All good questions, so I thought I'd chime in. I owned an 1160 for about a year, and cruised it from the west coast
of FL up to new england
positions are generally quite good for weather
protection. We sailed without side 'clears', and still didn't get too wet. I would, however, highly recommend getting that set of side protection! If worried about weather
from the stern, it would be relatively easy to get a stern shade or panel fabricated that you could install during rough weather or for sun protection. Having chartered many cats now, I still like the Seawind
To your question regarding an interior
forward-facing position, this was certainly a drawback from my experience. On long watches, or during bad weather, staying inside the saloon
is very desirable, and the lack of a forward-facing position for watchkeeping is a real drawback on this boat
. We ended up using a beanbag chair in the main settee area (with the table down in the berth setup) which worked fairly well. Still, larger boats that have a forward facing nav in the main saloon
is the ideal setup.
Overall, I would say the one aspect of the Seawind
that is overlooked compared to other production cats in the same market segment is just how easy they are to maneuver and how little (comparatively) windage they have. Our seawind was a joy to sail, easy to handle, and was great in close maneuvers inside marinas
or tight quarters. The low freeboard is awesome. We've looked at all the other options from FP, Lagoon
, etc, and if I had the money
to buy a brand new 40 foot cat, I'd go for a Seawind again without any qualms.
is a challenge on the boat
, but that's the trade-off with having a small, well-sailing cat compared to the floating condos...