BENEFITS OF A CATAMARAN
At Seawind catamarans we are regularly asked “Convince me why I should buy a catamaran instead of a monohull”. Like everything, there are pluses and there are minuses and we try to give the person a balanced answer. Of course the pluses and minuses are more or less compelling for different people depending on their circumstances and their sailing ambitions. However, a growing number of people are coming down heavily one side and becoming firm catamaran converts. For the cruising sailor, the advantages are many.
1- Level, no heel sailing Leaning over at 25 degrees can be exciting and fun – for a while. In a very short time the novelty wears off and the attraction of level sailing is pretty obvious. The cruising cat rarely heels more than 5 degrees and most often less. This makes offshore passages less tiring, helps drink and food stay on the table, sleeping doesn't involve a balancing act and reefing in heavy weather is not done on a rolling slippery deck. The advantages are endless.
2 – Great sailing performance
In most weather conditions, today's modern production built cats will sail at speeds 20 to 50% faster than a similar length monohull.
3 – Space/roominess
The modern cruising cat is much roomier than its equivalent length monohull. In fact, to get the same facilities as on the 33ft Seawind 1000 it is estimated you would have to go to a 45ft yacht. The Seawind 1160 has features found on few monohulls under 60ft.
4 – Shallow draft
Even without the extreme of daggerboards, the cruising cat will draw less than 3ft allowing access to areas that would terrify a monohull. Often getting in close means better protection and a safer, more comfortable anchorage. With shoal draft keels, such as on the Seawind 1000 and Seawind 1160, the catamaran can be beached without damage. This a real bonus for under hull maintenance and antifouling.
5 – Manoeuvrability With twin propellers set 10 to 15 feet apart the modern cat is a pure joy to maneuver and is superior to most powerboats, let alone any monohull sailboat.
6 – Unsinkability
The modern cruising cat, built of lightweight FRP/foam construction is virtually unsinkable offering a level of offshore safety not available to monohulls with a ballasted keel. In the rare event of holing the hull the monohull sailor has only the Liferaft for survival. In a catamaran, the same damage may not even seriously affect the sailing performance as the boat is sufficiently buoyant under even these conditions. In extreme damage, the catamaran will still float offering a high level of safety to its crew. The list goes on and from these advantages grow many others. For instance, we have witnessed amazing changes in how families sail together on a catamaran. For many families, the catamaran has meant the kids can bring their friends without overcrowding the boat. Guests do not have to be yachties to enjoy the day and entertaining can be done with style and without stress. The most compelling argument of all must be this: monohull sailors are converting to multihulls by the truckload. It is rare to hear of any of these ever going back. Once a cat sailor and you are hooked for life.
Available in both cruising and sport packages, and offering the advantages of a modern performance catamaran while keeping the performance of a long distance cruiser. Optimized in collaboration between two of the industry’s leading multihull designers, the 1190 has been developed for sailors looking for performance without compromise on comfort or range.
Welcome aboard the Seawind 1160 Deluxe, blue water cruising catamaran. One of the world’s most awarded cruising and charter catamarans. With over 100 hulls now built, the Seawind 1160 has won numerous awards including:
Most Innovative Sailboat (Cruising World Magazine 2007)
Best Multihull Cruiser (Cruising World Magazine 2007)
Best Sailboat of the Newport Boat Show, RI – USA (2006)
Best Australian Consumer Product (Endeavour Manufacturing Awards 2007)
Australian Sailboat of the Year (AIMIF 2005)
Nominated for Top Ten Boats of the Year (SAIL Magazine 2007)
The Seawind 1160 Deluxe creatively blends key concepts of other popular Seawind models to create a design that successfully combines the huge living space and allround visibility of the Seawind 1000, with the sleeping accommodation, luxurious fitout and security of the lockable Saloon featured on the Seawind 1200. Thanks to the innovative TRIFOLDING DOOR system that converts the separate saloon and cockpit separated by a door, into a huge living and entertaining space with the doors folding and stowing away into the targa above.
Since its launch, the 38ft Seawind 1160 catamaran has won a huge array of awards internationally, including “Best Multihull” Cruising World Mag 2007, “Most Innovative” Cruising World 2007, “Best Sailboat” Newport Boat Show 2006, the 2005 Australian Sailboat of the Year and many others. Over 100 Seawind 1160s have been sold all around the world due to its superior use of space and outstanding performance attributes.
Seawind owners have sailed across the Pacific ocean from Australia to Alaska, via New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii, while other owners have cruised through SE Asia. You will also find the Seawind 1160 catamaran is a favorite in bareboat charter fleets in Australia and Thailand, yet also equally as popular as a weekender on harbors all around the world. It’s this versatility combined with superior workmanship and quality that define the Seawind 1160.
The Seawind 1160 Deluxe also features:
Resin infusion construction with hull in Vinylester resin
Fully moulded carbon forebeam for stiffness
Dual helm for maximum control
Self tacking jib
Extended hardtop area
In 2004 Seawind Catamarans launched the 38ft Seawind 1160… a ground breaking and innovative design that gained worldwide acclaim for its clever layout and use of space, ergonomic design and effi cient short-handed sailing performance. With well over 100 Seawind 1160s launched and sailing the world, the design has been well proven, from crossing the world’s largest oceans to chartering in the beautiful locations such as the Whitsundays, Thailand and Caribbean. Now with the Seawind and Corsair Marine design teams joining forces, a whole new approach is being taken to this classic design.
Philosophy: Simple, Fast & Light!
Though the Seawind 1160 LITE will feature the same resininfused construction and same hull, deck, rig, sails and the famous Trifold door system of the previous 100 or so Seawind 1160s built, the design team have gone back to the drawing board on how to streamline the design to offer a robust cruising cat at a very attractive price.
One of the most noticeable differences on board the Seawind 1160 LITE is the new sleek interior design and fit out. The timber kit will be replaced with lightweight and stylish timber look laminate surfaces, with a new contemporary neutral colour palette as specified by Seawind’s interior stylist. The upholstery will be modern, angular, yet practical with a range of hard wearing Sunbrella fabrics to choose from.
The Seawind 1160 LITE also changes from the traditional diesel sail drives to lighter 20hp Honda (or 25hp Yamaha) outboard engines with electric tilt.
The layout will remain largely unchanged, though the ensuite on the starboard forward cabin will be replaced with a walk in wardrobe and wet locker.
The galley will be simplifi ed with an upright fridge/freezer and 3 burner stove, but still offered the same amount of storage with ring lockers, a handy shelf and plenty of cupboard space – far more in fact than in larger cats with galley up designs.
Benefits of Outboards
- Significant weight reduction
- No drag when sailing
- No growth on legs
- No electrolysis
- Low maintenance & low replacement costs
- Fuel stored external to the cabin
- More storage internally on the boat
The Seawind 1160 LITE also features:
- Resin infusion construction with hull in Vinylester resin
- Fully molded carbon forebeam for stiffness
- Dual helm for maximum control
- Self-tacking jib
- Extended hardtop area