With four boats that shared many common characteristics, the Best Cruising Catamaran Under 50 Feet class was one of 2019’s most competitive. The quartet of yachts — the Bali 4.1, Fountaine Pajot Astréa 42, Lagoon 40 and Seawind 1260 — all came in at under 42 feet and recorded fairly similar displacement/length ratios. Other than the Seawind, in varying percentages each model was destined for duty in the bareboat charter trade. They were all very versatile yachts.
Here’s what the judges said about the Seawind 1260
“But the one thing about the Seawind that I loved was the dual helms. “It’s the whole visibility thing that we see on many cats, where the helmsman’s view is compromised on one tack or the other. That wasn’t an issue on the Seawind.”
“Look at those stainless-steel welds on the seawind 1260. they’re just mind- boggling.”
“Maybe barring places like the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn, to me the Seawind 1260 is a boat that can take people pretty much anywhere in the world. I think it’s the clear winner as the Best Cruising Catamaran Under 50 Feet”.
NZ Seawind agent, Steve Thomas says “The secrets finally out. Seawind Cats have wowed Australian sailors for many years. It’s our turn to do the same here. Judging by the reaction of the Cruising World judges, it won’t be long before Seawinds are a familiar sight around our beautiful coastlines”.
For more info contact Steve Thomas, Ph 0274 459197
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