Originally Posted by Camp Director G
Any Leopard 40 owners or sailors out there? I'd like to know your thoughts.
We bought a 2009 L40 in January, and have so far only sailed her for a few weeks in the BVI. The Trades were blowing 15 to 25 kts most of the time, and we thought she handled great. No slapping in 5 to 7 ft seas, and she pointed as well and made better VMG than 50-ft monohulls. We're going down to Virgin Gorda next week to sail her back to Maine
. We chose the the L40 for the combination of decent performance and great layout. We will begin living aboard
fulltime, starting this fall, so comfort was a major factor.
Although most of the L40s for sale
are 4-cabin models coming out of the charter
fleet, we decided to spend the extra money
to get a never-chartered 3-cabin. Most of the charter boats are still in the fleet and not available for immediate possession, unless you can negotiate buying
it out sooner (more money). We also have a friend who recently took possession of his L40 after it spent 5 years in the Moorings fleet (he owned it the whole time) in Marsh Harbour. He tells a story of neglected mainenance, high wear and tear, and frustration trying to get Moorings to make the needed repairs
. It took him more than a year from phase out until the repairs
were completed. He estimates the work cost $120k, with Moorings covering all but $20k. I understand that other Moorings locations, such as Tortola, may take better care of their boats than Marsh Harbour.
We have a cruising plan that would not allow for several months of repair work or waiting for charter commitments, so we spent the extra money
on a private boat. We are really happy with what we got, which is a nearly new 3-cabin L40 that has had all the new-boat bugs worked out and is ready to go. Every boat is about tradeoffs, and we really like the choices they made on the L40.