Originally Posted by SV DestinyAscen
I'm confident you'll find the weight difference between the 1000XL and the new 1160 is less than a ton. That isn't a lot of materials in the hull
considering how much more gear
and amenities it has.
Just looked it up and the 1190 has a displacement
of 15,400 pounds and the 1000XL2 has a displacement
0f 12,100 pounds. I know you posted about different Seawinds but the difference may be a little more than you claim.
In any case the cost of a boat
is a lot more than just a hull
. The 1190 has electric
motors to lift
the outboards which are 20hp compared to the 9.9 in the 1000. Larger sail area which I expect would mean larger winches and running and standing rigging
. Also has improved rudders which I take to mean more expensive. There was also a more complex, and expensive, divider between the salon
and the cockpit
in the 1000XL compared to the original 1000. I suspect the electronics
have also been upgraded as Seawind
produced newer models.
is not alone in producing models that were larger and had more creature comforts, just look at the French boats that have gone in the direction of making floating condos; even as in some cases the sail area has been reduced.
Another consideration for me is what I will call the difference, at least in my mind, between a cruiser and a pocket cruiser
. Before I bought my boat
I looked at several Fboats. No question they are nice boats; easy to trailer, faster than most boats in the harbor, plenty of room for camping on a boat type cruising, lots of them in the market and better resale than many other boats. But there is no question a Seawind 1000 type (850, 1000, 1000XL, 1000XL2) boat is much more of a cruiser. I have gone over three months without needing to restock the boat with foot, water
, or fuel
Of course the newer, larger than 1000 Seawinds are even more capable cruisers but I am not sure they would be as easy to single
hand as my Seawind. Another consideration for me was how seaworthy
the boat was. While I adhere to the advice on a plaque on my Dad's old boat "O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small" there is no question in my mind that a Seawind 1000 is much more seaworthy
than any of the other pocket cruisers I have seen.
I also looked at several other pocket cruisers like a Telstar, Stiletto, and some home build plywood
boats. Bottom line for me was for a boat that did what I wanted a pocket cruiser
simply did not measure up.