The perfect balance of weight and strength, without the threat of water intrusion.

We’ve got some great news about the construction strategy of our 46RK, which is an exciting course change for us!  This is not just another pretty boat.

Recently we’ve begun to resin-infuse the underwater portion of our 46RK hull. It’s an exciting departure for us. The below-the-waterline fiberglass layup now has no foam coring and no Coremat. What we’re gaining by this process is a very strong and light layup that will never suffer from water permeation into a core material.

With resin infusion, resin-to-glass ratios can be more accurately controlled. The result is an ultra-strong, yet light hull, not burdened by the weight of excess resin, and not vulnerable to water intrusion into the laminate. While perhaps not as light as hulls built with resin infusion and coring, we feel our hull is the perfect balance of weight and strength, without the threat of water intrusion into the layup.

Below-the-waterline layup begins with isothalic gelcoat, followed by a vinylester skin coat that acts as a moisture barrier. Then two plies of carbon fiber cloth are added and are followed by 18 plies of biaxial E glass. Finally, two plies of carbon fiber cloth are added to finish the hull.

Topsides laminations are hand-laid and composed of isothalic gelcoat followed by a vinylester skin coat. After the skin coat, we add four plies of biaxial E- glass, then ½” of PVC (Divinycell) foam. The foam is covered with four plies of biaxial E-glass. Resin for the layup is blended polyester.

While resin infusion is a more costly process than hand layup, we believe it produces a stronger and lighter hull.

Come to the Annapolis Sailboat Show, October 9-13, and take a tour of our first resin-infused Seaward 46RK! We’ll be happy to talk about the process when we see you there. ~ Nick Hake

Prize-Winning 32RK Owner Sets Sails to Benefit Special Olympics

By Phil Peterson

“Last month, we raced Sweeta, our Seaward 32RK in the Bash to the Colonies Regatta – a benefit for the South Dakota Special Olympics, the biggest event of the year at the Lewis & Clark Marina in Yankton, SD. This year there were 40 boats in the race. We have been lucky to win our class in the regatta the first three years we competed, and a total of six times since we’ve begun sailing in the regatta. The years we didn’t place first, we were second in our class. In the second Bash we finished second overall on corrected time, and in the most recent race, we finished first overall on corrected time.

We bought our first 26RK in 2009, traded it for Beauteous, a 32RK in 2010, followed by another 32RK, Sweeta in 2013. The boats all sailed very well – everyone says my PHRF needs to be changed! In heavy air, the Seaward really excels! And, everyone says that they are the best looking boats in the marina.”

Phil caught the sailing bug when he was in his 30’s when he was invited by a neighbor to sail a 12’ board boat. Two weeks later, he owned his first boat, a Barnett Butterfly. He went from it to a Chrysler Buccaneer, then to a Flying Scott, then to an O’Day 192, and finally to a Precision 21 before falling for a Seaward 26RK. “I just fell for her like you fall for a pretty girl,” Phil says.

“The first real race we were in was with the 26RK in an early Bash to the Colonies Regatta. There were nine boats in our division and we won it going away, passing much bigger boats on the way to the finish line. We really didn’t know anything. Our secret weapon was to keep our eyes closed at all times,” he revealed with a grin.

On the topic of secret weapons, Phil notes that he has one other edge, his son and crewmember Paul, who honed his sailing skills on the little boats the Petersons owned over the years. “We don’t know what we’re doing half the time,” Phil says, “but we have great time together.”

Eventually, Phil, at 6’4”, succumbed to the “bigger-is-better” urge and traded in the 26RK for a new 32RK, mostly to get more headroom. After about three years with the 32RK, Phil and Pat wanted to add some custom features to their boat, and again traded their old boat in, this time for a new 32RK with the custom features they wanted.

Of the latest Bash to the Colonies Regatta, Phil says, “We were passing the big boats, the ones that win most of the races we don’t compete in – Hunter 32 and 33’s and Catalinas.  They’re rockets and really can go. We, however, were particularly dominating upwind, and in big air. We owe a lot to the latest skeg and rudder design on the new 32RK.  We have a real advantage over other boats in our fleet.”

Phil and Pat don’t depend on any custom go-fast sails, relying on the 135 roller-furled genny and full battened mainsail that came with their boat. “We don’t even use a whisker pole,” Phil notes. They think of their boat as a weekend cottage more than as a racing boat, and spend most weekends aboard.