What equipment to use on a cruising yacht? Specifically sailing to sparsely populated areas, faraway offshore. Our goal is to be largely self-sufficient and with an average luxury for living aboard.

Equipment, a Seawind 1260 Arch .
The aft arch as a carrier for solar panels and dinghy.


With the default equipment of an Seawind 1260 all the basics are covered. And other upgrades are 90% factory installed and in the category safety including navigation and living aboard including being self sufficient.

Looking at prices it looks expensive compared to a web shop, but it is not. For the installation of wire-booms, NMEA 2000, pluming, installation, configuration etc. labor prices are low compared to Europe. So in general oké. Factory installed also mains part of the commissioning and covered by factory guaranty. The full list is available via:

Our Factory Options

Anchoring OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Additional Chain (55m To 80m 8mm)CV166371
Anchor BridleY168611
Anchor Second System (35lb Delta, 10m Chain & 50m Rope)CV149991
Primary Anchor Upgrade To 48lbs Sarca ExcelCV11-101
Comfort OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Cockpit Side ClearY137421
Fan Caframo SiroccoY128824
Galley Cupboard LowerCV149941
Insect Screen For Fwd Opening WindowsY165621
Screen Hatch Sky – Blackout/Insect (1)Y159565
Screen Insect – Side Hatch (3)Y175421
Screens Cabin’s Privacy (6)L169451
Webasto Hydronic Diesel Heater System (220v)CV1328 1
Electrical OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Battery Charger / Inverter: Mastervolt 3000w/100amp 240v With ControllerYOp1370291
Battery Lithium Upgrade (800ah)Y204621
Shore Power & Double Gpo 3x 240v 50hz Inc Gavanic BlockerX131311
Solar Panel Upgrade From 2 X 125w To 4 X 200w & Mppt ControllerY151421
Washing Machine – Lemair 3.2kg 240v/ 50hzCV159241
Battery Lithium Upgrade Addtional (400ah)Xcustom1
Engines OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Propeller 3 Blade Gori Folding UpgradeY148051
Entertainment OptionsPart #Qty
Extras OptionsPart #Qty
Lpg OptionsPart #Qty
Cookout BbqY192431
Lpg OvenCV129561
Navigation OptionsNeedPart #Qty
1) B&G Navigation Package With 7″ Plotter, Tridata And AutopilotY176531
Vesper Cortex Vhf Radio UpgradeY1
2) B&G Additional 4.5″ Multifunction Display StarboardCV194321
2) Upgrade To 12″ Zeus3 ChartplotterY174751
3) B&G Halo20+ RadarCV174761
3) Satelite Phone/Data Wifi Router Iridium GoCV203461
Navigation Desk Seat Backrest 1
Plumbing OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Deck Wash FreshwaterY128901
Deck Wash Salt WaterCV1260-21-021
Galley Charcoal Filter With SpigotCV137851
Transom Shower (Hot & Cold)CV197061
Watermaker (Spectra Ventura Inc Z-Ion Unit) CV21-101
Electric Toilet Xl Quite Flush Upgrade (2)Y21-041
Safety OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Dinghy Highfield Cl340blt- HypalonY168951
Engine 15hp Suzuki Dt15aCV136131
Liferaft – 8 Man Fully Installed On Deck Y23151
Safety Kit 8 PersonsY150021
Sail Hardware OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Mast Steps At Mast HeadCV160421
Mast Steps To SpreaderCV152511
Mps Deck Fitting Kit (for Parasailor)Y143121
Mast boom third reef CV152301
Winch Evo 50 Electric Upgrade (1)Y200891
Sails OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Cruising Laminate Jib UpgradeCV200991
Cruising Laminate Main UpgradeCV159141
Parasailor, EstecCVCustom1
Shipping/Commissioning OptionsNeedPart #Qty
Factory Launch & HandoverY154311
Y(es) for always needed, C(ircum)N(avigation) our specific needs.

Sail plan

Actually we are thinking to add two sails to the wardrobe, a parasailor from Istec with the mps running rigging to operate it and a storm jib. Our preferred solution is that storm jib on a cutter stay, but that is not standard equipment on a catamaran. Furthermore, a third reefing line in the mainsail.


In 2014 I wrote an article about electricity on board of a medium-sized yacht. The world has evolved rapidly and this 2020 story may sound just as outdated in a few years. Getting Hybrid Systems before 2024? And standard 24 volt AC on the SW1260? The basis remains the same, generate sustainable as much as possible, be careful with usage. Take a look at the principles and our setup on Electricity

Anchor & Chain

I wrote a blog about the strength of a chain and what to consider when buying a chain and anchor.

Preparations and circumnavigation of a Seawind 1260