SeaSport Commander 2800―The Dream Boat for Fishing and Fast, Comfortable, Cruising
Many of us dream about our next boat. Dave and Eddylee Scott have been dreaming and fulfilling dreams for other boaters for years. They spent the last 30 years cruising to Northern B.C., SE Alaska, and Vancouver Island in a custom Delta 37, a 42’ Grand Banks, an American Tug 34 and an American Tug 41. Fifteen years ago they were the original West Coast dealers for American Tug. Together they have assisted over a hundred people configure and launch the American Tug of their dreams. Dave and Eddylee have cruised thousands of miles with multiple trips to Southeast Alaska. They are notorious for sending pictures of their boat full of freshly caught salmon and crab arrayed in the cockpit.
Their long distance cruising days are behind them, but they are not about to give up boating and fishing. So, you might ask, what would be their next dream boat?
Drawing on their experience and a lot of research, they concluded that a SeaSport Commander 2800 would give them the versatility they wanted for fishing, crabbing, taking friends or their adult children out for a day trip, and even an occasional overnight trip if headed further north.
This time, they wanted to meld the extremely popular “go-fast” fishing machine with some of the amenities of the many trawlers they had enjoyed. They wanted speed to get them to the best fishing spots or to avoid weather. They wanted comfort, heat, hot water, long-range quiet cruising, the ability to live on board for a few days.
Ron Wright from the factory, John Baker, the principal of Waypoint Marine Group, the dealer for SeaSport, and the Scott’s spent countless hours in meetings and discussions to arrive at this unique “Transition” SeaSport. Dave and Eddylee ordered their boat in the fall of 2013. Their new boat was in the mold when tragedy struck. A fire consumed the entire factory in Ferndale, Washington on September 11th, 2014 where the SeaSport was being built; Dave and Eddylee’s new boat’s hull was the only total loss!
It was not clear if the factory would recover. They have come back stronger than ever setting up a new factory in the Port of Bellingham. The new SeaSport Commander 2800 an example of the SeaSport quality of the past with quite a few new tricks in the grand design.
A different 28’ Sea Sport from any seen before. First, note this SeaSport is equipped with twin 300hp Yamaha outboard motors on a bracket off the stern – the first 28′ SeaSport to offer feature outboards. The result is a top speed of up to 45 knots (over 50mph!) in our sea trial when loaded with four passengers onboard and about half fuel and water. It is quiet too. What does speed like this look like? Let’s just say your peripheral vision is a blur! When you begin opening compartments, you notice the real advantage of an incredible amount of storage under the spacious cockpit where one or more I/O engines lived in prior SeaSport boats. The Scott’s installed a Dometic CF-80 freezer in the center bait box area to hold provisions for extended cruising, and all the fish and crab they plan on catching. Ron Wright and his crew of experienced boat builders did an excellent job working out the weight distribution. When she comes up on plane she is stable and quiet.
As a fishing machine, with a beam of 9’ 9”, the cockpit has plenty of room. I can see where four anglers could all be hitting at once and working salmon to the boat. There is plenty of storage for gear under the gunnels, and the Scott’s have designed some of the storage bins with special built-in drawers for tackle and tools. Moving forward, there is a 2nd set of controls on the cabin bulkhead with a Garmin chart plotter and sounder, perfect for running when fishing or docking. For trolling the boat is equipped with a Yamaha 25. The Scott’s worked with Mark Tanner to place stainless grab rails in the best places throughout the boat, a new profile bow rail compliments the boat’s lines, and a low profile stainless radar arch with rod holders on the cabin top adds to the beauty and utility.
Working forward, there is a Lewmar windlass on deck for the anchor system and an LED headlight embedded in the bow in case you need to run at night. Below the waterline is a Lewmar bow thruster for easy docking.
Enter the cabin and you can immediately see this SeaSport is different. High-quality brown leatherette finishes, a classy brown Meganite counter top, a three burner propane stove with oven, deep sink with both hot and cold water, refrigerator. The settee is designed with a backrest that flips around for very comfortable seating opposite the captain, or it sets up flat for a berth for two. All stations have USB plugs for iPads, iPhones, and other accessories. There is LED lighting throughout the boat with blue lighting to show walkways and spotlights/reading lights in all of the key places. The joinery work is exquisite in a walnut brown color with inlays. Very classy! Stepping down there is a basic, roomy head to port, relocated from the design’s former “smaller than a phone booth” head in the starboard aft corner of the cabin in the typical 28’ SeaSport. It never felt right in the old spot. Just beyond the head is a large V-berth well-lit with LED spot lights, perfectly adequate for a few overnights between fishing spots.
The helm sits high with great visibility over the deck, necessary when running at the speeds this boat is capable of. The helm seat is extra comfortable, and the console is equipped with two Garmin 7600 12″ touch screen systems.
With 300 gallons of fuel, 100 gallons of water and even a small diesel tank for the Webasto hydronic heating system, this SeaSport is a purpose-built machine–cruising fast in style and comfort, but with the speed of this combination of twin Yamaha 300s and the stable, proven hull of the 28’ SeaSport.
In fact, this would be the perfect boat for the Waggoner Cruising Guide to cover the areas we need to reach. Imagine making it to Desolation Sound in a couple of hours. The Broughtons in a long day? Ketchikan in two long days!
Fuel flow? The Yamahas are not bad with a combined fuel flow of 1.7 miles to the gallon when cruising in the 30s. What does a thrill like this cost? There are pages of options on this beauty over the base price of around $265,000. The value of time and the satisfaction of owning this fish slaying, cruising machine―priceless.