If the heart and soul of the Sea|mester experience are the students and crew, then the body would have to be Argo and Ocean Star, our two world-class schooners.

Over the course of a voyage the vessel becomes much more than just a mode of transportation, just the classroom or even just a home. Our students often tell us that the vessel in many ways becomes part of the team, part of themselves. Taking pride in how she looks, how she feels the vessel becomes as equally important as any one of the living crew.

While both vessels vary in design and voyage, it’s important to remember that when they are en route, it’s due to students taking charge and trimming the sails, monitoring all systems and charting courses. By harnessing the power of sailing, Sea|mester hopes that these vessels become an agent of growth for each and every student.

S/Y Argo

Sailing throughout all of the World's oceans

Seamester vessel S/Y Argo underway

Completed in 2006, Argo is an expertly designed 112-ft two-masted staystail schooner with room for 26 students and 7 staff.

Argo was designed and built to circumnavigate the world. This means that every 90-day trip she embarks upon, a fresh batch of students face the challenge spending many days or weeks at sea while crossing one of the world’s oceans. For those looking for a genuine blue water experience, then Argo is the perfect vessel for you.

When we built Argo we did so with safety, dependability and ‘trainability’ in mind. We often refer to her as a “Big, Little Boat” meaning that we designed her systems in such a way that they are easy for students to understand and operate. Since our goal is to have students quickly reach the point where they are running the vessel, trainability is an important factor

Vessel particulars:

Vessel Characteristics
  • Designer: Langan Design and Associates
  • Builder: Marsun Shipyards
  • Length Overall (Sparred): 112 ft
  • Length Overall (Unsparred): 101 ft
  • Length On Deck: 94 ft
  • Beam: 25 ft
  • Draft: 10.1 ft
  • Displacement: 148 Tons
  • Height of Main Mast: 103 ft
  • Sail Area: 4700 Sq. ft
  • Hull Material: Steel
  • Main Engine: Caterpillar 3126 (425hp)
Principle Equipment
  • Generators: 2 x Northern Lights 25kw
  • Hydraulic System: TRAC American Bow Thruster
  • Dive Compressor: Bauer Mariner 8.4 CFM
  • Air Conditioning: Marine Airr
  • Water Maker: Sea R.O. 1200 gallons per day
  • Refrigeration: Seafrost BG 1000
  • Anchor handling: 2 x Maxwell VWC 8000
  • Tenders: 2 x Avon SR4.0m (50hp and 30hp)
  • Communication: Iridium Phone/Data Service, Cellular Phone, SSB, VHF
Vessel Lines

Seamester Vessel S/Y Argo Line Drawing

General Arrangement

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  • Vessel Characteristics
  • Principle Equipment
  • Vessel Lines
  • General Arrangement
    • Designer: Langan Design and Associates
    • Builder: Marsun Shipyards
    • Length Overall (Sparred): 112 ft
    • Length Overall (Unsparred): 101 ft
    • Length On Deck: 94 ft
    • Beam: 25 ft
    • Draft: 10.1 ft
    • Displacement: 148 Tons
    • Height of Main Mast: 103 ft
    • Sail Area: 4700 Sq. ft
    • Hull Material: Steel
    • Main Engine: Caterpillar 3126 (425hp)
    • Generators: 2 x Northern Lights 25kw
    • Hydraulic System: TRAC American Bow Thruster
    • Dive Compressor: Bauer Mariner 8.4 CFM
    • Air Conditioning: Marine Airr
    • Water Maker: Sea R.O. 1200 gallons per day
    • Refrigeration: Seafrost BG 1000
    • Anchor handling: 2 x Maxwell VWC 8000
    • Tenders: 2 x Avon SR4.0m (50hp and 30hp)
    • Communication: Iridium Phone/Data Service, Cellular Phone, SSB, VHF
  • Seamester Vessel S/Y Argo Line Drawing

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S/Y Ocean Star

Sailing exclusively throughout the Caribbean Lesser Antilles

Seamester vessel S/Y Ocean Star underway

Also a two-masted schooner, Ocean Star sits at 88ft overall and has sail plan that differs from Argo in that she carries a gaff on her foresail. Designed and built in the USA, she was first launched in 1991 then was added to the Sea|mester fleet in 2000. Ocean Star accommodates 16 students and 4 staff.

Rather than crossing oceans as a focus, the voyages run aboard Ocean Star are better suited for those looking for more of a near coastal sailing experience and, as a result, these programs tend to spend more time exploring ashore and in almost all cases, offer more opportunities for scuba diving and scuba certifications.

Vessel particulars:

Vessel Characteristics
  • Designer: Murray G. Peterson Associates
  • Builder: Howdy Bailey Marine Metals
  • Length Overall: 88 ft
  • Beam: 18.6 ft
  • Draft: 9 ft
  • Displacement: 75 Tons
  • Height of Main Mast: 95 ft
  • Sail Area: 4400 Sq. ft
  • Hull Material: Steel
  • Main Engine: Caterpillar 3208 (210 hp)
Principle Equipment
  • Generator: Westerbeke 15kw
  • Dive Compressor: Bauer Mariner 8.4 CFM
  • Air Conditioning: Marine Airr
  • Water Maker: Sea R.O. 800 gallons per day
  • Refrigeration: 2 x Seafrost BG 1000
  • Anchor handling: Galley Maid HW-40
  • Tenders: 2 x Avon SR4.0m (50hp and 30hp)
  • Communication: Iridium Phone/Data Service, Cellular Phone, SSB,VHF
Vessel Lines

Seamester Vessel S/Y Ocean Star Line Drawing

  • Vessel Characteristics
  • Principle Equipment
  • Vessel Lines
    • Designer: Murray G. Peterson Associates
    • Builder: Howdy Bailey Marine Metals
    • Length Overall: 88 ft
    • Beam: 18.6 ft
    • Draft: 9 ft
    • Displacement: 75 Tons
    • Height of Main Mast: 95 ft
    • Sail Area: 4400 Sq. ft
    • Hull Material: Steel
    • Main Engine: Caterpillar 3208 (210 hp)
    • Generator: Westerbeke 15kw
    • Dive Compressor: Bauer Mariner 8.4 CFM
    • Air Conditioning: Marine Airr
    • Water Maker: Sea R.O. 800 gallons per day
    • Refrigeration: 2 x Seafrost BG 1000
    • Anchor handling: Galley Maid HW-40
    • Tenders: 2 x Avon SR4.0m (50hp and 30hp)
    • Communication: Iridium Phone/Data Service, Cellular Phone, SSB,VHF
  • Seamester Vessel S/Y Ocean Star Line Drawing

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