Leopard changes spots
As the new Leopard 43 Powercat nears launch, P1 takes a look at the luxury catamaran line from Robertson & Caine.
Come August, Leopard Catamarans will add another new member of the family to its already impressive fleet of power catamarans – the Leopard 43 Powercat, due for launch in South Africa in August.
Built by Robertson & Caine and with exterior design by Simonis Voogd Design, the newest member of the power fleet replaces the Leopard 39 Powercat. The Leopard 43PC is a redesigned mid-sized catamaran with enhanced hull design, speed, standard specifications and interior.
“I think this model is what customers have been waiting for,” said Isabelle Blainey, sales manager for North and South America. “She offers great fuel range at cruising speed, a lot of outdoor space – including an enormous flybridge which can be fully enclosed. She is economical, easy to handle, and spacious with 27% more interior volume than her predecessor.”
So where does that extra space come from? The stepped hull design adds interior volume above the waterline – meaning more room in the hulls without sacrificing performance. With narrower hulls and less surface below the waterline, the Leopard 43 PC can reach 23 knots (27mph).
Outdoor living space is maximised with an extension of the Leopard 51PC flybridge design – with this model including a grill, wet bar and direct access to the sunbathing platform found forward. She also includes a large aft cockpit and access door from the main saloon to the forward platform of the boat.
“The all new Leopard 43PC is a massive leap forward from the 39PC,” said Franck Bauguil, vice president of yacht sales. “The 43PC is the logical extension of the very successful 51PC for private owners and charterers.” Bauguil also said that Leopard catamarans are now a leader of the US market segment.
The 43PC interior has a large, open saloon, a galley, three cabins and three heads, as well as the entire starboard hull dedicated to the owner’s suite. Looking for something bigger? The 58PC (pictured here) has two to six cabins – including the option of a second master cabin – and seating for up to 12 guests.
More than 1,500 Leopard catamarans have now been produced, sailing more than 9 million miles between them.