Yes, that is the correct usage for the word "unwarranted" Mr. Chambeau, not as in your "unwarranted support". As an actual long-term owner of a Leopard
42 who has sailed her and sister ships in a wide variety of locations (Australia, Seychelles
, Eastern and Western Caribbean) and conditions, I certainly differ with your opinions.
This winter I sailed from Honduras
and transited the canal on a friends 46' Morgan Ketch
. I then returned to Honduras
42 (purchased new in 2003 and phased-out from charter
in 2008) north through the Bay Islands, Belize
. Once again, I found my Leopard to be much more comfortable in virtually all conditions, and that includes upwind in 30 kts and 6-8' seas. Of course there is some slamming on a multihull
in such conditions, but that was nothing compared to the miserable rolling of the ketch
in light winds or at anchor
in unsettled seas. Speed, space, livability, comfort, stability and seaworthiness are what I love about this particular model Leopard.
This was our second season of cruising in the Western Caribbean
after our post-charter upgrades. The new watermaker
, upgraded ground tackle, washing
machine, electric head
, reinforced dinghy davits
and numerous safety
items (all self-installed) have made our boat even more comfortable and seaworthy
. I have just hauled her again for hurricane
, and a thorough inspection
show no structural or fiberglass
issues whatsoever. The repairs
done at phase-out to correct charter
abuse have held up quite well.
Cruising provides one with the opportunity to see a wide variety of boats in use and talk with many experienced owners. All boats have their strong and weak points, and all sailors have their opinions. I return to this forum for information and informed advice, and will take issue with unwarranted criticism when it hits close to home.