What could you do with a seaworthy 24-foot Downeast boat that offers a forward cabin with bunks and a head, an open pilothouse with roll-down spray curtains, and a large cockpit? Suppose she fished and cruised efficiently with only a 115-hp outboard? Consider Seaway’s classically lovely 24 Hardtop Sport. The cabin, pilothouse, and cockpit are simple but endlessly adaptable. Since her beam is 8’6”, you can tow her to special places behind a compact V-6 pickup, without special permits.
Sounds like a pocket cruiser with overnight capabilities for a couple who likes to camp, doesn’t she? How about a ten-month, 6,904-mile “camping trip” around eastern North America’s Great Loop. That’s where Capt. Steve Spencer and his wife, Libbey Siegars, of Whitefield, Maine cruised their Laughing Gull from mid-August of 2015 through mid-May of 2016. Want to hear more? They kept a well-illustrated blog that you can read under “News and Shows” at www.seawayboats.com. The blog offers all that a prospective buyer would want to know about the nuts and bolts of cruising this boat, from performance and efficiency to food storage and recipes for meals aboard.
In addition, understand that Seaway’s 24 Hardtop Sport is indeed a great day-boat. Steve Spencer, who’s retired from Maine’s Bureau of Lands and Parks, is intimately familiar with his state’s coast, islands, and bays. He’s also a keen angler. When not on vacation, he charters Laughing Gull for bird watching, whale watching, lighthouse tours, fishing, and picnics along the Maine coast (www.lgboatcharters.com). For those tours, he has devised seating and storage that allows him to carry up to six clients with that faithful 115-hp four-stroke and a 9.9-hp “kicker”. That’s serious versatility! Tell us again, what uses could you put a boat like this to?