Sunday 26th Sanctuary Cove Boat Show – The Expectations, The Surprises, And The Winner Is…

Friday we sell our house and travel to Queensland to visit our first ever boat show in our quest to find a new home of the floating variety.

The Boat Show Expectations:

I would love the Leopard it would be the pick of my boats

I wouldn’t like the Lagoon

I would love the Seawind  1250 even because of its obvious failings

The others would be of interest but wouldn’t steal my heart away

I can tell you the answer was WRONG to each of the points above.

Our first boat to look at was the new Lagoon 40 and it was my thinking to go there first with the Captain so he wouldn’t be comparing to other models so in effect giving the boat its best chance! Our first impressions were really positive she was light, bright, clever and comfortable.  We both liked her very much. The raised helm was OK, not ideal but not a killer. The Lagoon 45 was not liked and we only skipped around her quickly as we could tell straight off she wasn’t for us. What a fabulous start to my first ever boat show, I was really excited at this stage (and desperate for a cuppa).

French and French

Our next encounter was with Multihull Solutions who are the dealers for Catana and Fountain Pajot Catamarans. It was invitation only onto the Catana and we stood there  until  welcomed us aboard.  OMG it was love at first sight. This cat was everything and more my heart desired, she was so beautiful, she was perfect in size, layout and everything you could need. I walked on still concerned about the helm stations but David the Catana salesman was truly superb and put my mind at rest. As I walked around her, sat on her seats and moved from back to front and back again, I felt as though I belonged, this is the type of sailing home I could easily visualise myself in. I have forgotten to mention she is French… At this stage I am in LOVE and thirsty.

David kindly offered us a cuppa tea aboard there floating house boat and Kim kindly made us drinks and biscuits. Once we had regrouped we moved onto a private for sale vessel a Lipari 41 the range in the Fountain Pajot that we can tick the box immediately too.  Hmm I’m not sure why but she didn’t press any buttons, she was lovely and had all the right bits but after the Catana maybe she was unfairly positioned to be viewed in favour. A newer version is due out soon so we will wait and see.  Lipari mystery – brown bathroom bowls – why? Maybe it’s a French joke on the rest of us, very cool by half.

Lipari 41 bathroom

Onto the Leopard 44 – For weeks prior I had been on to the official website, read every review, followed the Leopard Blogs, watched the App, showed her to friends and family, and looked at every boat on the market in the Leopard range. Hence I walked into the queue with a smug feeling of someone who thinks there ready to enter the ring to do battle. Ouch, pride cometh before a fall.  What was happening? I didn’t like her and I can’t tell you why but my inner voice was very loud in saying not the right boat for you. So much was wrong and we all thought the same. But how can this be? – Agh how do you turn that inner voice thing off when you are sure you don’t want to hear. I really wanted to love the Leopard but our first date was horrible.


Next a lunch interlude to recover from my emotional encounter with a Leopard  Cat that purred from the sidelines but was hissing and scratching once I got up close and personal – what is going on, I was still wondering.
(Lunch was an abysmal 4/10 and it only got a 4 – the worst fish and chips I have ever purchased, ever.)

A Lightwave Encounter

Next was the Lightwave 38,the only remaining Australian built Catamaran within Australia, she was saddled right up beside the Seawind Show making for interesting comparison. First impression was nice. Nice steps, nice colours, nice bits and nice things, but hold on what was that familiar feeling I was experiencing? I know this boat is really similar to the Seawind or am I mistaken?
Sitting in the salon was an owner of a 45 (I can’t recall his name) and Lightwave was his passion. Sales people take note, he was engaging, informative and passionate. He asked us questions; he told us the good points, was truthful with the compromises and most importantly sold the dream of Lightwave ownership. But hold on he wasn’t a Lightwave representative, but wait he says and goes and collects the wife of the builder. As lovely as she was it was like she was drowning in the aspect of selling and needed a boat to rescue her. The builder owner of the company was chatting on the back seat and didn’t talk to us – Strange indeed…

Lightwave impression – nice once again, but not for us, I do wish them the very best though as this is one tough market. My advice get a new website, employ the owner or someone else who can sell your business for you as you have a nice product but it won’t sell itself. Remember we were on your boat to be sold too; your aim was so fair off mark I left a little sad and disappointed.

Next the big Girl (boy) in Australia Boating

A visit on the Seawind 1250, the one my Dad was most keen on, whereas me I had already mentally moved on but was willing to reconsider.
Seawind 1250
So what went wrong for lovers Seawind and I?

In the end both lovers are to blame…

Seawind helped sell me the dream, the belief that I can do this and this boating dream is my future. I have watched countless times there promotional videos, listened to pod casts, read all their owner blogs and visited owners boats and talked the talk and walked on the haloed ground of the 1160. The 1250 was the golden chalice waiting for me but to drink from her and walked on her beautiful hull at Sanctuary Cove.

The reason for our movement away from this boat was in small steps, each one a blow that resulted in its death as a sale to us serious owners. Blow one was the back outside area, as great as the lifting doors they compromise too much with no lounge table area. As a fan of lounging, eating and drinking I find this a very unattractive, two high chairs perched up in the air just don’t sell long term comfort to me. Blow two to five, were small and glancing but included the headroom, the gallery position, the bed so high up and facing the wrong way and then final small blow flirting with Graeme and being told you can only talk to Terry. I eventually realised this was not a match made in heaven, and even though breaking up would be hard to do it had to happen.

So I’m sorry Seawind I feel out of love with you. I tried but it was never going to work and no doubt you won’t miss me as you have many suitors and admirers.

In Summary to why Seawind you are so wrong for me.story-broken-heart-119896

Your 1160 is too small and your expensive, beautiful, the amazing 1250 is too manly and boy like for a girl like me. My advice, which you probably don’t want, is you need to get in touch with your feminine side a little and address some of our concerns with workable solutions and options, include a put away table, more cushions for the front as standard, chairs for the back would be a good start and most importantly get a united team happening who think about client first and their commission second.  At the show there was definitely too much show not enough relationship and encounter with me the great unwashed who came aboard.

And the Winner Is…

So at the end of the weekend the outstanding winner was Miss Catana, Lagoon a surprising second.

Oh No! She cries she is so much more than I wanted to invest in, but she is so perfect, how can I fall in love with such a beauty and is she attainable? “Miss Catana” not only satisfies my desires she is quick and nimble, and likes to face up into the wind making the Captain ever so happy.
So here lays the new dilemma – I have fallen in love with a French, Wonder, Beauty, Classic and now need to change the game plan to see if she can be mine. Already my head and heart are filling with ways around, solutions and possible ideas to fund this dream – how exciting, Let the Adventure Begin!

The Winner Is


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  1. the Miss

    Hi Gordon,

    Thank you for your comment. It gives me great assurance and heart to hear your first hand story from the Catana factory. The new Catana 59 looks amazing! The Helia 44 is a beautiful boat, and the room inside was like a hotel, I kept walking around the new one we saw in Queensland going OMG. The fact that you have traveled already so far sounds wonderful I would love to chat with you one day to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks for joining team Miss Catana

    the Miss

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