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The Versatile Seawind 1250

Published on 01 april 2014 at 0h00

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Whether there's a stiff breeze blowing, or the sea is calm, Seawinds 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 boats are now produced in Vietnam. Despite this, they 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. To avoid any damage, the molds were transported by cargo ship. We actually met the happy owner of a boat that had been molded in Australia and fitted out in Ho Chi Minh City! The move took quite a long time, but everything is now in place and production is up and running. The boats can be shipped to you anywhere in the world, or alternatively, you can take possession of your latest purchase in Thailand, and make the most of one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the world without all the usual hol...

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