Picton boat buying: 1991 Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser – Petrel III

Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser 2.7m Fyran RIB with 2hp Honda four-stroke; Weaver mounts for easy access and retrieval Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser
Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser Luxurious upholstered skipper’s seat; Raymarine A5TD chartplotter; skipper can head to open flybridge in good weather Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser
Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser Large double berth in forward cabin; six berths total Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser
Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser Large dining area with space for all guests Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser

Sealine was established in 1972 and is regarded as one of the ‘big four’ British recreational boat manufacturers. It has built thousands of luxury launches and yachts over the past 40 years and also developed an extended dealer network that stretches right around the world.

Picton boat buying: 1991 Sealine 305 Flybridge Cruiser – Petrel III
One of Sealine’s most popular models — hundreds built

The 305 Statesman was one of Sealine's most popular models and hundreds were built. Picton is home to a handful of these fine boats, and Petrel III is a good example of how well built these boats are.

The boat manages to squeeze in six berths, spread over a large double in the forward cabin, a very snug double in the portside cabin and a further double in the saloon area. Although the grey upholstery is starting to show its age in places, it is still free of any significant wear or breaks.

The head, with hot-water shower and manual flush toilet, is accessible from both the main cabin and the passageway. Galley equipment includes a two-burner gas hob, full-size gas oven and grill, sink with running hot and cold water and Engel fridge. A large dining area on the port side provides space for all guests at once. A huge glass sliding door provides light and access between the saloon and cockpit.

Twin 200hp Volvo AD41 turbo diesel engines power this vessel to a top speed of 35 knots through duo props. At the more economical 20-25 knots cruise speed the Volvos are using a paltry 15 to 20 litres per hour for each motor, and the 600-litre total fuel capacity gives the boat a generous range. The engines, legs and duo props have just had a major overhaul.

The skipper is accommodated on a luxuriously-upholstered seat, where the twin controls for the motors dominate the dash. There's a Raymarine A5TD chartplotter and all the usual electronics are present. In good weather the skipper can control the vessel from the open flybridge, accessed via a stainless ladder in the cockpit. Engine controls are duplicated, and a Navman is ready for navigation and fish finding.

Somewhat unusually in a boat this size is the Fisher Panda genset, providing mains power in a whisper-quiet package. The boat is also wired for shore power, and has air conditioning to keep everything comfortable inside. An electric panel heater provides heat when needed.

The cockpit is modest, with a central step-through onto the boarding platform. A bait board on the port side has two rod holders, making up for the lack of these in the gunwales.

Extras include a 2.7m Fyran RIB with 2hp Honda four-stroke outboard, with the RIB on Weaver mounts for easy access and retrieval. Both stern and bow have a number of fenders held in stainless steel cages. At just $130,000 this boat represents solid value for someone wanting a well-built launch with six berths. For more details contact Ted Church on (021) 935 549 or (03) 573 8008.

About the broker: Ted Church

Ted's entire working life has been selling, starting in the motor trade before moving into boat sales in 1994. He met his partner Sherrill through selling her a boat to live on, and together they started their own marine brokerage business. Apart from a small hiatus between 2004 and 2007 (during which time Ted started a rock and roll café and a car museum) he has been selling boats ever since. Ted believes in telling people what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear, and would rather lose a sale than sell them a boat that is not suited to their needs.

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