Interesting replys. We have been full time cruising on our Seawind 1160
for three years now. Not just good visibility, airflow, and room in the salon
, but also in the hulls as well. We chose the Seawind 1160
because as a sailor for fifty years, and as an engineer
it seemed to me to be one of the safest catamarans in the 38 to 43 foot class. We have a down galley
which is still a part of the social structure beginning in the salon
. This is possible because the sides of the salon are open to the hulls, not just a small companion way fron salon to hull
, which is more typical. We also use sun screens in very high sun, although unless actually sailing, with all hatches open, the air flow usually is enough. I have always been suspect of large horizontal windows and windows with horizontal louvers. Both seem to me to be problems in green water
and possible breaking waves. I know of at least one cat with louvers that had its salon windows completely stove in.
Anyway, I would at least look at the Seawind
1160 or the new 1160Lite.