Sealine T47

Motorboat & Yachting - - Usedboat -

A Sealine isn’t the first mar­que that springs to mind when con­sid­er­ing a liveaboard – don’t they make small whizzy sports cruis­ers? Well, yes they do, but they also make boats like this.


Un­usu­ally for a near-50ft boat, the Sealine T47 was con­ceived with a two-cabin lay­out. As a re­sult, in­stead of the usual large mas­ter cabin and of­ten a slightly pinched pair of guest cab­ins, the T47 came with two re­ally big dou­ble cab­ins. In fact, it is the mid cabin rather than the bow cabin that is the mas­ter – rare in an aft-cock­pit boat of this era. To make up for this, the crew cabin back un­der the cock­pit was far larger than nor­mally found sub 50ft (there’s even a wash­ing ma­chine down there). How­ever, later on, Sealine re­lented and cre­ated a three-cabin ver­sion, but it did it with­out com­pro­mis­ing the two ex­ist­ing cab­ins. In­stead, the gal­ley was moved from the lower deck to op­po­site the huge sofa in the sa­loon, mak­ing space for a small sin­gle cabin. On the out­side, the aft cock­pit is large and well shel­tered and the fly­bridge is an easy stroll up wide steps. Up top, the dou­ble helm seat ro­tates through 90° to give a more so­cia­ble lay­out when not un­der­way, and the aft seats drop flat to cre­ate sun­loungers.


Early boats got a pair of Volvo Penta’s TAMD 74P EDC 480hp en­gines that punched the top speed past 30 knots. Later boats got the cur­rent- gen­er­a­tion D Se­ries en­gines, in this case su­per­ef­fi­cient turbo-charged and af­ter­cooled D9-500s with high-pres­sure in­jec­tion, elec­tron­i­cally man­aged to lower fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions.


Calm seas stopped the MBY team from re­ally putting the T47 through its paces when we tested it in 2000, but it ac­quit­ted it­self well in the stan­dard high-speed wake-cross­ing chal­lenge. What did stand out how­ever, were very low noise lev­els at speed.

The gal­ley was moved up into the sa­loon on three-cabin ver­sions The un­usu­ally spa­cious for­ward VIP guest cabin The wood floor and cab­i­nets still look good 12 years on

Two re­ally gen­er­ous cab­ins and a large aft cock­pit Lacks the vo­lu­mi­nous aft cabin of its ri­vals here

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