56' Aluminium cutter, Antarctica, Patagonia and South Georgia
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The Yacht

S/V Seal

Seal has a pivoting, ballasted centerboard for safety and ease of maneuvering in shallow areas and marginally charted regions. Both the rudder and keel lock down at sea, but when unlocked in coastal areas they can be lifted mechanically or will "kick up" in an unforseen grounding. Because they both pivot, rather than being permanently fixed or (even more vulnerable) lifting straight up into the hull, the chances of damaging the keel or rudder in an accidental grounding are greatly reduced. Seal is the first high latitude cruising boat to ever be successfully fitted with a kick-up rudder. We hit an uncharted ledge at 8 knots, and the rudder kicked up without even losing any paint. Most boats would have lost their rudders in a similar hit. "The strongest boat we've ever built" -- Kanter Yachts


The interior is divided into five cabins, with enough double and single bunks to suit any combination of couples, singles or families. The forward cabins have work desks and all cabins have 120 VAC/60 Hz power for your laptops and charging equipment. (Nearly all 240 VAC laptops and video chargers, etc. will also run off 120 VAC. 240 VAC/50 Hz power is available at the charging station for cell phones, battery chargers, etc.) Heat is provided throughout the boat by a radiator system driven off a reliable Refleks heater - these heaters can be completely filled with water and be running again in 15 minutes ... unlike most yacht heaters which stop working if any moisture creeps into the exhaust. (The hot water heater also runs off the Refleks, so hot showers are available at any time, unlike most yachts where the heater is plumbed to the engine and is only available while underway or immediately after.) We have an extensive library with emphasis on high latitude regions: histories, biographies, natural history, field guides, etc. Music: CDs (incl MP3 & WMA), IPOD ready, cassettes. There are several large bays down below to store your bulky expedition equipment - skis, pulks, climbing gear, or research equipment. Each cabin has numerous lockers for smaller items. We find that most of our guests who have cruised on sailboats before find SEAL to be an exceptionally comfortable boat. Heat, hot showers, real-food meals, and dry comfortable cabins come as a welcome surprise. For our guests with limited sailboat experience, SEAL may be a bit more like camping than you might expect on an Antarctic "cruise." If creature comforts are the most important thing on your list, you may be happier on a cruise ship, but if time ashore and an intimate experience with the wildlife and specatacular scenery is what you value, you may find that sharing a cabin, washing a few dishes, and being truely part of an expedition are worth a bit of "roughing it."

I must tell you that the trip met and exceeded my expectation! I want to thank you and Hamish for giving me so much helm time and showing confidence in my abilities to keep Seal under control. I learned so much under your watch and will be forever thankful. I'm sure I will be a better sailor because of it. Oh, thanks for letting go swimming!

"I have no hesitation recommending SEAL cruises to any of our Offshore Sailing School graduates, based on my wonderful experience cruising around Cape Horn and along the Beagle Channel in January, 2007. I know a well built boat when I see one and would feel safe in SEAL in any conditions anywhere in the world. Having sailed my own boat in the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race storm when 15 sailors lost their lives, I feel myself qualified to make that statement. Plus, I found that Hamish and I share the same commonsense approach to sailing seamanship (like the lack of value of storm trysails). Hamish and Kate have found a way to make a potentially dangerous sailing experience both safe and fun. Go for it."

The crew

Hamish has spent 14 years working in remote regions. He first sailed to Antarctica in 1988, and spent six years as the full time skipper of Pelagic, one of the pioneering charter yachts in the region. He's skippered expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn. In addition, he's sailed on several superyachts to Antarctica as the "Ice Pilot" for filming and touring expeditions.
He holds an Ocean Yachtmaster Commercial certificate.

Kate has crewed on a many different boats, from a square topsail schooner to whale watching boats, sailed as a foredeck hand in the Southern Ocean, and spent many seasons singlehanding a 28-footer on the coast of Maine. She met Hamish on a trip to Antarctica. She holds a USCG 100 ton master's license and a Yachtmaster certificate.

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17 m


47' 3.5"

14.9 m



4.9 m

Draft keel down


2.7 m

Draft keel up


0.97 m


27.5 tons

24.9 m tons

Sail Area

1550 sq ft

144 sq m


21460 pounds

9734 kg


9760 pounds

4427 kg


11700 pounds

5307 kg

Mast from deck IM


21.4 m


547 US gallons

2070 l


53 US gallons

200 l


402 gallons

1525 l


80 pounds

36.3 kg


Cummins 6B5.9M

115 HP

DC Genset

Yanmar 2GM20

140 Amps/24 VDC


8 people for

100 days

Range under power

2500 naut miles

4630 km