SEA LINE 450 STATES MAN
BU ILT 1992 PR ICE £89 ,995
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.
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.
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.
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.
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