The line drawing of the SC47 cockpit deck is quite deceiving. At first glance, it doesn’t seem too unusual, but after you study it for a moment, different aspects begin to materialize. First is a rather large swim platform. That’s nothing new, particularly in a boat this size. So let’s move in the starboard side walkthrough. Immediately you notice that you are under the coupe roof. Most coupes in this class do not extend this far back.What this means is that there is no part of the cockpit that is not protected, and if you live in a northern latitude – such as the U.K. – you can button up the aft end of the cockpit with cruising canvas quite easily.
Now we have a very large C-shaped lounger to port with a removable table. This type of seating isn’t innovative, but in this instance the size is. Also, the aft facing section is reclined for relaxed aft-viewing or reading a book at leisure. Directly across is a bench sofa, again for either a comfortable gathering on deck with everyone facing each other in conversation or for sprawling out for viewing astern and napping. Slightly forward, is the staple of on-deck entertaining – a galley-up. Now we’re cooking, and eating out. That’s a prime recipe for enjoying the SC47.
The helm seating is double-wide so not only does the captain not have to be alone, but there is a second set of eyes watching out the large panoramic windows for traffic. Above it all, is a massive retractable canvas sunroof. Cable driven, the sunroof retracts with either a manual or optional electrically driven operating system. This turns the cockpit into a sun-worshippers dreamboat because the babes can lay out while underway in complete safety and stay warm, too.
The saloon of the SC47 is very open and roomy. Thanks to the hull design, which was made to accommodate either Volvo’s IPS or Cummins’ Zeus drives, there was plenty of room to create a full-beam master mid cabin and a VIP forward -- both with ensuite heads with separate shower stalls. Thank you very much.
As you descend the companionway, a good-sized settee/dinette lies to starboard and to port, a second galley. There will be no stooping in this saloon with its 6’5” (1.9 m) of headroom.
The settee has a hi/low folding table that allows for sitting, dining or converting to an additional berth. As if the overhead skylights were not letting in enough light, portlights to either side allow even more light to enter. Wood choices are either walnut or oak with upholstery color choices to highlight your wood selection. Over to port is the second galley which is nicely equipped with cabinetry constructed using carefully matched wood grains. We’d like to see the addition of fiddles and handrails around the counterwork and perhaps an overhead rail for safety in a seaway. On the forward bulkhead is a 26’ (7.92 m) flat screen TV mounted on a hinged support to allow viewing from the starboard settee. We do have to question mounting the microwave so low. Such a much-used appliance might be better in one of the upper cabinets for easier access.
Moving aft through the portside entryway, reveals the full-beam master. A stateroom this size, in this location, can only be achieved with the installation of pod drives that take up so little engine room space. Therein lies the difference in a boat that is designed around pods and a boat that has a conventional hull with pods installed.
The master is beautifully appointed with an island berth that contains the usual storage underneath. Nightstands to either side add more storage, and to starboard is a chaise lounge or bench seat or bed. Natural light enters both from port and starboard portlights. We’d like to see the side portlights mounted a bit lower in the hull for no reason other than to aid in enjoying the view while relaxing on the chaise. To port is the ensuite head.
Guests will certainly feel comfortable in the VIP stateroom. We’re always happy to see when a builder takes advantage of the dead space above the portlights for adding cabinet storage and here it’s used quite nicely with the same quality woodwork we’ve seen in the main saloon. As with the rest of the lower deck, Sealine never seems to be content with “some” natural light and feels the need to add more. In this instance, not only are there lengthy portlights to both sides of the berth, but the required overhead hatch as well. The hatch also serves as an emergency egress.
We think Sealine did a great job with the layout of the SC47. It’s hard not to look at this boat and imagine the cruising and entertaining potential. Not only will she handle a crowd well for the day, but two to three couples will be equally at home at night when visiting distant ports. Both short term cruises and weekends away from the busy office lifestyle are just a matter of fuel and casting off the dock lines. The possibilities are there for the taking.
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