The Sealine F530 is a modern flybridge cruiser that was launched in May at the Palma Boat Show and continues the implementation of Hanse’s new philosophy for Sealine, as specialists in the design and build of mid-sized well-executed power cruisers. Take a look at last summer's Sealine C330 review or Alex Smith's Sealine F38 First Look Video from early in 2014, featuring the first new launch after Hanse took over the brand.
The team at boats.com in Spain took the opportunity to conduct a thorough test of the new Sealine F530, the most recent launch to combine British pedigree with the might of the German Hanse group. The F530 is an elegant 16-metre flybridge cruiser where ergonomics, comfort and effectiveness have been imbued in every detail.
Designed by Bill Dixon, this is a boat designed with enjoyment at anchor and at sea and to become a sort of "home away from home" that a lot of boaters wish for when they go for a boat this size. The F530 has three clearly defined open-air areas on the main deck in addition to a spacious lounge and two staterooms and one cabin in the lower deck. The bow is home to a clever solarium that can be easily converted into an al-fresco dinette, which can be lit up at night by pop-up cylindrical lamps. At the stern you’ll find a generous bathing platform, which can also hold the tender. There’s stairs to access the water and a shower to wash away seawater after a swim.
The aft cockpit comprises a long sofa right behind the transom that occupies most of the beam leaving an opening to starboard for accessing the bathing platform. To port, you’ll find a two-seat sofa and a small table. The area also has a solid foldable table with a stainless steel structure and a central feature with cup and bottle holders. The table top is made of two teak boards that can be folded one on top of the other leaving a sturdy handrail on show on one side of the table, depending on which board is folded.
This cosy dining room is serviced by a spacious and bright galley located inside the cabin to port, which connects to the aft cockpit through a flip-up window and a practical countertop. From the aft cockpit you can access the bow through two side decks surrounding the cabin, the flybridge via a stainless steel and teak staircase and the saloon through the wide folding door that closes up this area.
The main deck on the Sealine F530 has another very spacious dining area that extends the galley to port. The helm is located to starboard and connected to the side deck by a very practical door.
Below deck there are three spacious cabins and two heads. Amidships you have the full-beam master cabin that comprises a big bed, an array of cupboards and a bathroom. At the bow, the en-suite VIP cabin looks very inviting and there’s more room for guests in the double berth cabin with a heads compartment to starboard. Daylight comes in through a series of portholes on deck and large windows on the hull.
There is a small aft crew cabin with private head that can be accessed from the bathing platform.
The Sealine F530's flybridge is meant to be enjoyed to the full and it is particularly spacious in relation to the length of the vessel. It’s divided into two spaces; a sun lounge in the bow with two double sofas that can be moved to expand the solarium. To starboard you have a second helm station with everything you need to skipper the boat on your own or with a companion by your side; you’ll also have perfect views all around. A windshield protects this area which can also be covered by a bimini that is stowed forward of the solarium.
The rest of the flybridge is taken by a very comfortable and spacious sitting area around a table serviced by a small galley with sink and fridge that will provide you with everything you need to spend many hours here. This saloon can also be protected from the sun by another canopy which means that each of these flybridge areas can be exposed or shielded from the sun, independently. Both the flybridge and the main saloon below have a sound system which will help enhance the mood on board.
Presentation and performance
All the furniture has been studied and designed so that different areas can be configured in different ways according to the needs of the season or moment; items can be flipped up or pushed down to add extra seating or more space, as is the case of the aft cockpit table or the back of the helm’s seat. Sealine offers several colour, finishing, furniture and upholstery options which allows the owner to customise the boat quite a lot.
The design of the Sealine F530 follows current trends with an almost vertical stem that has become quite fashionable, which increases the waterline length (LWL) although it can cause quite a lot of spray in rough conditions. The superstructure also follows current design trends with its wavy lines. The boat has been built according to the most modern methods; the hull is made of high-density foam sandwich and polyester resin reinforced fibreglass. The deck floors are teak-laid and the lower deck cabins have plenty of portholes for natural light.
On the coamings of the cockpit we find two electric winches and two sturdy mooring cleats to manage the aft mooring lines. Another set of cleats in the bathing platform complete the aft mooring points. Further ahead, two more pairs of cleats are placed at intervals on both sides with an additional two on the bow where you’ll also find the anchor windlass. On both sides of the windlass there’s two hatches that give access to the generous anchor locker where you can also stow away the fenders. To safely handle cumbersome docking manoeuvres, the Sealine F530 comes with bow thrusters and a convenient joystick steering system.
The F530 we tested had a Volvo IPS 600 system with two in-line six-cylinder turbocharged 5500cc diesel engines, which deliver up to 435 horsepower. This compact propulsion system saves space on board, offers excellent performance and produces less vibration than traditional rigid axles.
We tested the F530 in May in the fantastic Bay of Alcudia, on the north coast of Majorca, sheltered by Cape Pinar. The sea conditions were perfect with very little wind. From the moment we started the engines we were able to see that levels of vibration and noise on deck and in the saloon were quite low; smooth sailing was obviously key here. The boat gained speed with ease and agility creating a continuous and pleasant feeling of comfort. It accelerated effectively taking less than 10 seconds to go from stand still up to planing speed. At 2000rpm we reached 10 knots, and increasing 500rpm more we surpassed 14 knots, a relaxing and economical cruise should fall between 2800 and 3000rpm, with speeds ranging from 16 to 19 knots. At full power, 3500rpm, we reached 24.3 knots, a more than reasonable speed for a boat this size.
Sealine F530: a summary
The Sealine F530 is a modern and efficient flybridge cruiser for up to 12 guests of which nine can spend the night. There’s three open-air seating areas and a saloon plus three cabins so that everyone can relax, bathe, eat, drink and rest comfortably either moored or cruising. The spacious flybridge is particularly comfortable and has been designed so that you and your guests can spend hours enjoying the sea and the views with food and drinks at hand.
The entire concept of the F530 is balanced and effective: good seagoing abilities, great manoeuvrability courtesy of the Volvo IPS system, comfortable living spaces, a bright saloon, a good-sized bathing platform, all of this coupled with Sealine’s construction tenets, making it an interesting option if you’re in the market for a mid-sized flybridge cruiser that fulfils its promise.
For more boat reviews in this class, see our preview of Cantieri Estensi 535 Maine to debut at Cannes and Alex Smith's Galeon 500 Fly review: ingenuity and execution.
Sealine F530 specifications
Displacement: 18.2 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 1.600 litres
Engine: 2 X 435 Hp Volvo IPS 600