5 REASONS THE SEAWIND 1260 IS THE BEST CATAMARAN UNDER 50 FEET
In 2018 the highly respected Cruising World Magazine voted the Seawind 1260 the best catamaran under 50 feet up against other major brands including Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon and Bali. Here are five reasons we believe why the Seawind 1260 is the sailor’s choice and the best option under 50 feet.
1: Up to 30% Lighter than comparable designs
Compared to other production catamarans around 41 feet LOA (ie Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon, Bali, Leopard), the Seawind 1260 offers a displacement of up to 30% less than its counterparts. At just 8T (light displacement for comparison’s sake) the 1260 is significantly lighter and therefore more nimble, easier to tack, faster to accelerate and provides on average greater performance. So if you are a sailor, you will appreciate sailing this boat and its performance is unmatched by any other mini-keel production cat.
2: Keep the Boom Low and Go, Go, Go!
A key design philosophy and feature of all Seawinds is to avoid pushing the helm position up like its an afterthought and keep it on the same level as the living area. This allows the boom and goose-neck to be much lower than most production catamarans, which means your centre of effort is lower, pitching reduces significantly and you gain more sail area meaning performance is much better.
3: Supreme Safety
The twin helm position not only provides surprisingly good 360 degree visibility from either side of the boat, but it also encases the skipper and crew inside a very well protected safety capsule, providing unbeatable weather protection from the coachroof, targa roof and single level sailing without constant steps up and down to the helm. The construction of the Seawind 1260 is also above average, with a fully resin infused vinyl ester monocoque structure that connects the hull, deck and internal furniture into one complete piece of fibreglass. Seawind has an amazing safety record despite being put through some of the world’s most gruelling conditions in the Southern Ocean.
4: Indoor / Outdoor Open living - No Hydraulics needed
The innovative tri-fold door system converts the boat from having the security of a centre bulkhead separating the outdoor cockpit and internal saloon, into a large alfresco dining and living space as the door fold away and stow up into the ceiling of the cockpit roof. There are no complicated hydraulics needed here either that can fail with low batteries, instead, the door raises with a simple retrieval rope that diverts back to an electric winch with manual override. In addition, add massive opening toughened glass windows and lots of hatches, the Seawind must have the best natural ventilation available so less need for AC.
5: 35 Years of Experience
From sailing around the South Pacific, to ocean racing, to cruising on catamarans, Richard Ward’s sailing experience has no doubt had an impact to his commitment to safe and simple sailing designs over his 35-year career as owner of Seawind Catamarans. With a core team of very experienced Australian and international shipwrights, quality remains of utmost importance and the Australian passion for sailing lives through each and every build.
The Seawind 1260 is a true blue water sailing catamaran, designed and built to survive the toughest conditions at sea. A sailing boat first and foremost, there is no compromise on safety at any stage in the design and build of these wonderful catamarans.