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Seal 22 Mk I

Brief details



John Baker, Starcross, Devon

The original Seal 22 is a popular small daysailer, but is also seaworthy enough for coastal cruising passages. The design has a unique split-function 'convertible' cabin structure, with no fixed aft cabin bulkhead, so that this area can be opened out and used as a deep secure and sheltered lower cockpit area for passengers when day sailing, yet covered by ply boards and canvas under a sprayhood in bad weather or to extend the cabin area when cruising.


21' 9"

Sail area

241 sq ft main and genoa


18' 0"




7' 9"




2' 0" keel up to 3' 10" keel down




2,400 lbs




800 lbs


typically 6 hp

Keel type

Cast iron drop keel with lifting rudder

Seal 22

Introduced in 1969, and an immediate success, the Seal 22 was designed by Angus Primrose for John Baker Ltd., and remained in production until 1980, with various minor changes in Mk II and Mk III versions. All three versions used the same hull and keel, and are relatively fast boats for their size, whilst remaining easy to handle.

The lift keel is an iron casting, with a widened base to keep the centre of gravity low, which partially retracts to reduce draught.

Seal 22

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Seal 22

The Seal 22 has no fixed aft saloon bulkhead, and with sprayhood folded down and removable panels off, you have a huge seating area for daysailing. With canopy up you have a cabin with up to four berths for overnighting

  Seal 22

If a toilet is fitted it is usually a Porta-potti chemical toilet, under the centre of the forepeak bunks, although a marine WC could also be installed.

Below: The keel is lifted by the screw-jack at the aft end of the cabin table. The geared screw jack pulls two steel cables to lift the keel casting, the mechanism being easy to inspect and check.

Seal 22
Seal 22
Seal 22

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