SEA LINE 450 STATES MAN

BU ILT 1992 PR ICE £89 ,995

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The Sealine 450 States­man is very much a prod­uct of the Kid­der­min­ster-based com­pany’s early 1990s pe­riod, from the dol­phin nose (which neatly hides the an­chor) to the very rounded, slightly over-in­flated shape. But the 450, then the flag­ship of the range, car­ries it off well. Bet­ter, in fact, than some of the smaller mod­els of the time. It still looks pretty fresh to­day, age­ing more gen­tly than some of the harder-edged al­ter­na­tives of its era.

IN­TE­RIOR

The 450 is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of some re­ally in­no­va­tive think­ing that was com­ing out of Sealine at the time, and a per­fect demon­stra­tion of this is the aft cock­pit/aft cabin lay­out. On most boats of this size you have to choose be­tween a proper in­te­grated cock­pit or a more ex­posed raised aft deck to fit a cabin be­neath. This has both. Sealine cun­ningly placed the bed at the for­ward end of the aft cabin and then low­ered the ceil­ing over­head, giv­ing stand­ing head­room where you need it, but cre­at­ing a proper cock­pit above it and adding a sep­a­rate en­suite toi­let and shower into each aft cor­ner. There’s a gen­er­ous guest cabin in the bow and on this boat a third guest cabin for­ward.

EX­TE­RIOR

So the big news, for an aft cabin boat, is the proper aft cock­pit with seat­ing wrap­ping around it and a tran­som door. Sealine were able to ex­tend the fly­bridge above it to pro­vide some shel­ter and make it eas­ier to rig an aft canopy – this was the best of both worlds! GRP stairs (rather than the lad­der most boats of this era fea­tured) take you to the fly­bridge.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The vast ma­jor­ity of Sealine 450 States­mans got Volvo Penta’s 70 se­ries en­gines, from twin 71s through later 72, 74 and 75 evo­lu­tions giv­ing 358hp–430hp and in the re­gion of 30 knots. This boat has been re-engined with newer TAMD 63P 370hp units.

SEA­KEEP­ING

12 tonnes of boat with two shaft drive diesel en­gines makes for steady progress rather than light­ning-fast di­rec­tion changes, which suits the style of boat very well. How­ever, it’s worth be­ing aware of the windage of those high top­sides, nec­es­sary to ac­com­mo­date that aft cabin, when in close quar­ters.

The style may be a lit­tle dated but there’s no quib­bling about the size of the 450’s sa­loon The clever aft cabin has sep­a­rate en­suite shower and heads com­part­ments

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