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Old 28-01-2015, 08:31   #16
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Re: Cats that do not feel like a coffin

maybe you should consider going to the other side to avoid the twin coffins? you know the monohull wide body models
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Old 28-01-2015, 14:20   #17
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Re: Cats that do not feel like a coffin

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.
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Old 28-01-2015, 18:53   #18
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maybe you should consider going to the other side to avoid the twin coffins? you know the monohull wide body models
LOL We already own a 30' coffin, although with 6-4 standing headroom, it doesn't feel opressive. Of course, from the outside. it resembles a wedding cake
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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.
That looks like a really great design! Thanks for the advice.
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Old 28-01-2015, 19:42   #20
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Re: Cats that do not feel like a coffin

With those big fold-up doors, how do you keep insects out of the Seawind 1160?
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Re: Cats that do not feel like a coffin

We have friends with a 1250, essentially pretty similar to the 1160, they have flyscreens which fit right across the triple door, weighted down at the bottom with some lead. Seems to work well.
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We have friends with a 1250, essentially pretty similar to the 1160, they have flyscreens which fit right across the triple door, weighted down at the bottom with some lead. Seems to work well.
can I asked where you got your flyscreens from? I need some of those for my regular slider. thanks!
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A lot of those screens are sold in Australia in the $2 type shops.The ones I have seen have been screwed into the outside and top frames of the door way and they open in the middle like a curtain but are kept closed with a number of opposing small magnets so simply pull apart and walk through.Seen them for around $10 AUD.
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Re: Cats that do not feel like a coffin

What cats have you been on that feel coffin like?


Other than in some of the staterooms, an some really old British designs, Even the worst main cabins are open an airy with lots of light.


Even in our little Gemini which someone suggested as not having good lighting, we have a 5' window down each side, 3 large 2' square windows across the back, the main windshield above, a couple of smaller side windows and then with 2 bulkhead openings forward allowing light and view out the lower secondary windshield.


We actually spend more effort limiting light (and the associated greenhouse effect) than trying to get more.
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Re: Cats that do not feel like a coffin

I would suggest charter a couple different designs. You will find you spend very little time below in the hulls if galley up, sleeping and head use only. About it 90% of your awake time is on bridge deck or top side. Much different from a monohull. As mentioned above we do all we can do to keep it dark below.

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I would suggest charter a couple different designs. You will find you spend very little time below in the hulls if galley up, sleeping and head use only. About it 90% of your awake time is on bridge deck or top side. Much different from a monohull. As mentioned above we do all we can do to keep it dark below.

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Great suggestion. We hardly spend any time awake in our hulls. Somedays I never go down below from 8am to 10pm.


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A lot of those screens are sold in Australia in the $2 type shops.The ones I have seen have been screwed into the outside and top frames of the door way and they open in the middle like a curtain but are kept closed with a number of opposing small magnets so simply pull apart and walk through.Seen them for around $10 AUD.
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Wouldn't those magnets potentially interfere with compasses?
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Wouldn't those magnets potentially interfere with compasses?
Maybe they do but are quite small and no one I know that has them fitted has commented,.But then again they are probably like me and forget there is actually a compass on board.
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Wouldn't those magnets potentially interfere with compasses?
They're pretty weak magnets, and would need to be pretty close to the compass to interfere. You'd get far stronger magnetic fields from your autopilot motor, your fridge compressor, etc etc.
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