Sea Hymn

by Norm Auriat
(Nanaimo, British Columbia)

"Sea Hymn"

The boat design is by Charles Wittholz and was designed as a 40 ft, but he was induced to design a 3 ft extension giving it a rounded stern.

The individual that started building the boat in Savannah, Ga. died with the craft not completed.

The boat had not been watered until 2010/ June.

I bought it in Nov/09 and trucked it to Sarnia, On. and then a lot of remedial work was started and completed.

Redid all of the bulwarks, built a wear deck over the lower cabin roof, gutted the front focsle and installed a 10in bowthruster and rebuilt the bunk and head.

Completely rewired and installed a 3000 watt inverter, ripped out the galley and completely redid it with apartment gas stove ,110 va refrigderator, double sink, microwave and convection oven, washer/ dryer.

Added a new Simrad radar, sounder, chartplotter, and auto pilot, and last but not least a Good Automatic Windlass.

I also discovered some soft spots in the hull and these were removed and redone along with areas on the deck.

The boat is cold moulded and when you first think of how hard it will be to repair but, after you start and get into it you realize what easy and user friendly system it is.

I then loaded the boat and trucked it to Blaine , Washington where Seahymn lives today in it's own boat house.

The end of the story for now.

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May 07, 2021
engine question
by: Doug Edwards

Hi Norm

Dave Dixon wants me to split the cost with him and buy the boat. Might be a possibility if the price is right. We'd probably move it to Nanaimo or maybe the French Creek marina.

Just wondering what it has for an engine (size, number of cylinders, horsepower) and how many hours on it? I assume it is a diesel marine engine.

Doug Edwards

Oct 19, 2020
She's a beauty for sure!
by: Cindy

I was lucky enough to spend time with this vessel in Sarnia. Alot of work done for sure. I hope you are enjoying your time with Sea Hymn to this day.

Apr 27, 2014
your boat has " pedigree"
by: Harry

Wow ! One of my favorite photos here Norm.

A fine solid looking boat you have there.

So , your boat has " pedigree" Wittholz being such a respected designer .Looks like his motor boats look as good as his catboats.

You have done much work Norm.

Great job. Fine vessel.

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