For those not already familiar with the Seawind 1160 Lite, Seawind designed the 1160 from the outset to be light but offshore worthy, simple to maintain, easy to single hand and modern and attractive for living aboard. The hulls are resin infused in vinylester with a PVC closed-cell foam core. Decks are vacuum-formed in polyester with a foam core, and there is a molded-in carbon beam forward to promote stiffness.
While vision and communication from the helm isn’t typically great on most cats, the Seawind 1160 Lite has twin helm stations with instrumentation at both positions and engine controls on the port instrument panel. You can sit on the coaming with one hand on the wheel, or if the weather is inclement, stay behind the coach house and steer by looking through the huge coach house windows.
The Seawind 1160 Lite side decks are wide and clutter-free with good, molded-in non-skid and steps for easy cabin top access. Handholds are thoughtfully positioned all around the cockpit and the cabin top, and the 28″ high triple-lifeline stanchions offer solid reassurance. The hard top overhead provides shelter from weather and is a perfect structure for keeping the solar panels and the main traveler out of the way. At the back of the cockpit, very comfortable and spacious seats flank a large grill, and is ideal for entertaining.
1160 Lite points as well as many similarly sized performance oriented monohulls. This is thanks in part to the 1160 Lites relatively high length to beam ratio of 7.7, which is better than most similar sized cruising cats.