Sea Spirit Walk-Through

Sea Spirit Walk-Through

2009 Sea Spirit Passagemaker 60 hull 60-102
Swim Step and entry gates

One benefit of the canoe stern is that it results in a very large, usable swim platform. On Sea Spirit, it is possible to dock a dinghy on the starboard side, hang a couple of kayaks from the retractable swim platform cleats, and still have room for guests to tie up on the starboard side.

When not in use, the swim platform cleats retract fully, to avoid tripping points for those entering and exiting.

There is a substantial storage compartment in the middle of the swim step, in which the current owner stores diving equipment and other items. Additionally, there is a live bait well with filling and emptying pumps plumbed in. It is located so that it can also be filled with fresh water from a recessed hot/cold shower head, and the current owner's children often use it as a hot tub when they exit the water after an hour's snorkeling.

Although there is a fold-out swim ladder built in to the swim platform, the platform itself is close enough to the water to allow the current owner's family to simply haul themselves out by hand.

Finally, due to its large expanse and the fact that it extends several feet around each side of the hull, the swim platform serves as one of three levels at which one can conveniently enter/exit Sea Spirit from the dock. This is especially useful in locales where fixed, rather than floating, docks are the norm. Entering from the swim platform involves climbing a couple of stairs through the pantographic transom door into the aft deck or cockpit. The other two entry levels are the starboard midships gate, which is at the same level as the salon and aft deck floors (a couple of feet higher than the swim platform), and the pilothouse gate, which is a couple of feet higher still. For even larger tidal ranges, the current owner has also stepped onto the dock from the port or starboard foredeck bow rail and the boat deck amidships. This "vertical versatility" is something the current owner has been complemented on many times dockside.


Sea Spirit has substantial hawse holes aft, aft-of-midships, fore-of-midships, and in six places on the bow. They have curved stainless steel finishing to minimize chafing, as well as rollers to provide fairlead around to the large cleats and bollards to which lines are tied. While finding the right angle can be a challenge at some marinas on any boat, there are enough choices available on Sea Spirit to make the best of any situation that arises.


The current owner advises that the 132 pound "Navy Pool" style anchor has held well for him in a variety of conditions. The current owner was able to get the anchor to drag under experimental conditions, but it required an improper set and short scope to do so. While any anchor can drag, the manufacturer's choice of anchor has proven to be sound. Currently, there is high-test (G43) 3/8 inch anchor chain aboard. The current owner has considered using a heavier 1/2 inch anchor chain, but has not yet found a need for it. In any case, parts are already aboard to convert the 3/8 inch windlass gypsy to 1/2 inch if that were the new owner's preference after some cruising experience.

The current owner uses a single nylon snubber (although two are aboard) to provide a cushion against any surge at anchor. Usually, about 20 to 30 feet is used, although more would be paid out in a performance situation. The snubber also ensures that the anchor chain does not contact the forward parts of the boat, including the bulbous bow, in case of any sailing-at-anchor that might occur.

A small but necessary item is a chain stopper, to relieve the tension on the anchor windlass. In many boats, this is an afterthought, but on Sea Spirit it is built in.

A second anchor, a Fortress FX-85, is aboard, along with almost 200 feet of nylon and chain rode. The current owner has only rarely used this anchor, but it is available for use off of either the bow or stern. A stern electric windlass is available to assist with aligning the boat in any particular direction to minimize any movement while at anchor.

A smaller version of this anchor, a Fortress FX-7, is the main anchor for the dinghy, and has provided a great degree of confidence for the current owner.

Teak Caprails

The current owner's preference is for a varnish-free boat exterior, and the caprails are currently stripped of their varnish. The caprails are in very good condition, and could be re-varnished by the new owner at any time.

Bottom Paint

The boat has ablative bottom paint applied in two coats, and three at the waterline. Application was done in Ft. Lauderdale in the fall of 2010. Interlux Micron Extra was used. The boat's bottom has not been cleaned since that time, other than by the natural action of the water. The paint has performed better than expected in Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas, with only incidental growth noted when the boat has sat unused for a few weeks.

At the same time (fall 2010), PropSpeed was applied to the boat's below-water-line running gear, and those have also remained growth-free.

Aft-deck Seating and Dining

The aft deck includes curved bench seating and tables that can be extended across the pantographic swim step door to create a large dining area. The current owner has comfortably dined nine people there, and the curve makes conversation very easy. When not required, the center sections of both the seating and tables can be quickly removed and stored out of the way. There is substantial storage beneath the aft deck seating, as well as a hot/cold shower to serve the swim platform and aft deck.

Shore Power

There is an electrically powered CableMaster system for the Aft shore power inlet, greatly easing the deployment and retraction of the 50 Amp power cord. Additional shore power inlets are provided on the foredeck, so that Sea Spirit can easily be powered by pedestals ahead of the boat's bow, not just behind its stern.


The current owner's son and wife are avid fishermen, and frequently troll off the back of the boat. While in no way set up for big game fishing, casual trolling has been a pleasure, using the two built-in rod holders. The large swim step helps immensely when landing a large fish. Rod storage is contemplated for either under the flybridge canopy or in tubes atop the boat deck, but the current owner has not pursued it so far.

Oil Change

Close to the pantographic door, is a fitting that leads to the electric oil change system in the engine room. Using this fitting, it is possible to pump oil into the two built-in oil tanks beneath the generators, from 5 gallon buckets on the swim platform. Similarly, it is possible to draw used oil from the engines and pump it directly to the swim step fitting, where it can be placed into 5 gallon buckets and taken directly ashore. It is a great boon to not have to carry oil through the boat when doing the changes. The engine, generators, and transmission are all hooked up to this system, and the two built-in oil tanks can be used for new or old oil. The current owner only carries new oil in those tanks, choosing to remove old oil from the boat rather than store it.

Deck Lighting

A variety of external lighting is available, ranging from low level courtesy lights, through ceiling-mounted diffused lights, to spotlights and spreader lights.

Large Frameless Windows with Privacy Shading

On the aft, port, and starboard sides of the house are large frameless windows. They incorporate a privacy glass feature, making it easy to see out, but difficult to see in. The privacy feature also reduced the heat load from sunlight entering through the windows.

Port-side climb-around

The manufacturer has made it possible to climb around the port side of the boat, despite the asymmetric deck house. This is very useful for cleaning and inspecting the port side, and is not possible on many other asymmetric boats.

High Coamings

The current owner has young children, and Sea Spirit's high coamings are an attractive safety feature. This is also useful when reaching overboard to pick up mooring buoys, something which the current owner does from the pilothouse gate rather than the bow.

Recreational foredeck

A favorite resting and relaxing place is the foredeck, which is sufficiently clear of clutter to allow recreational use. There are two large sunning cushions, as well as a teak seat at the bow. There is storage beneath the foredeck seating cushions.

Portuguese Bridge

In addition to being a very protected place from which to keep lookout, the portuguese bridge provides a wonderful staging area for fenders, lines, and so on.

Smokestack Barbecue

Although Sea Spirit has a wet exhaust system, there is a smoke stack on the upper deck, containing a large amount of storage, as well as a home-size barbecue grill. The current owner stores propane and gasoline in one stack compartment, an 8 person Revere Offshore Elite liferaft in another, and various other items in a tall compartment at the back of the stack. The large stack doors provide some wind protection for the barbecue. Next to the stack is a fold-up table for food preparation. A sink and icemaker are also available on the forward area of the flybridge.

Dinghy and removable chocks

Sea Spirit's dinghy is a Zodiac Pro Runner 420, powered by a 50 horsepower Yamaha outboard. This has proven to be a very versatile tender and sport boat, and is fitted with a Garmin GPS and depth finder, and a bimini top. The dinghy is attached to the boat deck atop custom fitted chocks, mounted on removable studs so that there are no toe-kickers left behind when the dinghy is in the water. The chocks themselves are also removable, with storage underneath the davit. A stainless steel 4-point hoist cable is also aboard.


The 1,600 lb Brower davit is well matched to the boat and dinghy (which only weighs a little over half that amount). The davit is hydraulic, but has its own electrically powered hydraulic pump, so that the main engine does not need to be running to use it. Raising and lowering the dinghy is a quiet affair. There are also two Hobie tandem kayaks aboard, and the davit is used to raise and lower them too.

Flybridge Seating

There is a large L-shaped seating area and dining table on the flybridge, as well as a double-wide seat next to the Llebroc helm chair.

Flybridge instrumentation

A complete set of instrumentation is present at the flybridge helm, including full control of engine, thrusters, anchor windlass, and spotlight. One of three Garmin 5212 chart plotters is located here, along with an autopilot controller and two Icom VHF radio CommandMic microphone/speakers. Various alarms and sensors from the wheelhouse helm are also repeated on the flybridge.

Wheelhouse and Instrumentation

The wheelhouse (pilothouse) is immense in size, and embraces the helmsman in the finest teak woodwork, as well as a Stidd helm chair. Instrumentation includes two of three Garmin 5212 chart plotters, twin GMI-10 instrument readouts that can display virtually any data available, and which the current owner devotes to wind and depth information, as well as all the usual controls. The get-home engine is also completely proportionally controllable from the wheelhouse (no need to go to the engine room to engage or control). A Garmin autopilot is present, along with a wireless remote control.

A YachtController also provides wireless remote control of the boat's transmission, thrusters, and anchor windlass, allowing docking to be conducted from any and all viewpoints. This has proven very useful to the current owner, although prudence dictates that the helmsman must always be able to reach the built-in controls in short order.

A Garmin AIS600 AIS system provides positional safety information about Sea Spirit and other boats, and displays its information on the chart plotters. The Garmin 404 radar system can also overlay onto any of the chart plotters, and has a MARPA function for acquiring and providing data on moving targets.

There is XM weather and radio aboard, and this information is also available on the chart plotters. When using the Garmin G2 Vision chart data cards, the chart plotters provide 2D and 3D perspective views of the surrounding area, as well as arial photos of many marinas, and interesting data such as their phone numbers and radio hailing channels.

A Garmin/airmar depth, temperature, and ultrasonic (no cleaning) speed-thru-water system is in place, feeding the chart plotters too.

An Airmar PB-200 ultrasonic (no moving parts) wind and weather sensor sits atop the mast, and feeds wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, and air temperature as well as GPS heading and position data to the chart plotters.

Each stateroom also has a Garmin GMI-10 that can be set up to show various information about the boat. The current owner sets them up to show distance and bearing from the anchor, wind speed and direction, and depth. Thus, by opening just one eye, the current owner is able to check on the situation of the boat while at anchor, aiding a good night's sleep.

In addition to the two Icom IC-M604 VHF radios, there is an Icom IC-M802 SSB radio and AT-140 antenna tuner aboard. These receive GPS information from the chart plotters, and can transmit the boat's current position in an emergency.

The engine controls are ZF Electronic, with a single lever for both transmission and throttle.

Bow and stern thrusters are 24 and 48 volts, respectively, from Side Power. While one can quibble about whether hydraulic or electric thrusters are better, these have proven both powerful and durable, and have served the current owner well. Their battery banks are tied in (via a switch, so that they can be isolated) to the house battery bank, doubling their capacity, and delaying any tendency to lose power over time. When at anchor, the thruster batteries double the house battery capacity, extending the time between generator runs.

The wheelhouse is also home to a large table and l-shaped seating area, with two additional built-in stools that increase its capacity to around 8 people. There is substantial storage beneath both the table and seats, all of which are elevated for better views out the windows.

Red overhead lighting is available for night vision retention, and the entire wheelhouse can be closed off from the salon via a teak door.

Day Head and Storage Locker

On the main level between salon and wheelhouse is a day head with sink and large behind-mirror storage. A "secret" storage locker is also in the day head ceiling. Forward of the day head is a vented "wet storage" hanging locker for jackets and umbrellas.

All three heads have electric push-button flushing for convenience, and for saving water. Additionally, the day head and the master head have a Toto Washlet toilet seat, which provides the same functions as a bidet, reducing toilet paper usage for those so inclined. For those for whom this might seem just a little too modern, the Toto Washlet removes with two bolts leaving no marks, and a regular toilet seat can be substituted.


The galley avoids the use of overhead cupboards between it and the salon, ensuring full eye contact with the whole room, and increasing the spacious feel. Additional galley storage is provided along the starboard side of the salon, in several built-in cupboards and drawers. The galley contains a double sink, in-sink garbage disposal, dishwasher, trash compacter, oven, 4 burner electric cooktop, microwave/convection oven, and fridge/freezer with ice maker. There is under-sink storage with a built-in ultra-violet sanitizer for water going to the ice maker. Countertops are granite, with a built-in soap dispenser. Numerous electrical outlets were added for dealing with bread makers, blenders, kettles, cappuccino makers, and so on. There are also two tall pantry drawers that run from bottom to top of the fridge down the right hand side of the galley. A serving bar joins the galley to the salon. The current owner has an electric piano beneath the serving bar, which therefore gets used as part of the galley work service. But if the piano were relocated, tall bar chairs could be positioned there, turning that surface into a dining table. Two such chairs are currently in storage ashore.


The asymmetric deck house provides for an extremely wide salon and galley area, running almost the full width of the boat. Present in the salon are a sofa and end tables, an electric piano (which can be removed), a dining table (also removable), and built in teak cupboard and drawer cabinetry. A corner desk area is also present, with Weems and Plath instrumentation. Electrical outlets are numerous. A 32 inch flat screen TV rises electrically from the teak cabinets, and an AppleTV unit can display television content from the Internet or from an iTunes server on an owner's or guest's PC or Macintosh. Wooden shutter blinds are present on all of the large windows, providing additional privacy if desired.

As a replacement for the current dining room table and chairs, a beautiful teak coffee table is available. It is stored ashore at the moment.


The manufacturer has made extensive use of hand-picked teak veneers throughout the boat, and teak and holly engineered flooring is also used throughout. There are many curves and inlays in the woodwork, and the edge-banding is exquisite.

Passageway to Staterooms

A curved staircase leads from the wheelhouse down to the staterooms. These passageway areas allow access to many tankage and sump areas, and has both overhead and incidental lighting. An Asko combination washer/dryer is installed, and unlike some other models, the drying happens fairly quickly. For some people, having a separate washer/dryer is a must, and space has been provided for separate units. However, the space that would be used for a second unit is currently used as a VIP cabin closet, which would be lost or reduced in size if a second washer/dryer unit were to be installed.

Guest Staterooms

There are two guest staterooms. The VIP cabin is forward, with substantial under-bed storage, and an overhead exit hatch (screened, for ventilation without insects). The bed is a queen size, with port and starboard steps up from the floor to ease entry and exit. The guest bathroom and shower is en-suite to the VIP cabin, but there is an additional entry door from the passageway, so that the other guest bedroom occupants can access the same bathroom. All staterooms also have portholes that can be opened and closed, and that have insect screens. The cross flow of air is well assured.

The non-VIP guest cabin is amidships, behind the guest bathroom, and consists of two bunks, a desk/table, a large hanging closet, and bookshelves.

Master Stateroom

The master is amidships, between the other cabins and the engine room. One of two engine room access points is through the master cabin (the other being through the lazarette). The master is full beam, with openable screened portholes on both sides. An additional porthole is in the master bathroom cabinet, increasing air flow there. A large queen bed with large storage areas is to be found here, along with a couch and end tables. A clothes folding table and drawers are opposite. The current owners sleep an additional child in a custom-made bunk above the couch. This can easily be removed if not needed, and is held in place by gravity (no bolts).

Engine Room

The engine room is like an operating theater, with everything laid out neatly, and important items presented clearly for inspection. Over 2100 gallons of fuel is stored in the large port/starboard/day tanks, with sight gauges telling their current situation at a glance. Hydraulic stabilizers powered by the main engine are present, with 9 square foot fins, complete with kelp cutters. As a result of the hull shape, which is soft enough to roll gently, but not so round that it rolls like some other brands of trawlers, the use of stabilizers is optional. There have been several runs where the current owner has simply forgotten to take them out of standby mode, and they were not needed. However, when facing a moderate beam sea, they are well used, and do their job quietly and without fuss.

The main engine is a 340HP Lugger L1276A2, and is continuous-rated. The transmission feeds through an aqua-drive anti-vibration coupling to a dripless shaft seal, which leads to the running gear. The propellor is preceded by a razor line cutter, and both prop and rudder are protected by the keel and shoe.

Behind the engine are the two Northern Lights generators (16kw and 20kw), either or both of which can power the get-home drive (with everything initiated and controlled from the wheelhouse).

The separated exhaust flows are to starboard, with CruisAir chilled water air conditioner systems to port, behind the gensets. The advantage of chilled water air conditioners is that the boat continues to smell fresh and clean, even if something smelly is happening in, for example, a bathroom. The chilled water system is also great for adding additional air handlers. For example, it would be an easy matter to add an air handler if one decided to enclose the flybridge or aft cockpit, since the chilled water tubes require much smaller holes than ductwork would require.

Fuel polishing from anywhere to anywhere is accomplished with a Reverso polishing pump, which has been modified to include a plumbed in and wired in spare pump. Racor fuel filters are used ahead of all engines, and also by the polisher. Gauges are provided to monitor the state of the filters.

Two 10 gallon per minute fresh water Headhunter pumps are present in the engine room too, feeding from the 400 gallon fresh water tank under the master bed.

10 Rule bilge pumps stand ready to deal with any water incursion, but really only see action when water is spilt while changing filters, cleaning strainers, and so on.


Aft of the engine room, and beneath the aft deck, one finds the lazarette. In this space are various electrical items such as the dual Charles IsoBoost transformers, that can automatically boost shore voltage by 15% if the voltage gets too low. The 4 kilowatt Xantrax inverter/charger is also located here, as is the water heater and davit hydraulic pump. An 1,800 gallon per day (75 gallon per hour) Sea Recovery watermaker is here too, and can be remotely controlled from the wheelhouse. As full as it sounds, there is still a lot of space in the lazarette. A ladder and large hatch lead to the aft deck.

Bulbous bow and performance

The boat's bulbous bow apparently helps the boat reach its top calm-water speed of between 10.8 and 11 knots (depending on fuel load). A more common speed for the current owner is 9.5 knots at about 9 GPH in moderate seas, or 8 knots at about 4.5 GPH. The boat consumes only 2 GPH at 7 knots in calm seas, but there are limits to the current owner's patience. The get-home drive pushes the boat forward at around 4.5 knots in calm water -- enough to maintain steerage and headway toward a port.

Put another way, in a 12 hour daylight window, Sea Spirit can be pushed to 132 nautical miles of distance before nightfall, and is comfortable at 114 nautical miles. This substantial daylight range is one of the boat's strongest features.


Dr. Arthur Kirk 1/12/2012
SeaKits has changed its name to WheelHouse Technologies
Winter 2011: Training from Lauderdale to Georgetown and back!