Sea Spirit 60' Passagemaker2 Years, 2,000 Hours & 2 Oceans Later by Judy Waldman With an emphasis on transoceanic capability and long range fuel economy, Sea Spirit's 60' flaunts new age amenities and old world charm, delivering an exceptional trawler for today's cruising couple. Join us for a redeux review, as we reflect on the journey of "Dauntless", the 1st Sea Spirit delivered, now in its 2nd year of service and some 2000 hours later. With four hulls afloat, exploring various corners of the globe, along with two more Sea Spirit 60's scheduled to launch, Dauntless presents an opportunity to see how well this trawler has traveled. The durability and seaworthiness of the Sea Spirit Passagemaker is evidenced by the seafaring tales willingly recounted by Dauntless’s owner, Ed K., who was the ideal client for Sea Spirit's founder, Dan Fritz. As the founder of Queenship Yachts, Dan had seen his company produce over 60 luxury yachts up to 112 feet. The idea for a Passagemaker series formulated over many years. Combining his 20 years experience with building Queenships and his 30 years of business dealings in the Far East (including bringing the renown Mandarin Oriental chain of hotels to the US), Dan knew he could find the right team for building the ultimate long-range cruiser which seemed to elude the trawler market. After taking delivery of Dauntless in March 2008 in Seattle, Ed and his wife Carol took off straight away for Alaska. The two years they have been cruising Dauntless, including 14,500 miles in 15 months, have enabled them to substantiate that the yacht has met their expectations, or as Ed excitedly brags, “It far exceeds our expectations, more than we could have imagined.” After cruising in the PNW, through the Panama Canal, and island hopping in the Caribbean, Ed and Carol took Dauntless up the East Coast, through the NY canal system, and on to homeport in Ohio. Dauntless was displayed in East Coast boat shows and is currently in warm water cruising position in Florida. In selecting Sea Spirit for these cruising goals, Ed knew they would confront a variety of sea conditions. And indeed they did. After leaving Seattle, they encountered 15 foot following seas along with 35 knots of wind. While traveling the Inside Passage, Dauntless experienced 10 foot rollers which started out on the bow quarter and then were dead abeam. Then there were the 12-15 foot head seas off Nicaragua. Ed says the boat was wet, but she just chugged right on through not even interfering with cooking and normal cabin duties. On the west side of Cuba they encountered 2 days of beating into 8 to 12 foot head seas. Ed says he is dumbstruck at what a phenomenal sea boat the Sea Spirit has proven to be. Dauntless has provided them with confidence in the vessel’s ability to spur them on to their eventual goal of cruising Europe.