Agile for sailing, small in size, but with a roomy galley and deck, Sea Plus Plus will glade away in the Bay. Take her for a one day cruise, or experience her for a weekend, she will not let you down.
Sea Plus Plus (from the geeky C++ programming language), is a Hunter 25.5, the largest little cruiser you can find on this side of the Atlantic. It has all the amenities of its larger cousins, the speed of the best racers, and the maneuverability of the smoothest boats. She points well and takes off without any hick ups. And most importantly, she has character.
She boasts a small V-berth for two with a top hatch, plus a double stern quarter berth for the non claustrophobic. in addition, the dinette seats 4 and converts to double berth. She comes with a real and private head (loo, OK, toilette), not a port-a-potty, plus a two-burner alcohol stove, an icebox (I'll even throw in the ice for you), and a kitchen as well as a bath sink.
Instrument-wise, she comes with the basics you'll need for a day or weekend outing, from a depth/fish finder, to a keel auto-pilot, a GPS and VHF Radio. It has sweet speakers in the galley and deck, mp3 player with aux (to connect your phone), and electric plugs for your smartphones, all powered via a solar-charged battery (so as to feel closer to nature :-). And best of all, her design enables sailing solo, as everything is within reach.
The reliable 9.9 Evenrude outboard engine with electric start will pull you out of trouble if need be and push you out of the marina with ease. Once in the open, either the mainsail and 110% Jib or the 155% Genoa for light winds and a stom jib for when its 20+ knots, will do the trick.
If your tight with your crew, there is no reason why 6 adults cannot share the night, but surely 4 won't get in the way. So take her for a day, or sail away for the weekend, as Sea Plus Plus will not let you down.
Before stealing her away from me however, all I ask is that we meet in person so we can go over any details of this neat 26 cruiser, get to know each other a little, and answer any questions you may have. After that, she's all yours.
Here is a list of features:
- Mainsail and 110% Jib in good condition
- 155% Genoa for light winds
- stom jib for when its 20+ knots
- 9.9 Evenrude Ourboard with Electric start (reliable)
- Raymarine ST1000 AutoPilot (boat will sail itself for many hours)
- Depth/Fish Finder
- Speed Log
- Self tailing winches
- Pressurized water
- Solar Panel for battery charging
- Marine Toilet (not a port-a-potty) with holding tank and Manual pump out.
- Two Burner Stove
- Dinette seats 4 and converts to double berth
- Polk audio cockpit speakers
- MP3 Player with Aux
- Interior and running LED lights
- Electric bilge pump
We had a truly wonderful day sailing Sea Plus Plus on the Chesapeake Bay. As Rodrigo says, she is a great little old lady; she handles both stiff breezes and light airs well, and tacks and gibes very responsively, so she is perfect for the area she is in. The outboard is more than enough to manage in and out of the marina and easy to use. Sails and rigging all good too; paper chart fine (although I have to say US charts are not to UK standard:)). And Rodrigo is a brilliant guy, introducing us personally to Sea Plus Plus, telling us about her and his sharing sailing philosophy with us. We're quite challenged for Joss, our own boat. Thank you so much, Rodrigo!
Rodrigo was great and very accommodating of my schedule when we made plans to meet at the boat. The boat sails well and is located in a marina that provides easy access to open water. Two state parks nearby. We anchored at one for a swim and lunch before sailing back. Overall, a great day. We'll be back!
We had a great time with Sea Plus Plus and Rodrigo was a great host and very thoughtful as he even brought some bed sheets since he knew we would spend the night on the boat.
We sailed 22.6 NM at an average of 2.6Kts (including an 1.5h anchorage). We had the opportunity to use all the sails, Genoa in the morning, Jib in the early afternoon, and the Storm Jib (with a reef in the main) as the conditions on the way back, in the mouth of the patpsco river, were a little rough. We had a 15kts sustained wind with 24kts gusts according to the anemometer on the Patapsco river buoy.
Sea Plus Plus is in great condition but I noticed a few things that I think should be fixed in order to improve its safety :
- The engine throttle does not work in a predictable way. Rodrigo showed us a trick to make it work but it makes the operation of the engine more stressful than it should be.
- We found the boat slower than it should be (under sails or engine), approximately half of its hull speed (~7kts)
- The mainsheet traveler track stop, port side (during starboard tacks), broke loose several times under sail during wind gusts. The spring of the holding pin is too weak/old.
Great time sailing on Sea Plus Plus. Rodrigo was very responsive and flexible. We setup a time to review the boat the night before and Rodrigo called in advance to let us know about a minor problem with the throttle and electric starter. We kept the reservation and had a great time sailing. The boat was in good condition and comfortable to sail. Thanks!
Sea Plus Plus is a good boat, and we had a good day. Unfortunately, the wind was no good. I should have checked the real marine weather forecast; weather.com promised steady light winds.
Rodrigo is very friendly and professional.
We rented in June; I made these suggestions to Rodrigo, and he has probably already addressed them:
A paper chart book is essential for rentals; the Bay can be tricky to navigate, and you can’t rely on electronics for things that are critical for safety.
The boat needs boat hook pole. Docking in significant wind without one would be difficult.
A nice extra touch: get a 12V-to-USB adapter so people can easily plug in a phone for charging;
likewise, an auxiliary cable would be handy to plug a phone or iPod into the boat’s stereo.
I hope to rent this boat again in the future!