Seawind 1170

Compact but built for the high seas

Over the years, small Australian builder Seawind, has become a key figure in the globalized world of cruising catamarans. With the Seawind 1170, the shipyard is taking an interesting option by offering modern design and remarkable habitability in a hull of less than 40 feet, a size somewhat shunned by the larger builders. What’s more, Seawind has succeeded in building this small boat without sacrificing performance. For that, the requirements were simple: building a compact ocean-capable cruising catamaran... that’s what we’re going to find out!

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Test location: Annapolis (Maryland - USA)
Conditions: Calm sea, 10 to 18 knots of wind, 9 people on board

The man behind Seawind is Richard Ward, an accomplished sailor and ocean racer who decided one day - 40 years ago - to build his own catamaran, just off the beach in Australia. More than 40 years later, Seawind has become a recognized brand worldwide, and even a group, with the acquisition in 2010 of the Corsair Marine brand. The company employs over 550 people and is present on virtually every continent. The Seawind range now includes no fewer than eight models, from 38 to 52 feet.

One ambition: to design an ocean-capable catamaran under 40 feet

The 1170 is a 39-foot unit, a relatively small size in the world of cruising catamarans. However, this catamaran features a very interesting use of space. Built in a new factory in Izmir, Turkey, the Seawind is presented by the shipyard as a compact ocean-capable catamaran.
Aesthetically, the 1170 benefits from a significant styling evolution compared to the 1190 and 1260, with more elongated lines - very similar to those of the 1370. The interior space has also been improved. The long hull portholes are still there, but t...

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