As for the C48’s interior, it doesn’t conjure up images of sipping a hot rum while reading Melville, which is not to say she isn’t cozy — she is. But you may be more at home with a dry martini and the latest edition of The Economist on this boat.
In the salon, the first thing you’ll notice is the brightness and unmatched 360-degree sight lines throughout, helm included. A sunroof with blind, combined with numerous windows, creates a flood of light to make the space feel airy and inviting. The split-level arrangement in the salon hosts two C-shape seating areas, which are great spots for after-dinner conversation. An elevated helm is appointed with custom seats fabricated by Sealine. The leather coachwork is impeccable and is comparable to what you find in a Rolls-Royce or Bentley.
An electronically controlled sliding roof in the salon’s overhead allows light in when it’s closed, and fresh air in when it’s open. Thanks to the awful weather conditions, I was able to experience only briefly the roof in the open position, but my decibel readings showed the noise level was lower with the roof opened rather than closed.
Down below, there is a navigation area with lounge to starboard. This space can also be configured as a private cabin, making for a total of three enclosed staterooms. Our test version was open and came equipped with two pocket curtains on the off chance you’d spontaneously need a third cabin. The nav desk folds up and out of the way, giving the galley’s boss plenty of room to relax while keeping an eye on operations. The galley is practical, with a three-burner electric stove and a nifty drawer-style microwave below. A built-in sliding utensil drawer adds to the smart configuration, and there is enough stowage for extended voyaging.
There are two heads on board (important for comfortable cruising with guests) with some nice extra features, such as a hand-held shower and a rain shower fixture.
The master cabin, located aft, has full headroom for half of its length, as well as full-length windows, each combined with an opening port, which helps to keep the cabin bright and the air flowing. This same effect is found in the forward cabin, thanks to the opening skylight and two large opening ports.
A new philosophy clearly is afoot at Sealine, one that centers on ease and comfort. It starts with the Volvo Penta IPS system and extends throughout the C48’s interior appointments. Add her ability as a true no-canvas, turnkey, all-weather boat and it’s clear that this British invasion is one to celebrate.
Displ.: 33,000 lb.
Fuel: 396 gal.
Water: 133 gal.
Deadrise: 18.5 degrees
Engines (tested): 2 x 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels
Base Price: $1,226,109
Price (as tested): $1,419,308
Test Conditions: Two-way average speeds were measured by GPS off Southampton, England, by the builder, with a short chop, a 13-knot wind, a 1/2 load of fuel, no water and three persons on board. Fuel consumption data was provided by Sealine. Sound levels were measured at the helm.
Sealine Yachts America, 954-534-7949; sealine.com