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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW Aesthetically the Seidelmann 37 is quite pleasing to the eye, and from the rear, she tapers off to the stern with a fairly broad beam amidships.

About the Seidelmann 37 Designed by Bob Seidelmann and built in the U.S. by Bob Seidelmann Yachts, the Seidelmann 37 is a masthead sloop rig with fin keel and spade rudder. Her LOA is recorded at 36.83 feet (11.23 meters). With a beam of 12 feet (3.66 meters), she has a draft of 5.9 feet (1.8 meters) and displaces 13,500 pounds (6124 kilos). She was originally fitted with a 27HP Yanmar Diesel but had been refitted with a 25HP Universal Diesel engine. Although we couldn’t find any specifications that referred to the mast height, I can say that she was a reasonably tall rig. However, she slipped under 54-foot bridges on the ICW. If I am correct, there are only two bridges on the ICW that she would not fit under. The one is at Indian Town, FL, on the East side of Lake Okeechobee. I don’t recall where the other one is but it is in Florida somewhere.

1980 Seidelmann 37 By Len Rorke


fter the loss of our 50-foot Beneteau Oceanis in a storm in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean in 2014, we were devastated by our huge financial loss. Having very little in terms of options, we slowly motored in a dinghy towards what was to become our home on the water for the next 15 months. She lay at anchor; a 1980 model Seidelmann 37. We had no prior knowledge of the Seidelmann brand of boats, but this was all we could afford and we were lucky to be getting her at the price we did. Our apprehension was understandable. We had come from a 2007 model larger sailboat to a 37footer, and an older one at that.

Sailing the Seidelmann 37 The Seidelmann 37 surprised us with her sailing prowess. She proved to be reasonably fast and provided a surprising amount of sea-kindly motion in heavy weather. She certainly didn’t “pound” on a beat into heavy weather like our last boat did but rather handled the beat strongly and without hesitation.

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