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Old 26-09-2016, 22:02   #1
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Finally! A Leopard 40

My wife and I have been sailing for a year. ASA 101, & 103 are handled. 104 is next week. We took our classes out of Santa Barbara as the price was unbeatable compared to many other certification programs in CA. We've been chartering Catalinas (22-42ft) out of Southern California marinas to get as much experience as possible. We've also crewed for a friend in SF Bay with a Hunter 33 numerous times.

This years worth of chartering and crewing has really helped us identify our needs in a boat. What is important to us became apparent as time aboard different vessels came and went. After reading lots and lots of blogs and CF and Sailnet threads and watching hours and hours of cruiser and/or boat repair videos we had finally defined what we needed to accommodate ourselves and members of our family that we might invite aboard.

The shopping started with a rainy day cold soggy boat show in Richmond California (SF Bay) where a Lagoon 38 & 400 were on display. My wife was not able to attend but I had to step aboard to evaluate space and amenity possibilities. We knew our budget would preclude us from buying new, but I / we needed to see a real cat and feel the space (or lack of) around us.

A 38 was clearly too small for our needs. A 40 was barely workable. We did more homework all spring and summer and realized our budget was needing a bump. We bumped it twice actually, sad to see what 42-45ft cats go for as a buyer, but happy in a way as someday when I sell I may get much of it back.

Back to this boat show in Richmond, I met the Bali dealer there from Cruising Yachts (Marina del Ray) and swapped numbers so I would have a broker contact I could use when the time came to get a USED cat.

Eventually my broker Jack followed up on a link I had sent him weeks prior when I was just looking.

2008 Leopard OWNERS VERSION 40 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

He called quite enthusiastic to say it was low hours, like new, and very reasonably priced.

My wife and I did even more homework and looked like mad for anything else like it or better. We are sitting in Trinidad right now after a weekend of inspecting the boat, survey, sea trial, haul out. Happy to see it is just as beautiful as photos online suggest it to be (rare thing). Not sure how long the above yacht world link will work. Might get removed now we are under contract. Click image for larger version

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Wanting to share with someone who gets it, I needed to stop lurking here and actually say "Hi". Also to say we very much appreciate all the knowledge floating around both here and Sailnet. We'll keep reading as now we're in it for good.
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Old 27-09-2016, 17:51   #2
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Nice! May you have many happy, safe years!
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Old 27-09-2016, 18:12   #3
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Congrats! I'm only a little (read insanely) jealous. Sail safe and enjoy.

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Old 27-09-2016, 19:10   #4
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Congratulations
you did the homework and got a super super deal.
boat looks brand new.
nice to see a lack of SS hanging off the stern.
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Jealous a bit. Congrats and enjoy.
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Old 28-09-2016, 13:00   #6
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Congratulations on your boat! She looks great! I hope you will enjoy her for a long time. Any chance you could share what was the final selling price? Just curious how much one can negotiate particularly in place like Trinidad. I know it is different in every case, but every bit of information helps.
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Old 28-09-2016, 13:18   #8
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Thank you everyone. Still waiting on rigging report. Everything visible from deck looks amazing so we don't expect any surprises.

Surveyor said it was underpriced for condition. We don't intend to haggle over minor findings as comparative sales have been significantly higher. Even with the price of delivery to where we want the boat (California) comp sales are still higher.

We have entered contract and should refrain from publishing the negotiated price until we take delivery.

We are quite excited though.


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Old 28-09-2016, 13:55   #9
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Congratulations!!!!

You will enjoy sailing on a Cat...
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Old 28-09-2016, 17:45   #10
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Hi Code Blue, I'm sending you a PM. Hit me back when you get the chance!
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Congrats I hope you enjoy her as much I enjoy mine. (1 year so far)


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