she can be transported gives enormous flexibility in the areas where she can be sailed and reduces running costs as she can be stored at home when not afloat, avoiding hefty boat yard fees. Launching can be done on a slipway off the trailer and the mast can be stepped by hand making her a simple and cheap boat to use.
A smart boat built to a known and applauded design in nice condition, complete with trailer and outboard engine, perfect for summers exploring local coasts and rivers.
Length on Deck 18'3"
Draft 1'8"/3'11” plate down
Towing weight 1300kg
Glued plywood hull using Robbins Super Elite marine plywood bonded with epoxy. 9mm hull planking.
All structural bulkheads, frames, bearers and stringers in same top quality plywood.
Keel, deadwood and floors across the centreline in Utile.
All fastenings of marine grade bronze or 316 stainless steel.
External lead ballast keel of 380kg held with bronze bolts.
Centreplate operated with a tackle.
Epoxy sheathed Robbins marine plywood deck, finished in non-slip deck paint on laminated Douglas Fir deck beams. Varnished rubbing strake and toe rail.
All bronze deck fittings.
Coachroof coamings of Robbins plywood, varnished inside and out with bronze portholes. Epoxy sheathed plywood coachroof deck.
Self draining cockpit with varnished coamings and thwarts. Bridge deck into the cabin.
Tiller steering with a marine plywood rudder hung on the stern post with bronze hangings.
The underwater hull has been finished in Coppercoat which is a type of permanent antifoul that does not need replacing each season.
Gaff sloop rig on a deck stepped varnished spruce hollow mast.
Slab reefing varnished Douglas fir boom.
Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2015, to external bronze chain plates.
Very simply rigged with a pair of cap shrouds each side, the aft most ones swept back a little to give back stay support.
Running rigging led aft to the cockpit through deck organisers.
No winches, the headsail sheets are finished with tackles to give more purchase.
Bronze mainsheet horse on the aft deck.
Jib hanked to the forestay and rigged with a downhaul to stow it safely.
Mainsail, working jib and heavy weather jib all made by Arun Sails in 2005 and in good condition.
Tohatsu 4hp 2 stroke outboard engine from 2005. Serviced 2020.
Outboard sits in a well on the aft starboard side, the well has a blanking plate for when the engine is not in.
Single 12 volt battery to power the basic electrical system.
2 single berths with sitting headroom. Smart cushions finished in blue canvas.
Thetford chemical toilet fits on the cabin floor.
Galley area with space for a small camping stove, designed to fit a Dometic Origo 1500 single burner spirit stove. Water carried in plastic jerry cans.
Good storage space within the cabin, the boat was used for a 6 week voyage on the west coast of Scotland and was a comfortable home for the owners during that period.
NASA marine Target 2 sounder
Standard Horizon DSC VHF
Lowrance Elite-4m chartplotter in a removable wooden box with cup holder on top
Kobra 6kg anchor with 5m chain and 60m of warp
Guardian anchor with 3m of chain and 50m of warp Beaching legs
Mainsail with 4 spare battens
Heavy weather jib
Removeable tiller extension
Spare tiller with its own extension
Warps (bow and stern mooring lines; 2 spring mooring lines)
Towing bridle for emergencies
Fenders – 1 bow fender; 6 other inflatable fenders
2 tubular radar reflectors
Folding anchor signal ball
Small solar panel connects to this battery system
Connector to the outboard engine to charge the battery
Bracket for sartech epirb (epirb not included)
Fire extinguisher (never used and no longer in date) and fire blanket
Plastic jerry cans
Tohatsu 4hp 2 stroke outboard engine, fuel container and outboard toolkit
2 layer tarp cover for the boat
Padded plastic strip to go over the mast when stored under the cover
Sail tie bungees
3 washboards can be locked with a padlock from top washboard to hatch cover
Galvanised road trailer
Trailer winch cover
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