Considering I spent so much of my past year devoted to looking and thinking about the Seawind 1250 I thought you may be interested in my review of this boat. It was the first cat I fell in love with. I only went on the 1250 twice so my below review is from a standing on not sailing on buying perspective, but it includes all the research and talking to Seawind sales team when looking closely at this boat as a possibility.
Brand: Seawind 1250
Nationality: Australian with a touch of Asia (manufactured in Vietnam)
Berths: up to 10
Cabins: 3 or 4
Overall Length: 41ft/12.45m
Waterline Length : 11.97m
Width: 6.8 m Draft: 1.16 m
Sail Area Mainsail: 61 sqm
Jib: 24 sqm
Asymmetric spinnaker: 66 sqm
Mast Height off Water: 18.79m
Diesel Sail Drives 2 x 29hp Yanmar
Fuel: 480 litres
Fresh Water: 700 litres
A little about the 1250. Seawind took the popular and great selling 1160 and grew it up to a big 1250 cat designed to travel around the world. The 1250 works on the principal if your onto a good thing stick to it. This boat has serious cruising and look at me credibility.
My first thought when walking toward the 1250 is an imposing, handsome meow indeed. The overwhelming feeling from these boats is room, lots of it. Like a blondes big hair and chest Seawind’s signature feature is the tri folding lifting doors. When I read other reviews and they speak of Australian design flair this is it, the tri-fold design is clever with flair rolled into one. By taking the doors up and away the back of the boat becomes part of the saloon so it gives you a whole lot of room and whether you like it or not, yours will be the obvious party boat in the bay.
All this room feels so Australian. We Australians just love space, it’s one of those badge of honours we have in regards to our way of life, so it seems natural that Australian boats are designed reflecting this. The 1250 kitchen also left its positive mark, it has the same amount of room and storage as a small apartment and the view, regardless of position will always be amazing. You can opt for an upstairs kitchen if you wish but it seems to defeat the purpose of all that room gained from the clever disappearing doors.
“My OMG I Love” Aspects of the 1250
LOTS to love about the 1250!
The outside freezer hidden under the chair- what a top idea and every other boat builder should be stealing this concept today. The table in the salon that goes up and down to make an extra bed, coffee table or dinner table. Twin Helms – the Captain gives these a big tick Bimini with see through windows – a nice touch the salon windows. Those windows are huge and strong. Importantly they open to let the air in. The Complete Package – Seawind People take a bow.
I love the fact that this blue water cruiser is ready to sail away. It has the washing machine, water maker and all the other “standards” the rest make us tick and pay for. Once again it is all a matter of taste as you definitely pay for the “package” . My gripe with others (OK Catana) was that the freezer and sails are considered as optional extra. (I’m still shaking my head… I need to get over it I know, so I promise this is the last time I will mention it on my site) I loved the dedicated office area before you enter the main bedroom
Great storage, Quality finishes everywhere including leather seating. Bathroom was amazing and huge, I love loved loved the 1250 bathroom. BBQ sitting in place ready to go, room to move, Sales support and team. OK it goes without saying that you expect good service when selling luxury items like catamarans but the Seawind team where impressive (except at the boat show, Sanctuary Boat Show review).
“Really I Don’t Like That” Aspects of the 1250
The tri-fold doors encroach on outside sitting area too much for me. I know, I can hear all those who love these doors saying I missed the point, but I am yet to be convinced. (this doesn’t take away from them being clever) The main bed facing to the side. Personal preference I know but I hate the idea of moving forward from the side.
Anybody else think this or is it just me? The Bed being so high up in the air. This surely makes for interesting space usage at certain times…need I say more.
Cost – Seawinds are expensive even with moving business to Asia, so you have to really love these cats to justify not going to the overseas competition for more bang for your dollar No accommodating for a table outside – Seawind, you guys should have a solution for this lack of foresight.
Words to describe this Cat Australian, clever design, roomy, adaptable, strong, quality boy in nature.
Photos of the 1250 (The below photos I took from the web and if Seawind are not happy with me using their photos please tell me and I will take them down!)
If you like the look of the Seawind and want to know more contact sales manager Brent Vaughan at www.seawindcats.com the Miss