Australian catamaran builder says it will bring the first boat of the new 12m model to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May

Australia’s boatbuilder Seawind Catamarans has announced that the new Seawind 1260 is nearing launch, with the first boat only a few months from her debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The event is scheduled to run from 25-28 May, 2017.

The excitement that surrounds this launch comes from the genesis of the boat, the builder says, adding that the new design is based in feedback from many Seawind owners who were looking for something more from a 41-footer.

“Seawind owners love the performance of our catamarans, but our legendarily sociable sailors require space for friends, family and those you meet when cruising,” the company says in a statement.

According to the company the new 1260 delivers better layout options for a range of different uses through the new cockpit arrangement.

The new model seats eight people inside and another eight outside, but open the doors and all can socialize together in one of the largest spaces on a boat in this size.

The cockpit can dine six, but modular cockpit seats can be moved into the saloon to increase seating inside.

All of that comes without reducing any of the practicality and seaworthiness that is so often sacrificed for interior space. “The 1260 provides unparalleled entertainment space in a boat of this size,” Seawind says.