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Seawind 1600 #1 delivery report by Shane Grover
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.
I had plenty of reasons to be excited about this trip. As Seawind Catamarans Sales Manager I need to be well versed in all aspects of design, performance, construction, and features on the newest and most advanced catamarans. And as a shipwright, I’m always seeking to add to my knowledge bank. However, there is nothing quite like 5 days offshore to get a well-rounded understanding of a yachts capabilities and nuances. Forecasts predicted a very light 8-10kts south, southeast. So other than testing the boats pointing ability, this shouldn’t have been a very “testing” sail. But luckily the forecast was only that – a forecast not a guarantee – and it could not have been more wrong!
After stocking up with supplies the night before, we pushed off at 5am Saturday morning making our way up the river and then towards Con Dao island 100 miles Southwest. This first days sail was a very lazy upwind into the predicted 8-9kts and maintaining an average 6.5kts SOG. We maintained this course all day, passing Con Dao at around 10pm that night.
Having now passed Con Dao to the East we headed up to start gaining ground on Singapore. Sailing in around 12kts of wind we were able to sail comfortably between 34-40 degrees and maintaining speeds of 7-9kts. This was a great days sail and we made some good progress in these conditions however the further south we came the more the wind was shifting to the nose. Visibility from the helm was perfect, sitting at the two seater helm chair overlooking the cabin top we had 360 degree visibility and protection from the sun from the large full cover hardtop. Being fair skinned I tend to burn quite easily, and it’s something I am very cautious of. On this trip however, I managed to last the whole 5 days without getting burnt, a feat I was quite impressed by.
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