Originally Posted by cat man do
Pretty average fat hull shape
Absolutely pitiful fuel economy/range (45+lph and 450nm range)
No where to store a dinghy
Aft cabin = poor ventilation and hot
Quite unattractive in my eyes
More efficient hull shape
Better fuel economy and greater range especially with some of the smaller engined models
It has addressed the dinghy storage
Better living areas
Once again, big engined, inefficient, thirsty and low range
My pick would be a smaller (150hp x 2) leopard if I was forced to choose, but I have no idea how you intend to address the range issue of being in the med and then Asia.
Thanks for the comments and obviously I understand there is a lot of personal opinion to all of this.
One friend of mine who has been a boat person all his life is adamant he wouldnt be seen dead in a Leopard and he specifically hates its restrictive views from the helm
which makes him state categorically that he would NEVER take it out into the open seas as he is insistant that I must have as much visibility as possible becasue if (for example) I come aross a flet of fishing
trawlers they are going to ignore me and continue on their way regardless so as not to snag their nets or whatever. He says that it is extremely important to be able to have as much visibility and no blind spots as possible because bigger vessels will rarely give way to smaller craft and he says the standard of seamanship shown by these commercial
sorts is not what it should be.
I like th leopard straight through design but love that big owners cabin on the owners version of the Lagoon 44 and as previously indcated and biased due to friends buying
Lagoon 500's which look and handle beautifully but then they have sails
which is too much for meto cope with at my age (I am 53).
The Cumberland 46 Ihave never seen in real life but will go and find one but Ido like the fact that the maker has sold more power cats than anyone else.
I am going to go out of my way to find a boat of each type and charter
each for a week with a crew over the next 6-9 months and then see for myself what the pros and cons of each will be. Spending up to $500k is a lot of money
and I am not going to rush into it and I have noticed that a load of boats I saw for sale
a year ago are still up for sale
today which indicates to me that a cash buyer like myself is in the driving seat and can be really choosy when it comes to buying
The issue of going between the Med and Asia probably shows my naivity. I was thinking of doing that trip evry 18 months or so and imagine i would juts skip along hgging various coastlines over a preiod of say 2-3 months until I got from one place to the other. Then spending 6-9 months in Asia and 6-9 months at a time in the Med