Hi there, I have a Salina 48 and there is a Leopard 46 5 boats higher up in the marina. I have been on the Leopard and hope to be invited for a sail soon. Some comments:
I am a novice
sailor but can handle the Salina on my own. She is great to sail, even in light winds, when the wind hits 20 knots, we run for home because in Durban the higher the wind, the bigger the sea and docking
the Salina in a tight mooring
with wind is a bitch, in Durban marina, most cats are scraped very badly, mine doing ok so far but my mooring
is heavily padded, I am looking to invest in docking
Both boats have terrible rear views of the pontoons, I have added a rear view mirror to mine to make docking easier. You simply cannot see them from the helm
, the Salina has slighty more view.
The helm station on the Leopard seems very tight with poor seating - you sit right up against the helm, the Salina is much better with more space between the seat and helm and with the 3 winches etc being one step away. More room to work the lines etc on the Salina.
The salina appears roomier inside both the saloon
and cabins, the Leopard owner also said so.
The heads in the Leopard are nicer. I need to add a shower
partition and some granite wash basin tops.
The leopard has a nicer instrument panel, mostly LCD vs standard.
The Salina has a nicer front deck
The Leopard has a bigger oustide saloon
The Salina has a lower sillouete and thus hopefully centre of gravity and windage
We have no hull
slam in the Salina.
The salina has a better view from inside the saloon.
The fake leather in the Leopard is softer but thinner.
Get lots of mooring practice when the wind is low, always be ready for the wind - there is a lot of windage, identify an emergency
mooring if the wind is too high or use your rib
as a thruster, use lots of fenders and as many eyes as possible to look for danger
Will revert once I sailed on the Leopard.