by Steve Lague

Seawind, Australia’s premiere designer of cruising catamarans, will launch a new flagship model, the Seawind 1600, this year. At nearly 52 feet, this cruising cat is ideal for families looking for a long-distance cruiser that can handle offshore passage in safety and comfort. Designed by world-renowned naval architects Reichel Pugh, Seawind said its latest model will provide the perfect balance between cruising comfort and performance sailing. Using high-end composite construction materials and techniques it has been pitched at the sailor who is looking for something a little extra.
The company believes that with simple sailing systems, twin protected helms and a large, open cockpit the blue water cruising catamaran will set a new standard for offshore sailing, offering state of the art equipment and world class luxury.
The interior will be available in two distinct finishes, what it calls “European” and “Traditional”. It will also be available in two configurations — four cabins (two in each hull) that will be aimed at charter companies, a big part of Seawinds business, or larger families, or three cabins where the entire starboard hull becomes a spacious owner’s suite with an island berth aft and a sizable bathroom with separate toilet and shower forward. The other two bedrooms and a second bathroom/toilet will be housed in the port hull.
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Seawind 1600 4In keeping with other Seawind models the galley, which comes fully equipped with a three-burner LPG stove top and oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer and double sink is on the port side of the saloon.
The cockpit has twin helms up under the hardtop that will make life easier for the skipper when manoeuvring in tight quarters or docking. They are also raised to ensure good visibility forward. An L-shaped lounge and dining table in starboard corner will cater for eight people. There is a  second 8-seater dining table in the large saloon area that also has a separate map table and lounge seating for eight as well as a flat screen TV that drops down from the ceiling and built-in audio system.
For those times when there is no wind, or you simply don’t want the fuss of setting sails twin Twin Yanmar 53hp saildrive diesel engines that will push the big cat along a comfortable 8 knots.
While Seawind has not set a date for the completion of the first model it is aiming to have it completed by the middle of the year.

Overall Length: 15.74m
Beam: 7.9m
Max. Draft: 2.6m
Min. Draft: 0.54m
Displacement: 13,000kgs
Engines: 2 x Yanmar 53hp (40Kw)
Fuel: 750 litres
Water: 600 litres
Mainsail: 100 sq m
Jib: 44.5 sq m