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Seaton Yachts and Burger Boat Company Announce Development of Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three

Seaton Yachts from Newport, RI, USA is pleased to announce plans to develop and market with Burger Boat Company the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three. Seaton has chosen Burger to build the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three to ICE CLASS 1D standards at Burger's shipyard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA. Burger's efficient state-of-the-art shipyard, superior old-world craftsmanship and renowned reliability along with Seaton's design, create a truly exceptional offering to be built in the heartland of America.

If Newport is the center of the yachting world, Newport Shipyard is its epicenter, with dockage, repair, and construction facilities suited to yachts of all sizes.

Jim Ruffolo, President of Burger Boat Company said, "This is an exceptional design and we are very excited to be the builder of choice. It is a natural fit for Burger and we look forward to building this extraordinary yacht."

John Clayman, President of Seaton Yachts said, "We are very excited about this project and look forward to working with Burger to build this yacht at America's premier shipyard."

The Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three is designed for unlimited ocean service, with the range to cross any ocean at 10 to 12 knots. Commercially-rated diesel engines provide redundancy and safety for extended cruising in remote areas. With twin engines, bow and stern thrusters, and hydraulic mooring capstans, the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three is an exceptional seaworthy, long range yacht that is easy to maneuver.

The Eighty-Three tri-deck configuration will be elegantly finished with an astonishing amount of living space. Designed to be operated and maintained solely by the owner, the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three offers self-contained crew quarters for owners choosing to have crew.

The main deck will feature full walk-around side decks and high, solid bulwarks, providing on-deck protection and security in any sea conditions. Watertight exterior doors, heavy-duty windows, and big-ship features such as automatic tank vent closures are all part of a motor vessel designed for ocean travel. She is designed and built for extended life aboard at sea, at anchor, or dockside.

The foredeck houses a large primary tender and a small flotilla of waterborne toys and shore-going necessities such as motorbikes. All can be launched from either side using the high-capacity hydraulic foredeck crane.

The Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three will undergo extended sea trials prior to delivery, along with comprehensive training for the owners regarding operation of the ship and her systems. When delivered, the yacht will be "bring your toothbrush complete" and ready to go cruising.

Carefully engineered, thoughtfully equipped, and beautifully finished, the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three is a big boat for cruisers with big plans.

The 3D Color Renderings of the Seaton Voyager Seventy are online.  Please visit the Seaton Voyager Seventy Long Range Cruising Trawler Yacht page to view renderings, specifications and complete details.

Seaton Yachts Opens Newport Office

The main office of Seaton Yachts is now open at Newport Shipyard in Newport, RI.  Newport Shipyard is one of the most historic maritime sites in the US, having been a functional shipyard serving military, commercial, and pleasure boat fleets for more than 170 years.

If Newport is the center of the yachting world, Newport Shipyard is its epicenter, with dockage, repair, and construction facilities suited to yachts of all sizes.

When you visit Newport, please stop in to visit us.  We'll be glad to bring you up to date on our current projects, as well as proudly show you some of the designs of Stephen R. Seaton.  Whether you're looking for a custom expedition yacht for world cruising or a fast, efficient coastal cruising production boat, Seaton Yachts has design for you.

You may think we just build yachts, but we're actually in the business of fulfilling dreams.  Let us help you make your dreams come true!

Seaton Yachts maintains design and project development offices in Ocala and Vero Beach, Florida.

Seaton Yachts Unveils New Project

In June, 2006, Seaton Yachts introduced their latest project, the Seaton Expedition Seventy-Eight.  View the Expedition Seventy Eight drawings and specifications

Seaton Yachts' Nick Nicholson Winning Navigator in June 2006 Newport to Bermuda Centennial Race

"Temptress and Four Stars Take Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophies"
by Laurie Fullerton -

Hamilton, Bermuda The long wait is nearly over for many among the 263- fleet participating in the Newport Bermuda Centennial race. With over 200 yachts reaching the finish over the last 24 hours, the provisional winners are eyeing up the coveted Gibbs Hill and St. David's Lighthouse Trophies. The man with most anticipation is Dr. Richard Shulman from Barrington, Rhode Island, whose lifelong dream of winning the Lighthouse trophy finally looks set to become reality.

Dr Richard Shulman's Temptress

His IMX 45 Temptress, not only heads her class but the entire professional ORR section of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division racing for the ORR Gibbs Hill Lighthouse trophy including Hap Fauth's line honors victor Bella Mente. "We knew we had a good shot at winning this race as soon as we saw the kind of weather we would have," said Shulman today, adding. "I have one of the greatest crews who have been sailing with me for many years, and we have a boat that is extremely fast in light airs."

The Temptress team has been regular competitors in this race since the 1980s in three different boats named Temptress and have come close to winning several times. In 1994, they missed out on an overall win by just 3 minutes 40 seconds. Nick Nicholson, Shulman's veteran navigator from Newport, Rhode Island was just as ecstatic. "This is big, both individually and collectively. We all wanted this." Both men are members of the Cruising Club of America and involved in the organizational aspects of this race, with Shulman chairman of participation and Nicholson standing as vice-chairman of this race.

"We like light air sailing and have a depth of knowledge here. Our tactician is Jack Slattery from Marblehead and he made some fantastic calls. When we were in the Gulf Stream and watching the forecast, given our position within the fleet, we knew we had a shot." Nicholson added.

Shulman put their victory down to a last minute change of plan. "We had intended to head out east of the rhumb line but in the end we went west. We listened to the experts telling us that it would be best to go east, but the data they presented suggested that the westerly option through the Gulf Stream was best."

For more than 300 miles, Shulman's Temptress was within hailing distance of Clayton Deutsch's larger 68ft Swan Chippewa, and the two were still trading tacks close to the finish. "It was great to wake up each morning to see a larger mast nearby." Shulman joked.

The Newport Bermuda race is a right of passage for many ocean sailors ranging from the Governor of Bermuda to British heroine Dee Carraffa who on May 18 became the first yachtsman in history to successfully complete a solo circumnavigation west to east.

"I will not easily forget getting a lesson in winch dismantling in the middle of the Gulf Stream, or for that matter cleaning my teeth in the dark with Savalon antiseptic cream instead of toothpaste!," noted Sir John Vereker, Governor of Bermuda who sailed aboard Colin Couper's Swan 46 Babe. "Altogether, we thoroughly enjoyed the race. We may have fallen into a hole without breeze after the Gulf Stream, but it was enormous fun and a great experience."

Carraffa sailed her first Newport to Bermuda race this year as navigator aboard Pindar Alphagraphics which included sailing journalists, corporate guests and world class sailors. While the Pindar Alphagraphics crew sailed a disappointing race, Carraffa said she welcomed the challenge of navigating for a large team, particularly after months at sea on her own.

"This race is an opportunity for us to develop key members of our crew," said Carraffa who just broke the female solo-sailing record from west to east this year. "Lots of variable conditions made it challenging for all of us, especially in a boat like the Volvo 60 which is designed for heavy air and downwind conditions."

The Newport Bermuda race has always been known for its innovation and boat design is key to sailing well.

For first over the line finisher Hap Fauth, he credits his designer and boat modifications on his Judel Vroljk Bella Mente in part for the win.

"I would have loved to have been in the money for the Gibbs Hill Division and the number one satisfaction is taking a relatively small boat and winning," said Fauth. "We are content with the first to finish honors and that is a thrill that lasts forever."

- Laurie Fullerton