|Photo by Paul Bracken|
"Sailing across the Gulf of Maine aboard the newly launched and rigged 50' wooden schooner Martha Seabury, we encountered all kinds of weather including light airs, calms, lumpy seas and, on the last day, wind that built to 25-30 kts and seas up to 10'.
"It was here that I knew how amazingly seaworthy this small vessel she is and how stoutly built she is.
"We had her reefed down with double reefed mainsail, single reefed foresail and the stays'l, with 25 kts on the beam and she was galloping along at 7-8 knots, taking the large, steep seas on the beam without a worry. The crew on the tiller only took the occasional spray and the lee rail only rolled under once or twice.
"What I found with her in these conditions is that she is simply a very powerful vessel and feels and behaves like a schooner much larger that she is. Her ample freeboard and healthy beam serves her well for any deep sea conditions. Her sail plan balanced her out nicely but she still wanted to drive to weather, which was good to see, as that strong wind could have easily been on the nose and we would have had to beat to windward, which she could have done with relative ease.
"All in all I find the Martha Seabury to be an incredible deep sea voyager, as well as a handy, fun schooner to mess about coastwise. Coming from a big ship sailor, I would feel comfortable to make ocean crossings and think she would be safe and manageable in almost any waters. Her interior is quite comfortable, especially with the kerosene lanterns giving a soft glow off all of her beautiful assortment of woods, which make her the bulletproof schooner she is."
Captain Michael Moreland
Schooner Martha Seabury