Seawind 1600 - the best performance bluewater cruiser
Sailors will appreciate the practical elements incorporated throughout. The design itself has particularly narrow hulls at waterline level, a low freeboard and coachroof, and the incorporation of a proper payload capacity into the light displacement. The choice of performance monohull specialists to design a cruising cat is unusual, yet here the combination of Reichel Pugh’s reputation for winning lines and Seawind’s three decades of catamaran building experience has worked admirably. Read these 3 different perspectives on the Seawind 1600.
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Seawind Catamarans has dominated the local twin hull cruising scene for more than 35 years, but their latest 16-metre performance cat is about to show a new face to the traditionally-conservative brand.
Back in October, visitors to the Barcelona show discovered a brand new model from the Australian builder Seawind: the 1600. Following the Catalan show, we tested this seductive catamaran, designed by the Californian Reichel-Pugh team. Resolutely different from European or South African productions, this catamaran with a distinctive personality gave us some nice surprises.
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When a slot opened up on the delivery trip of the new Seawind 1600 Northstar, I leapt at the opportunity. The journey would take the 1600 south from Vietnam, across the South China Sea to Singapore, a good 600 nautical mile journey. This would be a fantastic chance to give this impressive new design a good shakedown.