S/V SeaBear

The S/V* SeaBear is a 53 foot steel cutter designed by Bruce Roberts.

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*(S/V stands for Sailing Vessel)

The SeaBear would no doubt be considered a well-appointed ocean going world cruiser. The SeaBear was fitted out in Seattle Washington as a hard-core expedition boat prepared for the rigors of sailing in the high latitudes. Since its departure in 2007 it has pretty much done just that, primarily making its home in the Patagonia channels in the roaring 40’s and raging 50’s of Chile’s far south.

The SeaBear more than a name is this vessel’s totem animal. Gracing its bow is a beautiful tribal symbol from the Pacific Northwest of this mythical creature.  Both Orca Whale and Grizzly Bear it unquestionable represents fierce wildness and the strength that comes with that. Drawn especially for the vessel by a Native American Artist of the Tlingit People it and the Totem Pole running up the mast sum up perfectly the spirit of this stout vessel.

Some might not find her lines overly pleasing, but the snobbery of some yachting circles gets left far behind on the shore when you cast off. Then the only question that really matters is she seaworthy. All vessels are not created equal, even between vessels of the same design. Somewhere in the great blue expanse, when the only thing between you and the fishes is HER embrace the spirit of which superstitious sailors speak comes very much alive.

The SeaBear has brought me safely through to the calm on the other side of gales reaching force 11. Somewhere in all the escalating chaos any semblance of control you might have had gets buried deep at sea.

You must surrender. But not to the sea. Humbled by it? Yes. In awe of it? Yes. But as a sailor the day you surrender to the sea is when hope is lost. No, never, not as long as you have fight still in you.

You must surrender inevitably to the inherent capacity of your VESSEL. You put yourself in her hands, and where you would only find defeat, she battles on for you. You ride the storm on her back as it were. She is a galloping mare with nostril flared, every muscle flexing with her heavy rhythmic breath, hoofs pounding, her long wild mane flowing in the wind. Even when you collapse from exhaustion, she continues on, and brings you home to your loved ones. Then for you the archetypal dream of deliverance, much preyed for, is fulfilled.

The SeaBear more than a recreational pleasure craft is actually a wonderful tool. She gets you out there were few have the possibility to go, and she lets you stay there for as long as you like. Since she is owner operated and maintained she is continually a work in progress adjusting to the demands of the journey ahead.  Although I have to admit that a finely finished yacht interior can be truly exquisite due to the quality of the materials and workmanship, by all means the SeaBear departs from the traditional. As an example of this the SeaBear has no rare or exotic woods either on deck or down below. Instead sustainable materials like bamboo plywood have been used extensively on the interior. The hull and deck is built to be robust and very low in maintenance.