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Old 05-10-2017, 09:50   #1
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Leopard 3800 vs Lagoon 380

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Been lurking for too long. About pull the trigger and purchase either a 2000 leopard 38/moorings 3800 or a 2001 lagoon 380. Both sight unseen. I can find lots of info on the L38 but hardly anything about the Leopard.

Are there any owners out there of the Leopard 38 that can tell me about the characteristics of the boat are? Sailing performance, ergonomics, the lower bridge deck. Any inherent problems with this model ...Moisture issues in the deck? From what I can gather the leopards are balsa cored below the water line as opposed to the L38 which is solid below.

What's the hobby horsing like, I noted that the LWL on the leopard is only 33ft + vs the l38 at 36Ft. Is this a major factor?

Also the leopards of that time seem to have these westerbeke engines albeit quite la high horsepower (42hp) for a boat that size. Any thoughts on the engines?


Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Leopard 3800 vs Lagoon 380

ellewater, your information about the Leopard is incorrect.
LWL for the Leopard 38 is 36' and we installed Yanmar 29's in them, not Westerbekes.
Happy to assist with other details, about this model.
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Re: Leopard 3800 vs Lagoon 380

Hi Jim, I am referring to the Simonis designed leopard 38s the older ones from late 90s to early 2000s. Every spec I spec sheets shows the waterline to be in the 34ft range. Seems like quite a loss due to hull design for a 38ft boat.
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Re: Leopard 3800 vs Lagoon 380

IMHO, if sailing faster is a priority for you, go with the Leopard. The Lagoon 380 is underpowered. That's not to say that it is a defective design, it is not. I would have no qualms about sailing a Lagoon 380 around the world. It is a blue water-capable achievement; but the Leopard 38/39 design is faster, and none the less seaworthy. Just MHO, but Morelli
and Melvin designed better Leopards than Simonis and Voogd.
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Re: Leopard 3800 vs Lagoon 380

We don't see too many of the earlier versions anymore, thought you were referencing the newer one, there were 64 earlier models built (1998) and 62 from 2009 - definitely different hulls.
All the new Leopard are by Simonis.
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