Originally Posted by Tropic Cat
I saw my first Seawind
last year. It was a 1000. It was docked next to a Leopard
38. What struck me is how much lower in the water
she sat when compared to the Leopard
. A good 18" less free board than the African boat. Also, the owners were on board and we spoke for a bit, and I just couldn't get used to the lack of a rear bulkhead. The world can look in the boat when she's at the dock
It's a fact they are well thought of boats. However, even if they sail circles around the competition this boat would take some getting used to.
My 1000 with three foot stern extensions is currently on a ball at Boot Key Marina. There are several other cats there and I, sometimes with a friend, take the dinky to the dock
a couple of times a day often checking out the new cats. What struck me most about the Seawind was how much narrower the hulls were than the Leopards and most of the other cats. There is a Shuttleworth
there and it has similar narrow hulls but it has less freeboard than the Seawind. There was a second Seawind here for a while and agreement that the Shuttlewort and the Seawind were the fastest boats there, at least till an Fboat showed up.
Your point about seeing inside the Seawind can be turned around, you can also see out in every direction so visibility is great. Mine has canvas
in place of the doors the 1160 has so you can restrict visibility inside if you wish. One monohull
guy I took sailing made the comment that looking at other cats from the stern was like looking at a brick wall while the Seawind had great visibility. Kinda double edge sword.
Of course the Leopards, Mantas, and similar cats may not keep up with the Seawind, but because the hulls probably have twice the beam of a Seawind there is a lot more room (and weight) which again can be a double edge sword.
Don't take this to mean a Seawind is the fastest cat around, or that is in the Fboat class in terms of living space. All boats are compromises. The trick is to pick one that suits your needs in terms of speed, living space, level of ease to sail, other things of interest, and price
I really like the fact that my Seawind has twin outboards in wells amidships. The down side is that in some conditions even with a long shaft the prop can lose contact with the water
for a short time. Of course the upside is the lower cost to maintain and replace compared to an inboard.
For me this was a Seawind, but for others a different boat may suit them better.