Seawind Catamarans, Australians want to attack the European market

Seawind 1600 Performance Catamaran

The Seawind Catamarans group, better known in France for the Corsair Marine trimarans, wishes to develop on the European catamaran market. New finishing standards and commercial network will meet the challenge.

An Australian heavyweight of the nautical industry

Seawind Catamarans was founded in 1982. Created in Australia by Richard Ward, the company began by building beach catamarans. In 1991, Seawind Catamarans launched its first model dedicated to cruising, the Seawind 850, a 28-foot catamaran. During the 1990s, the range of cruising yachts developed and exports in the Asia Pacific zone were significant.

In 2000, Seawind Catamarans bought the motor catamarans Venturer. In 2010, the group then acquired the American brand Corsair Marine, whose trimarans are produced in Vietnam. Taking advantage of synergies to lower production costs, while benefiting from Vietnamese know-how in composites, Seawind Catamarans groups together all the manufacturing of its boats in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Seawind Catamarans group currently employs more than 200 people and has built more than 2500 boats for all its brands.

Take its share of the European multihull market

Although European boaters are familiar with Corsair Marine trimarans, few of them have heard of Seawind catamarans in a market dominated by French brands. The group intends to change things. It will rely on Corsair Marine's existing network, distributed in France by Plaisance Nautic Services and a stronger presence at boat shows.

The images of the new Seawind 1600 Performance were highlighted on the brand's stand at the Grande Motte international trade fair. The yacht, the brand's first model designed for European boaters, will be presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017. Planned at a contained price of approximately 900 000 € HT, delivered in Europe, the boat should find its place in the market...