I'm looking at newer model cats and am most thankful for all the great info on the various models of Leopards I find here, and on the yahoo leopard users group
, but am having trouble deciding between these 2 and am hoping some with knowledge of both might add their thoughts on the pros and cons of each.
I plan to liveaboard
perhaps 6 months a year, sailing and diving
throughout the caribbean
, starting in bahamas
hopefully this winter. Much of the time will be by myself, some with various friends and dive partners. Other times my brother (partner) and his family
will be aboard, but that will be mostly vacations and long weekends for the near term.
I've walked around on all the Leopards, but my only experience on cats is 1 week on a 46' bahia
, and 4 days on a Leopard 46
. I'm hoping that singlehanding
a 40 or 43 will be doable in limited situations. No real offshore
stuff, just puttering around mostly.
For a 1-4 year old boat, they are roughly same price
, with a slight edge to the 40'. Of course, we'll have to add lots of goodies like genset, ac, watermaker
, washer/dryer, dive compressor
and more that will add a lot of weight and probably favor the bigger 43.
Some of the things I'm curious to get feedback on are:
- Difference in sailing speeds for a fairly heavily loaded boat.
- General sailing/handling differences
- Comfort and noise
in sleeping quarters.
Besides debating the 2 different models, I'm also contemplating a new or 1 year old 40. Brand new owners version comes with some of the options (gen, ac) we would have to add to an older ex-charter boat, for an extra $100k or so.
Any comments/feedback greatly appreciated.