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Old 23-11-2017, 19:18   #16
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Re: Photos of the New Leopard 50

Awful high boom. I like lower boom / mainsail to hull design for better balance. Ditto on the squareness of her hulls.
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Old 24-11-2017, 04:17   #17
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Re: Photos of the New Leopard 50

Square hulls seem to be all the rage these days, even with motor yachts. One advantage to the square hulls is storage space. It's a lot easier to make a cabinet out of a square than to figure out how to make the door curve. FP and Lagoon have gone the same route.

I did notice the backup camera. That's something on my list of upgrades. Almost all cats these days have a hard bimini that blocks your view of the transom.
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Old 20-12-2017, 22:43   #18
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Re: Photos of the New Leopard 50

Like em a lot. We spend way more time on anchor/slip than we do on passage and the layout is great.
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Old 04-01-2018, 05:40   #19
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I hope it goes better than it looks
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Re: Photos of the New Leopard 50

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Like em a lot. We spend way more time on anchor/slip than we do on passage and the layout is great.
Buy a motor boat then if sailing isnt important
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Re: Photos of the New Leopard 50

We sailed home from our holiday destination yesterday, 42 miles as a crow flies or launch motors, but 67 miles as our catamaran sails (roughly 100 degree tacks) with our destination directly upwind (ah, the tyranny of a schedule). In 15-20 knots of wind (true) and a single reef with 2 metre swell we averaged 7.6 knots and about 5 knots vmg. The sailing was fun and the 9+ knots in the gusts, leaping through and off the swells, made up for the dawdling 6 knots and additional leeway in the lulls.

I canít imagine how a boat with half the bridgedeck clearance, at least double the height of cabin and flybridge, and hulls twice as wide would have sailed in those conditions. But maybe thatís the point, boats like the Leopard 50 are not about the sailing? Certainly a luxurious platform.

For those interested, our holiday destination was Great Barrier Island, off the coast NE from Auckland, NZ. Absolutely fabulous and we could have easily doubled the two weeks we spent there. Port Fitzroy was fun for Smokehouse Bay and for stocking up, but otherwise the Mokohinau Islands to the north, the Broken Islands along the west coast as well as some of the bays such as Bowling Alley and Graveyard, and on the east coast Rakitu Island and surf beach hangouts were spectacular. Amazing limestone geology with sea caves and swim throughs galore, super fishing and wildlife, and relatively uncrowded despite the season. For cruisers coming to NZ, donít stop with the Bay of Islands and Whangarei!
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For my penny's worth we used to like them but as the roofline got longer and you stopped seeing the corners we started to go off them. The very angular interiors put me off and the use of a lot of greys made it look (to the Mrs) like a man's world and put her off. Outside it is getting closer to Lagoon (not a direction I like) and the setup is purely charter.. not for me but no doubt great for its target market.
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