Owner Blogs

KatieKat – THE definitive 1000 web resource

Joe Siudzinski is a retired engineering director, a life-long multihull sailor on San Francisco Bay, and now the owner of a Seawind 1000 cruising catamaran named KatieKat. Joe and his wife Kathy are recording their open-ended cruise from Sydney (Australia) on this website. The cruise so far has covered the entire east coast of Australia (including Tasmania) in 2000-2002, New Caledonia in 2000, the sail to New Zealand via Lord Howe Island in late 2002, some coastal cruising and touring of New Zealand in 2003, the passage to Fiji, the Fiji MiniCruise, the passage to New Caledonia, the revisit of New Caledonia, the 'interesting' passage from New Caledonia to Australia in late 2003, and the Australian coastal cruising and inland touristing in 2004. In August 2004, KatieKat was shipped to Vancouver, British Columbia. After a very brief Fall British Columbia cruise and sitting out the winter in Washington State, KatieKat spent 2005 wandering through British Columbia and SouthEast Alaska, including Glacier Bay. In September 2005, Joe and Kathy sailed KatieKat down the northwest US coast home to San Francisco Bay. Joe and Kathy resumed cruising in October, 2006, sailed down the California coast to Baja California, then spent the winter sailing down to Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta and then back up, exploring the Sea of Cortez. After "Baja Bashing" up the coast to Southern California in April 2007 and a summer break to have the boat lengthened in San Diego, Joe and Kathy sailed home and arrived in San Francisco Bay on 1 September, 2007. Sadly for us, we were unable to resume our cruising lifestyle and KatieKat was sold in December, 2012.

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Victory Cat – Circumnavigating

When our younger brother passed away suddenly from cancer, we reflected on what we wanted out of our limited lives. We both have a passion for the sea, adventure and travel. Cruising on Victory Cat fulfills all of these passions.

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Shamal – Circumnavigating the Globe

Shamal is a 11.6 metre (38 foot) catamaran built by Seawind in Australia. She is now just over three years old and we find her to be an excellent choice for our circumnavigation. She is comfortable, has all the mod cons and one of the selling features for us is that all sheets are controled from the cockpit. None of this running around the deck stuff when the weather is a little adverse. Take a look at the Seawind web page for more info.

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Andamon – In Charter in the Whitsundays

The inside story on what its really like to cruise the east coast of Australia.

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Ulysses – Bribie Island

Four years ago this week Warwick and Ruth were bringing Ulysses home to Queensland. We started this blog at that time to enable friends and family to keep track of our trip, and to effectively become our web diary of that wonderful and memorable voyage. Since we arrived back home we have let this blog lay dormant, but as with everything posted on the web, it was still there, hiding in cyberspace and ready to be pick up where we left off. So our plan now is to not only use these pages as a record of that first delivery trip in 2010 but to continue as an on-going page, documenting our (eventual) cruising life.

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Next Phase – Warren & Deb from Raby Bay (See Phase 2 below for their new boat)

We have been waiting 12 months but our new boat is finally ready. We flew down to Sydney and went to Birkenhead Point marina to see Next Phase for the first time. That's Steve Austin (who sold us our Seawind) on the right with Warren.

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Gato Loco – California & Mexico

Gato Loco is a Seawind 1000 33 foot catamaran sailboat owned by a group of friends with our recreational homes and Gato Loco’s homeport in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico. The partners are Lowell & Frankie McCulley, Dave & Ellen Redden, Rick Quant and Bill Hensler. We had been adventuring south in the Sea of Cortez for years in smaller boats and in 2002 we decided to raise our sights on destinations further south.

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Sol Surfin – both sides of the Panama Canal

The Journey begins...two souls pullin up anchor from the moors of life to the winds of fate
to follow the sun...This is the beginniging of our story...join us when you can...

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Adagio – East Coast Australia

Adagio's home port is Port Stephens, NSW. Through this site we hope to be able to share our journey with family and friends. After taking delivery in December 2005, our first big expedition was from Port Stephens to the Whitsunday Islands in 2006. We loved it so much that the journey continued for 6 years!

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DejaVu III – Australia to the Med via Seawind 1000

his Site is a `picture’ of my life since retirement … and I’m trying to pass onto the reader the feeling/sensation of sailing solo (mostly) since 2004 … now a total of 32,000 nmiles as at 2010. When complete it will be a LOT of reading, with hundreds of photographs … but there’s been a lot happen.

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Seawind 1000 Moreton Bay and lapping Australia

This site chronicles her exploits as she circumnavigates Australia. Balakera is based at Raby Bay in Brisbane, she is Seawind 1000 catamaran owned by Derrick and Jenny Baan.She has been a versatile vessel for us, sometime corporate charter boat, holiday shack and transport on previous tours like a Dunk Island cruise for 2 months. She has participated in all Seawind Moreton Bay Regattas, the Seawind Whitsunday Regatta and the Dent to Dunk Rally. Balakera has cruised to Lady Musgrave Island twice. She is our all round sanity machine.

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Life Aboard a Seawind 24

Life Aboard a seawind 24 is about our purchase and renovation of a Seawind 24 sailing catamaran and its purpose built trailer in preparation for a road trip from Washington State to the Florida keys where we will be living aboard while we photograph the Keys and The Everglades.

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Truansea – My Mate Midge – Single Handed around Australia

On leaving Freshwater Bay and passing the extensive pearl lease mentioned in the last post Truansea headed towards Cape Voltaire and Montague Sound via Admiralty Gulf and Voltaire Passage. The directions advise that overfalls and strong tides may be experienced approaching the Voltaire Passage. A tidal flow of 4-5kn and overfalls to 2.5m have been observed and if wind is against tide the waves created are steep sided. Just this information alone would deter the weekend sailor but Truansea being the tough and dogged little ship she is and her adventurous skipper keep to the program and as good planning would have it wind and tide were fair and the extremes mentioned above saved themselves for another day and another adventurer to experience.

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