Three words sprang to mind when a first look at the Seawind 1260 was made. Refined, Refreshed and Reliable. The Seawind 1260 has been a benchmark in medium sized cruising cats since the launch about 10 years ago of the original 1250 and there wasn’t too much that needed changing on this world cruising cat.
Melissa and I took delivery of our brand-new Lagoon 440 (#203) Sonrisa in La Rochelle, France in March 2007 and after some 15,000 miles it seems an appropriate time to look back at what equipment has really worked well and continues to do so.
Australia’s longest recreational pier juts into Bramble Bay, swarming with an excited crowd. From the wooden hammerhead of Shorncliffe pier, the MYCQ’s Rear Commodore Alasdair Noble broadcasts a live commentary of Australia’s biggest multihull race, the iconic Brisbane to Gladstone. A canon barks the warning signal, sending a puff of smoke over the the enthralled faces. They can hear winches begin to whizz aboard the boats as they jockey for the best starting positions, pulses beating fast in anticipation.
“Light, sturdy, fast, offshore, self-sufficient, hybrid” was the brief for the uncompromising owner of the latest model Schionning G-Force 2000 Speciale. What resulted is a performance cat that is truly pioneering.