25 Years of Seawind
1982 Seawind Catamarans have advanced in leaps and bounds over the years, developing multihull designs that have significantly influenced Australia’s fleet of modern catamaran while enjoying the success from overseas interest. In 1982, the company commenced operations building small “off the beach” catamarans of 4 to 5 metres in length known as the “Maricat”. These recreational craft quickly became the most popular Australian produced catamarans with over 3,000 built.
1987 Through the 1980’s the company was best known for the amazingly successful Seawind 24. Years ahead of its competitors at the time, this 24ft cruising catamaran became a world benchmark for small cat design and over 350 were built. They were successfully exported throughout the world with proud owners in America, Japan, Holland, Hawaii, Thailand, Papua New Guinea as well as Australia.
1990 We have also offered design and construction facilities for the custom catamaran buyer. These custom projects have been quite diverse with some well-known examples being the Scott Jutson designed Formula 40 racing catamaran, “Simply the Best” which for many years was the fastest sailing boat in Australia. Also the super luxury 65ft catamaran “Sydney Crystal” was built at a cost of $3 million for a very large Japanese Tourist operator and is one of the most elegant charter yachts on Sydney Harbour. These were two ends of the custom yacht spectrum.
1991 The 1990’s witnessed a revolution of modern larger cruising catamaran designs from Seawind. Firstly introducing the 28ft Seawind 850 in 1991 with immediate success, despite Australia being in the grip of a recession and the world sailing market very low.
Approximately 25 of these were launched and sold to mostly Australian owners who placed many in charter companies in the Whitsundays. This popular cruising catamaran paved the way for the Seawind 1000 to become the success it is today.
1994 In 1994, the company launched the Seawind 850’s bigger sister, the 33ft Seawind 1000. In that same year, this boat was awarded the “Australian Sailboat of the Year”, the first time ever such a prestigious award had been bestowed on a catamaran sailboat. This new cruising catamaran became an instant success with strong demand from many countries. As with the Seawind 850, many boats were placed in charter companies in the Whitsundays, Pittwater, Sydney Harbour, the Gold Coast and more recently, Darwin, Perth and Melbourne. The versatile features of this safe, easy to sail and roomy yacht has been appreciated globally with exports to many counties including the East & West coast of America, Italy, New Zealand, Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil, Europe and South East Asia.
1998 Seawind Catamarans introduced two new designs to the marketplace. The Seawind 1050 Resort, a 35ft purpose built day sailor was developed and approved for commercial use for up to 32 people. The design formula provides a very viable investment for the day charter operator. The boat offers the exhilaration of sailing in safety and comfort by maximizing deck area and sailing performance combined with easy to clean interior finishes and high passenger capacity. As a result, the Seawind 1050 “Resort” has been a great success along the East coast of Australia.
The first annual Seawind Regatta was held in 1998 and has been a huge success every year since with on average about 25 or more boats attending this fantastic weekend of racing and social sailing on Pittwater, located just north of Sydney Harbour. Seawind Catamarans also commenced the Seawind 1200, a top of the range, luxurious world cruising catamaran of 40ft length. Appointed with beautiful Australian timbers including Rosegum, Jarra and Ash, 25 of
these beautiful blue-water ocean cruising cats were built in just over
5 years with this model being just as popular for charter use as it is for live aboard cruising.
2000 Seawind Catamarans acquired the Venturer range of luxury power catamarans including the Venturer 38 and the Venturer 44 that had previously been exported directly to the USA. Both are in production and to be proven popular fishing, cruising and charter boats.
2002 Seawind was recognised for its outstanding export performance as was awarded by the Illawarra Business Chamber, the “Best Exporter” and also “Best Overall Business”.
2004 The latest development for Seawind is the launch of the new 38ft Seawind 1160 which combines design elements of the Seawind 1000 and Seawind 1200 to produce a boat that is both comfortable and accommodating, while creating a unique combined saloon & cockpit that is unmistakeably Seawind featuring an innovative TRI-FOLDING DOOR that secures the interior from the elements.
2005 Following the launch of the Seawind 1160 at the Sydney Boat Show in 2004, the Australian Marine Industry Federation (AMIF) awarded the Seawind 1160 the “Best Non-Tralerable Sailboat” of 2005.
2006 The awards kept coming in 2006 starting the promotional tour of the East Coast of the USA and also won two major categories in the USA Boat of the Year Awards. Back in Australia and Seawind were awarded the Best Business, plus Best Innovation for the Seawind 1160 and Best Manufacturer of the Illawarra region.
2007 Seawind continue to expand with an ongoing program of increased production, new technology and quality management systems.
Cruising World magazine interview's Richard Ward on his journey with Seawind Catamarans.