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The Grey Seal, a 22' double-ended sailboat is another traditional design by Iain Oughtred.

The largest of our undertakings to date, the Grey Seal is a light, truly trailerable cruiser. The shallow draft hull is not only more easily transported by road, but with the addition of the centerboard, becomes a safer, more comfortable vessel at sea in rough weather.


  • Length over all 22'2"
  • Length at waterline 18'7"
  • Beam 7'9"
  • Draft 2'3", with centerboard down 4'4"
  • Displacement: 3,800 lbs (cb)
  • Sail Area 245 sq. ft. with the Bermudian-rigged sail
GreySeal_4.jpg (28567 bytes)An eye-catcher in any marina.

A comfortable cruiser or day sailer.

Designed to carry 2 to 5 people day sailing, or 2 to 4 people cruising, the Grey Seal is at home in the open ocean as well as in somewhat protected waters.

GreySeal_8.jpg (34211 bytes)Traditional white painted hull and decks, with cabin sides finshed bright.

Traditional style, modern construction.

The epoxy-glued overlapping planks of mahogony plywood, over laminated frames and backbone, make the Grey Seal very sea-worthy. With proper care, these boats should last a long time.

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Easily trailered.

With a beam of only 7'9", the Grey Seal is easily trailered to your favorite cruising grounds. The cabin layout can be varied significantly, to accomodate your crew whether you are day sailing or on an extended cruise.

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Several propulsion options.

Although designed to carry a  auxiliary inboard engine, this particular version of the Grey Seal was built with a small outboard motor, secured within an engine well. The tiller is then used to steer the boat when under power.A strong sheer line displays her traditional character.

GreySeal_20.jpg (29368 bytes)In a class all by itself.

Classic lines under sail.

The tradtional sloop rig only adds to the classic look of the Grey Seal. With her lapstrake hull, she slices the water easily under sail.

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1065 S. Jackson St.
Defiance, OH  43512