“Yaminda” Seawind 1160 Sailing Catamaran



The Stern
The Saloon & Dining Area
The Saloon & Dining Area
The Saloon & Dining Area
The Back Deck
The Back Deck
Port Aft Cabin
Port Forward Cabin
The Switchboard & Navigation Table
The Main Bathroom
Ensuite Bathroom
The Galley
Bar Fridge
The Galley & Fridge/Freezer
The Fore Deck
Helm & Navigation Equipment

About Yaminda

Yaminda was launched in mid 2010. This catamaran’s innovative design is still winning awards which include the prestigious “Australian Sailboat of the Year” along with most recent as “Best Multihull” in the USA.

Unique tri-fold doors stow securely into the cockpit targa roof creating a splendid indoor outdoor area. The luxurious saloon has full headroom, 360 degree visibility plus forward opening windows for exceptional airflow. The well planned galley has huge fridge, freezer, workbench and storage areas.

There are 3 private cabins including two queen berths, one with a small child berth and one with an ensuite plus the saloon table which converts to a large double bed. The spacious main bathroom has a fully enclosed shower stall.

With twin helm stations and a self-tacking headsail, this sleek, modern, performance catamaran practically sails itself.

Our Seawind 1160 Bareboat Sailing Catamaran – sailing in the Whitsundays on a bareboat charter catamaran.

Reviews of Yaminda

5 out of 5


Dear Annie, John and the CYA crew,
Well, I am sitting here at the computer after confirming my flight on Qantas.com to go back to work tomorrow : Qantas are promoting the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island and I just had to have a look and now I wish that I hadn’t!!
I can’t explain it, but I actually get teary when thinking about our wonderful trip. It is quite bizarre and both Sal and I have said the same. We have never come home from a holiday with such an extraordinarill deep and strong emotional tie to the experience. I have visited many countries around the world and I do not believe that anywhere can beat the Whitsunday bare boat experience, it is the holiday that we have dreamt of but didn’t think existed and our thanks go to Timbo for finally convincing us to go!.
As I said last year, there is little that can compare to the excitement and anticipation of driving around that final bend where the Marina comes in to view…it is just sensational. The anticipation continues to build as we greet the wonderful CYA crew and then walk down the to the Marina where Yaminda is sitting smiling and sparkling in the beautiful azure blue water in readiness to take us away to our dream! And it must be a dream because reality cannot be so perfect.

We fished (Tim hooked a Marlin and with an almighty leap and splash, he was gone, not Tim, the Marlin!), we laughed, we swam and we snorkelled for the first time at the Pinnacles, we played cricket on the beach at Chance and of course witnessed the engagement of Tim to Lisa on the Chalkies beach. It could not have been scripted better, the weather was perfect,there was not another soul on the beach and as the sun was beginning to set, Tim dropped to one knee and proposed, geez i’m getting teary again!!
We caught Tuna, spotted Mackerel and many reef fish. Only one ended up on the plate, we released all others! We sailed for miles down to Shaw Island and back to Hayman circum navigating North and South twice whilst visiting our favourite places that includes Chance Bay, Chalkies and Hill Inlet and Betty’s Beach.
And now we have more wonderful memories to reflect on as we begin to wake from our dream and prepare for our ‘other’ life.
I guess we shouldn’t feel sad as we have experienced (for the fourth time) the magic of the Whitsundays and guys, do you know what the the very best bit is…………its only 350 days to go to next trip!!!!
All our love,
Darren, Sally, Tim and Lisa.

5 out of 5


To our Dear CYA Family,
Well, here we are again in somewhat stunned disbelief that after months of planning and anticipation, our much loved holiday is over and we are back home.
Whilst it is true as Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz, “there is no place like home”, it is also true that there is no place like paradise either and the Whitsundays is paradise!
There can be few sights in the world that exceed the sheer beauty of the one that awaits as you approach the crest of the hill above Shingley Beach and then witness the surreal panorama of the Whitsundays as they come into view and one becomes seduced by the mesmerising colour of the Coral Sea and then you know that you are ‘home’ once again.
As we alight from the car, the embracing warmth of a Whitsunday day is matched only by the hugs from Annie, John and our CYA family.
On this trip, (our sixth on Yaminda), our best friends Tim and Lisa were unable to travel with us due to personal reasons. Whilst we were sad that they were not with us to share the dream, it did provide an opportunity for our youngest (Ashton) and oldest (Daniel) and his girlfriend (Chloe) to come and experience what we rave about for 356 days every year!
So, like children at Christmas, we excitedly walked down the Marina to greet ‘Mindy’ (Yaminda) who was patiently awaiting our arrival. She looked as beautiful as ever (the CYA crew keep her in ‘ship shape’ and looking as good as she did 6 years ago!) and we all jumped aboard to give her a hug. We unpacked our gear and supplies (on a 2:1 liquid to solid basis as it is hot out there) and headed to Sorrento’s for a well-earned drink, a delicious meal accompanied by great music (even had an acoustic version of a Metallica’s “Nothing else matters” much to our delight) and then a restful night’s sleep on Yaminda before setting sail in the morning.
After our briefing (by the ‘Admiral’ himself, John) we instructed “James” (the auto helm) to set forth for Stonehaven and we clicked our heels and like Dorothy in ‘Oz”, we were off into our dream.
Despite the ‘southerly buster’ that blew through the night, we were safely protected by Hook Island and the next day, we headed out for a sail and down to Cid Harbour for a wonderful stop over.
We fished, laughed and sailed around to Tongue Bay the next day but when the wind is from the East, Tongue rolls like a beast! So the following day we headed back to Cid via ‘Hamo’ for a few supplies. We travelled many miles trying to pick up an elusive Marlin or even a Tuna or Spanish Mack’ but other than a very small Marlin which we lost at the Stern, we had little luck.
However, this is when our luck turned. Arriving back in Cid Harbour, we encountered some anchor problems and after a radio call for assistance, a ‘Salty Sea Dog named “Jim” came to our rescue. We thanked Jim for his help (with a beer) and were just settling in when a dingy from another boat began approaching us. And as it neared our boat I can remember thinking that they were getting a bit close, but never mind, they were just having a look around and I dismissed them. The next minute, a voice from the dinghy angrily calls out and I look up to see two strangers with flowing black hair abusing us about not anchoring near them. I was just about to politely ask them to @#$% off, when they yell ‘surprise’ and pull off their wigs! And who should it be but Tim and Lisa!! Well, we all stood in absolute shock and disbelief and were speechless. As the tears flowed (and here I go at the key board) and the hugs began, we still could not speak. It was like a dream and I waited to awake but it was real! They had master minded the secret over several months and how they kept it I will never know as we spoke with them weekly during this time! What a wonderful surprise. Well, as you can imagine, we laughed and talked and celebrated well into the night.
Next day we were off to Chalkies to relive the engagement of Tim and Lisa on that stunning beach (much better than Whitehaven for my money).
The following day the wind Gods were not on our side so this year and we could not get into Chance Bay which is our other favourite spot (maybe next year!). So instead we sailed and laughed and fished and told stories for several more days until alas it was time to return to ‘Kansas’.
After a slap up breakfast of sausages, hash browns, omelette and bacon in Cid Harbour with Tim and Lisa, followed again by much sadness and more tears (gee we seem to cry a lot!), we set sail back to the mainland waving to Tim and Lisa whilst watching Cid Harbour fade in to the distance like our dream as it inexorably moved toward its end.
Rounding Pioneer Rocks we dutifully called CYA and stubbornly approached the Marina.
As we pulled alongside, the reality set in and as we begrudgingly removed our gear from Yaminda, gave her a final kiss for this trip and slowly sauntered back to the office, I reflected on yet another wonderful experience.
During this long walk, I couldn’t help but sense the excitement of others as I looked at their faces and could see the joy in their eyes as they eagerly put their equipment on their boat to begin their very own ‘dream’!
As Captain Bates said “these islands nestled in the Coral Sea are indeed paradise on Earth”. Its sheer beauty is unrivalled by anything else in the world and it is on our front door and you would be mad to try and find better anywhere else.
Thankfully Daniel, Chloe and Ashton felt the same way and said it was exactly as we described and the holiday exceeded their expectation.
Oh, and just when we thought our holiday had taken a turn for the worse (I left the fishing rods standing at the front of the shops and didn’t realise until something woke me at 3am when I realised that they were missing), CYA came to the rescue. Paddy had seen them and stored them safely in the office over night! Thanks mate!
So, thankyou once again guys for bringing our dream to reality! And now we once again begin our countdown with just 355 sleeps to go until we dream again. See you next year!
Love from,
Darren, Sally, Daniel, Ashton, Chloe and of course Tim and Lisa (alias Roola and Jim!)

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