The Versatile Seawind 1250 catamaran
Whether there's a stiff breeze blowing, or the sea is calm, Seawinds catamarans are at their best with the "roof off." Sporty by nature without being too aggressive, they are firm favorites with antipodean sailors and, following a restructuring are all set to take on the world. In fact, although still fiercely proud of their Australian roots, the catamarans are now produced in Vietnam. Despite this, these catamarans still retain all of the attributes that have gone towards building their reputation over the last thirty years. So a quick spin around Sydney harbour in the shadow of the fabulous Opera House on board the 1250, the latest model, was a chance not to be missed. Here are our first impressions.
In the sailing kingdom that is Australia, the
multihull is king. Richard Ward, who created Seawind in 1982, made great
efforts to make the boats available to as many people as possible and not just
the elite. Over the last thirty years he's seen pretty much everything, even
exile! Have no fear, it was a voluntary decision! What happened was that after
the 2010 takeover of the trimaran constructor Corsair, which produces its boats
in Vietnam, the decision was taken to move the production of the Seawind there
too. This was obviously a difficult decision for Richard, but one which made a
lot of economic sense in terms of streamlining production with the help of
their new Asian cousin.
There are three models in the Seawind range: the Seawind 1000 catamaran, the Seawind 1160 catamaran and the Seawind 1250 catamaran, all with certain distinct traits. They are designed and built with the Australian climate in mind: intense heat, bright sunshine and more often than not, light winds. Access on board from the quayside is via wide steps on the transom, which are flanked by very smart and reassuring stainless steel handrails. We don't go straight into the cockpit, but are half-way between there and the bridge, where the aft beam is evidence of the solid construction.
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