First let me say I own a Seawind 1000, I have been on a couple 1160's and chartered the 1200 twice. I have been sailing cats for 10+ years.
The 1200 is a wonderful rough water
boat, she really sits well on the big stuff. The 1200 is cheaper, larger and heavier but there is no doubt about the 1160 being faster and definitely worth more money
I have read concerns (from people that haven't sailed the boat) about having to look through the Seawind salon
, let me tell you it's just a non issue. In fact having a 14 foot wide hard dodger
is pretty hard to beat when it's cold.
FYI regarding sailing speed of a Seawind, In the 2011 Georgetown
my SW1000 was PHRF rated faster than a Lagoon 410. (A 33' boat against a 41 footer) I started well behind the 410, outpointed him and won first overall.
My little boat really points well. On main and jib
I can point usefully at 35 to 38 apparent. Best VMG is probably around that 38 degree mark. I had a large loose luff headsail built that tacks to the upwind bow and hauls on the spin halyard
, it's cut pretty flat. With it, I can sail upwind at 30 degrees apparent even in light airs... I had it made to keep from having to motor
sail when it's slow, and it certainly adds a knot
or better in a pinch.... It also adds pointing ability if you stay on top of sail trim. It's easy to create excess lee force with the big flat sail close hauled when it's blowing 5.
I call the big headsail a "Creatcher" because it's like a Screatcher without the big "S" at the front.... (no big luff pocket that pops when you get under 55 degrees apparent) so I left the "S" off the name too, and it fit. It flies similar to a code zero
In summary, the 1200 is a larger simpler design that is older technology so it's cheaper. The 1160 is a sweet little boat with a lot of wow factor. It's a sleeker nicer and faster boat than the 1200.
To get as much bang for your buck in the "liveability" department, in my mind you would need to go all the way up to a Lagoon 440
... and then you would barely beat the spaces provided in the 1160. If your 6'6" the Lagoon would be a nice choice, but for the normal guy... the 1160 wins for many reasons.
I was going to stop several paragraphs ago, but I want to add just one more thing. Being an experienced cruiser, there is an intangeable quality that makes the 1160 my choice over a larger 1200 or 410/etc. When you get over about 38 feet it's exponetially harder to move the boat, to pick up and sail..... That becomes important on an extended cruise
. What happens is a big boat becomes a moveable house, but the smaller boat is much more mobile and easy to move about and see new things.
Another intangible relating to size is: The bigger the boat the fewer "drop by's" you'll have. What I mean by that is with the open design of the smaller boat you live outside more and make more friends. If you want to be by yourself buy a big boat that seems "unapproachable" in the harbor.
Just some thoughts I have never seen expressed that mean a lot when your deciding on a ship that fits your lifestyle.
Sea Yawl Later !! Rusty