I have only chartered one for a week (but ended up ordering one).
This is my take on the Leopard
. It is a similar weight to the Lagoon
, Dean and Dolphin but has a larger sail plan. It has the largest bridge deck
clearance out of all of them at 750mm (fully laden). The chine on the hulls gives it improved performance but still giving the internal volume. The week I had in the BVI was a bit of a mixed bag weather
wise but I suppose the best test was a day with a fairly constant 18 knots with around a 3ft chop. Close hauled at 40-45 deg we were getting around 9.5 knots again fully laden with 6 adults a weeks worth of booze and supplies and nearly full tanks
. A couple of things to bear in mind was that the boat had fixed props, the sail shape was poor as this was an early hull
and we were towing a dinghy
with the outboard
down. So with folding props, the improved sails
that are now being fitted and the dinghy
on the davits
you should get another 1 to 2 knots at least. It would point at best around 35 deg with a bit of tweaking. If any one requires any further specific information I will try and answer them as best I can.