48′ Westergard Tancook Schooner
“These boats are built to last. They have keels of mountain gormier, stems and sternposts of white cedar from Bequia garboards and sheerstrakes of angelique, planking of 1 ¾” Alaska(n) yellow cedar…stringers, clamps and shelves are of angelique. Knees are hacmatack from Nova Scotia…trunnel-fastened sawn frames of osage orange with hefty steam bent white oak frames in between..The floors are custom cast bronze. All fastenings, except for the trunnels are bronze…I can honestly say you can’t build ‘em any stronger.” Tom Gallant, Woodenboat Magazine
The 48’ Lunenburg built schooner Martha Seabury is, as any boat that traces its lineage to the working schooners of the Atlantic coast of Canada and New England should be, handsome, stoutly built, well-proportioned and seaworthy. As Tom Gallant notes what’s exceptional about her is that, built new in 2013 from only the best materials, she’s ready for decades of trouble-free sailing before she’ll need any significant maintenance.
Martha Seabury and her sistership (also for sale listing coming soon) are the product of the joint vision of Picton Castle captain and Lunenburg Dory shop owner Dan Moreland and Nova Scotian designer/builder Dave Westergard. They were built on spec, side-by -side outside the Lunenburg Dory shop over the winter of 2012 to showcase the talent of the local traditional boatbuilding craftsman and the project was by all accounts a success.
Moreland and Westerguard promptly found a buyer for one of the schooners in Hollywood actor, part time Lunenburg resident and Picton Castle regular Billy Campbell. Campbell named her the Martha Seabury after his grandmother and she was rigged, finished off with a simple interior and systems package and has been cruising New England and Canadian Maritimes since.
With her quarterbits, dead eyes and lanyards, exterior chainplates, and tasteful two-tone topsides paint job, Martha Seabury’s work boat roots are immediately evident. Her beautiful, sprung, nibbed Ipe deck, custom bronze hardware and gorgeous lapstrake tender signify her as a yacht. She has a Tancook rig, a Nova Scotian variation of the schooner rig with a distinctly taller main mast, no topmasts, high peaked gaffs, a proportionally shorter bowsprit and single headsail. It’s more manageable short handed and a bit more efficient upwind, perfect for a small cruising schooner. She carries 3 lowers a gaff main, loose-footed gaff fore and club jib and fisherman, all beautiful tanbark sails from the local Lunenburg loft.
Her interior is minimalist and open plan and her systems fit out comparatively simple: everything you need and nothing you don’t. At the base of the companionway there is a galley with a 4 burner propane stove, hand pump sink and cooler for refrigeration to stbd, and a nav. area to port with a GPS, AIS and VHF. Sharing the same space under the raised deck house is the salon with two settees, a table, a woodstove, and an outboard berth to port. There’s a double berth to port and a settee and outboard single berth to starboard on either side of the main mast, followed by a composting head to port, work area to starboard and two more single berths in the forepeak.
Martha Seabury is being reluctantly offered for sale as her owner now lives abroad in a place where its logistically difficult to care for a wooden boat of her size. She’s built to last, in excellent condition, offered for sale for a fraction of her initial construction cost. Martha Seabury will make an excellent daysailing or overnight charterboat, sail training platform, or bluewater capable family cruiser and is currently in storage in Belfast, ME ready for showings.
Displacement: 38,000 lbs
-white oak deck beams
-Steam bent white oak frames with every third a double sawn trunnel fastened Osage Orange frames
-Alaskan yellow cedar planking with angelique sheer planks and garboards
-Hackmatack grown knees
-Canvas covered pine cabin tops
-Caribbean White Cedar stem and sternpost
-Angelique bilge stringers and sheer clamps
-Bronze fastners, bolts, cast bronze floors
-Beta Marine B SO451 2012 50hp diesel engine
-16” Bronze 3 blade feathering prop – offset to port
-1-1/4” stainless shaft
-Twin Disc TMC 260 gear
-Flax stuffing box
-Morse single lever controls
-Edson Bronze worm gear steering
-12V Dc electrical system w/ 1 Group 29 engine start battery and two Group 31 house batteries
-30A shorepower hook-up
-30A Truepower battery charger
-Blue Seas electrical panel
-Standard Horizon VHF
-ACR 406MHZ Epirb
-Xintrex CO monitor
-Type 1 PFDs, throwable flotation, etc.
-4 burner propane stove
-hand pump galley and head sinks
-Tanbark Dacron main, fore, club jib and fisherman
– New England Ropes vintage sat-set double braid and 3 strand running rigging
-7×7 galvanized standing rigging, dead-eyes and lanyards
-external bronze chainplates
– Birdsmouth laminated Douglas Fir masts and booms, yellow cedar laminated gaffs, bronze hardware, ash blocks
-Bronze Lewmar winches