Sunday, May 1, 2011

SEABRIGHT 33: A New Reuel Parker Design

Reuel Parker was kind enough to send me some study plans for an interesting design he drew recently that he calls the SEABRIGHT 33.  This boat really caught my attention and he probably knew it would appeal to me as I am most interested in those rare designs that combine shallow draft with offshore seaworthiness.  This really looks like a great boat: watertight bulkheads and built-in flotation,  trailerable and not too expensive or difficult to build, yet offering cruising for four with standing headroom in part of the cabin despite a draft of only 1' 9".

Here are a few of the drawings from the study plans:


LOD:  35' 2"

LOD:  32' 3"

BEAM:  8' 6"

DRAFT:  1' 9"

DISPLACEMENT:  5,000lbs.

BALLAST:  2,000 lbs. lead foil laminated in keel

WATER:  70 gallons 

TYPE:  New Jersey Seabright Skiff. Suitable for sailing in coastal and offshore conditions.  This model is designed with watertight flotation compartments and accommodations for four with a small galley and head.  The type has an excellent record as a lifesaving vessel, and can be used as an island-hopper, coastal cruiser and ocean voyager.  Trailerable behind a vehicle rated for 6,000 lb. towing capacity. 

CONSTRUCTION:  Marine plywood covered with epoxy-saturated Xynole-polyester fabric.  The hull is frameless, being built over bulkheads.  Options for planking include lapstrake, chine log and stitch-and-glue. (Plans are drawn for stitch-and-glue).  Skill level required for construction is moderate to high (lapstrake hull).

OPTIONS:  An inboard diesel (2 cyl Yanmar 2YM15) may be installed under the forward end of the cockpit well as shown on a separate drawing.  An outboard in a well is not practical for this model.  This boat may be rowed standing in the cockpit or sculled using a 10' oar with heavy-duty rowlock mounted on the transom.  Permanent ballast consists of lead foil laminated inside the keel bottom on both sides of the CB trunk covered with 1/4" teak & holly plywood.  If trailerability is not desired, ballast may be increased to 2,500 lbs.  Standing headroom under the sliding hatch (in the galley) is 6' 3"; headroom at the table is 5' 6" with exposed beams, and 5' 7 1/2" with the foam-core deck option.  The deck may be raised no more than 2" if more headroom is desired. Additional rigs are available on a custom-design basis. 


  1. Hello,

    When you say the Sea Bright 33 has standing headroom, what does that mean in feet and inches? I'm 6 feet tall I really like the design. My choices for building a boat are down to the Egret 36, this Sea Bright 33, and possibly the Seabright 36 when the plans are finished.
    Any input you might have would be appreciated.

    Regards, Frank

  2. Frank,

    I think that there is 6 feet of headroom in the area under the companionway hatch, but you might want to check with Reuel Parker to be sure. I like the Egret 36 a lot too. It would be a tough choice to decide between them. I was not aware that there is a Seabright 36 on the drawing board.

    Reuel told me last time wee talked about these boats that the Egret series was the most boat for the money and the fastest to build. I was considering the Egret 31.5 as a shoal-draft vessel that could make trips across the Gulf Stream from Florida to the Bahamas and go almost anywhere among the reefs once there.

    The flat bottom, single chine construction is faster than the multi-chine of the Sea Bright, and the Egret can be fitted with an outboard instead of requiring an inboard diesel as the Sea Bright does.


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