Seawind Catamarans Interview with Shane Grover at the Vietnam Factory

We talked with Shane Grover of sales and marketing over at Seawind Catamarans who is located onsite at their Vietnam manufacturing facility. We are really happy to have him participate in our series of interviews with catamaran owners, builders, designers, and service groups. Thank you! Please visit www.SeawindCats.com for more information about what they are currently building and marketing. How many Seawinds are you building per year? Over the last few years we’ve been building an average of about 25 catamarans a year. We also built the Corsair so in total we’re doing about 60 yachts a year, but in the Seawind range, we’re doing about 25. That’s probably a good average over the last 20 years as well. That’s a pretty solid number for us. At the moment though our sales demand is far greater than that, so we’re in the process of a three to five year plan […]

“S/V Barefoot Gal” – Gemini 105 M Review with Carolyn of The Boat Galley

The other day we were lucky enough to interview Carolyn of S/V Barefoot Gal who runs the excellent website The Boat Galley which has a tremendous amount of educational content about living on a boat. Our focus was a review of her 105 M in a continuation of our series on Gemini catamaran models. Please see previous interviews on the Gemini 3200, the Gemini 105 MC, and the Gemini 3000. From the salon of Barefoot Gal she talked to us about her experiences with the Gemini 105 M, how much she loves the design for coastal cruising, and how it differs from the Gemini 105 MC. We highly recommend her courses, books, and newsletter to anyone thinking of going cruising or currently living aboard. Please watch below our interview or read the transcript of this very special edition of our series of owner interviews. Tell us a little about yourself […]

Introduction of Catamaran Designer Richard Woods – Interview # 1

Diane spoke with Richard Woods, a long time catamaran designer. Richard designed the catamaran that Diane circumnavigated on with her family, a modified Woods 40 Meander. Richard has been designing for a very long time all the way back to the 1970’s when working with Derek Kelsall and James Wharram. He has designed more boats than he can recall mostly in the 8 to 40 foot range. You can find out much more about him on his website SailingCatamarans.com. You can purchase designs to build your own Woods catamaran from his website here as well. We will be doing a series of interviews with Richard Woods about different catamaran design features to help educate buyers and broaden their understanding of models beyond the traditional charter catamaran experience. How did you end up in catamaran design? It is really difficult to answer. It has been my life. It started with my […]

Lagoon 400 Review and Owner Interview

We interview Carla and Simon who have extensively sailed over 25,000 miles on their Lagoon 400. They have a popular YouTube channel called Sailing Ocean Fox and also a website with the same name. Also on Facebook at Sailing Ocean Fox and Instagram. They were even featured by the NY Times for an article this summer titled The Seas as the Ultimate Coronavirus Isolation? Not. So. Fast. Please follow them and enjoy their adventures. Read below for their review of their 2013 Lagoon 400 Mark I. A big thank you to them for participating in our series of owner reviews of catamarans. Can you tell us about your Lagoon 400 and what you’re doing? We’ve got a Lagoon 400 Mark I from 2013. She’s an owner’s version, so the starboard side is entirely the owner’s cabin and head. On the port side, we’ve got two cabins and a single head. […]

Catalac 8M Review and Owner Interview “S/V Chateau Cat”

In this episode, we interview Simon who owns a Catalac 8M called S/V Chateau Cat. He’s had it for two years. Simon came to catamaran sailing after growing up with a monohull, so we’re really curious about how it’s been to have a catamaran for him. What kind of experiences he’s had. A big thank you for him in participating and generously sharing his stories and photos! Executive Summary Chose catamaran for space and larger solar footprint. Used to have a solar panel business and has 2 small children. 44 years old. Grew up on a 24 foot monohull with 2 brothers. Inspired by a sail on a Dazcat, he decided a catamaran would be more comfortable with better performance. The Catalac 8M was an affordable option that met his criteria. Built in 1980 (an 8m Mark II which as skegs in front of the rudders) in Chichester, South coast […]

Gemini 105 MC Review and Owner Interview – S/V Kid Cat

As we continue in our series about Gemini catamarans, Melissa interviews Eric from the Gemini Owners Group who owns a Gemini 105 MC called S/V Kid Cat and sails out of Montreal and is planning to go out the St Lawrence in the summer and to the Bahamas maybe next winter. He weighs in with a different perspective on the never ending debate whether Gemini 105’s are blue water boats. He outlines differences between the 105 M and 105 MC. He mentions some common problems of the 105 MC. And he recommends the model to everyone. Thank you so much again to Eric and the owners group! Executive Summary Reasons to Buy a Gemini 105 MC Gemini 105MC often do the Great Loop and are great for this purpose. Prior owner of S/V Kid Cat did the Great Loop. Killer feature that convinced him to buy a Gemini 105 was […]

“SV Tusitala” Leopard 43 Review and Owner Interview

Kevin owns a 2007 Leopard 43 named S/V Tusitala which he purchased through the for sale by owner listings on www.CatamaranSite.com. He talks to us about the Leopard 43 and also more general topics about sailing with five kids, why the ocean is like a desert, and his thoughts on how to prepare for a world cruise. You can follow him on his YouTube channel or website or blog all under the handle “Seven on the Sea.” Thank you so much to him for participating in our series of interviews with catamaran owners. Executive Summary Sailing with his wife and five kids ages 6 to 18 on a Leopard 43 Sailing out of San Diego and preparing to head offshore Tusitala is the nickname of author Robert Louis Stevenson and means “teller of tales.” Chose Leopard 43 because of space and affordability. He considered monohulls but accommodations were smaller and […]

Heavenly Twins 26 Owner Review and Interview “S/V Kittiwake”

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the boat. We’re two keen travelers who love nature. We didn’t want to live the conventional career-focused life, and we really craved spending time doing what we love, rather than working to pay for things we don’t really need. That drove us, in 2017 to quit our jobs and sail away on our first boat, a little Heavenly Twins 26 Catamaran called Kittiwake. We sailed Kittiwake from the UK to Italy over two years and then sold her to buy our second boat, a Tayana 37 called Skua. You can read more about us on our website here and subscribe to our YouTube channel Sailing Kittiwake. Why did you choose the Heavenly Twins? The HT has a great reputation as a sturdy seaboat that can handle anything you throw at it. These little beauties have been sailed all over the world […]

Seawind 1600 Review and Owner Interview – Harbors Unknown

We talk to Kristin and Fabio who recently purchased a brand new Seawind 1600 named “S/V Wanderlust.” Follow them on their YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram channels all under the handle “Harbors Unknown.” In this interview they tell us about the new order process, why they chose the Seawind 1600, what they would change about the boat, and where they have been. A big thank you to them for sitting down with us! Executive Summary Live aboard their Seawind 1600 in Fort Lauderdale where catamarans are much more suitable than monohulls because of shallow waters. Used to have Beneteau 473 and Dragonfly 35 Chose 1600 because they wanted daggerboards, protected helm, and great visibility from helm. Considered also Catana 53, Outremer 45, Balance 526. Catanas have exposed helms. Outremer 45 is much smaller than you would expect from watching La Vagabonde. And the Balance is too spartan down below for their […]

Gemini 3200 Owner Review and Interview S/V Epiphany Hull # 316

Today we have Joseph of S/V Epiphany – a Gemini 3200. He refitted his 3200 from the ground up. He did a massive amount of work to spend a lot of money, and he is a great guy to tell us all about the model. He goes through all the issues he has had and gives invaluable advice to people considering buying a classic Gemini. Sailing performance, common issues, and maneuverability are all covered. Please see below for the video of our interview, refit photos, and a transcript of the Q&A. Key Takeaways and Tips on 3200 Total including purchase price of $55,000 into boat Renovated interior including painting, trim work, electrical, plumbing, and new windows. Renovated exterior including paint, centerboards, rigging. Previous owner was excellent resource while surveyors need to be carefully selected and monitored. Center boards are designed by Tony Smith so that if they hit an object […]

Prout 33 Quest Review with Michael Briant of Sailing Gently

In this episode, River interviews Michael Briant, a former owner of a Prout 33 Quest and an accomplished author of cruising guides and sailing videos. You can purchase them on his Gentle Sailing site. He also is a famous director and actor (with his own Wikipedia page). Finally Michael has a YouTube channel Sailing Gently which we highly recommend you subscribe to and follow for fantastic sailing videos including some interesting travels in times of Covid 19. Michael talks to us about Prouts and French canals issues with cats. Also he briefly mentions his adventures sailing through the French north coast ports. While he no longer owns Eloise (his Prout 33 Quest), he still hosts the Prout Owners Association. A lifelong sailor who has done multiple circumnavigations, he now is sailing a Westerly Ocean 43. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your adventures on Eloise? Michael: I’d […]

“Sailing Kallisto” – Prout Snowgoose 37 Elite Owner Review

Meet Dev & Caro of Sailing Kallisto who own a sexy orange Snowgoose 37 Elite! In this video River interviews them about their buying experience and adventures so far sailing. Follow along their story by subscribing to their YouTube channel. They also post on Instagram. Video Transcript Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Kallisto? I am 29. Myself and partner Caroline decided 3 years ago that we wanted to transition from a house and travel. I come from a yachting background…motorboats. I have quite a bit of maritime experience but before we bought the boat we had never sailed before. My partner Caroline worked in economics. We came across Kallisto. She was in the UK. Caro was in Switzerland. I was in Italy. We took a weekend to see the boat and everything went from there. Next thing we know we were signing provisional deals, surveying, and […]

“Living Hakuna” Lagoon 420 Review and Owner Interview

On Monday November 23, 2020, we interviewed Alejo and Andrea of S/V Hakuna about their 2008 Lagoon 420. They purchased her through our for sale by owner listings on CatamaranSite.com and kindly sat down with us and explained what they really love about the Lagoon 420 and gave advice to catamaran buyers in the market for one. We also talked about their story, cruising plans, Akitas, and what it is like to be YouTube stars. Please follow along and support their journey on YouTube and join their crew on Patreon. Executive Summary Before moving onto Lagoon 420, they had a travel trailer. Love kite surfing and have been chasing the wind. Chose a catamaran and a Lagoon 420 specifically because of spaciousness, flat platform, and separate shower. They travel with two large Akita dogs which requires more space and stability. Charter version with 4 cabins and 4 heads. Considered chartering […]

Gemini 3000 Owner Interview “The Wayward Travelers”

This interview is of Roan and Karrie who have a Gemini 3000 catamaran and are sailing the Great Loop. Please follow along their adventures on their YouTube channel here. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the boat? Roan and Karrie Poulter, The Wayward Travelers – we’re on a 5 year Adventure plan that consists of Motorcycles across the U.S. Trans America Trail, Van from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia on the Pan American Highway, Sailing the Great Loop and Bahamas in our 1988 Gemini Catamaran, Backpacking Europe and taking the Trans Siberian Railway before Backpacking Asia. Why did you choose a Gemini 3000? Fits in a single wide slip, massive online community for questions and wisdom, we got a great price and with an ample salon we felt we gained liveability. When was she launched? In 1989 as a Charter. When we got her she was on the Hard […]

Prout 35 Snowgoose Owner Review

We interviewed Carl Michael who owns a Prout 35 Snowgoose which he bought from our for sale by owner listings. He kindly answered our questions about the Prout 35 after his Solo Atlantic Crossing in 2020 which is available to see on his YouTube channel. Please subscribe to his channel to follow for more awesome adventures. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the boat? I’m a 30 something adventure motorcyclist turned sailor. Having returned from a 6 month motorcycling tour of South America, I was looking for my next adventure. Whilst cycling in France, I saw a number of boats cruising slowly along the Loire with their mast unstepped and drink in their hand and seemingly without a care in the world. Having been wild camping in the high altitude of the Bolivian Altiplano, the humidity of the rainforrest, and the harshness of Patagonia, a boat looked […]