This thread is dated, but I could not resist as we did exactly what is asked about. in 2004 we bought a 1999 Leopard 45
, from the Moorings crewed yacht fleet, for $305,000. It has been a great boat. We operate it as a crewed charter yacht, so live on it and work it year around. In the BVI crewed yacht community, the 45 is thought of as one of the great charter yachts.
In addition to sailing well and motoring well, it is particularly well organized for maintenance
and is very strong. Can't say enough.
We have had her as far north as the Chesapeake, and as far south as Grenada
. We have run under bare poles and hove to. She always exceeds expectations.
Yes, the Leopard
45 does pound some, but there are things you can do. In big winds we reef the jib
first, for example, which seems to keep the leeward bow from being forced down into the water
. Pounding is almost eliminated. Also , you can run with less than full water tanks
We got a crewed yacht for the extra level of equipment
and decor, and because we thought it would be in better shape than a bareboat
, and we were right on all counts. I still recon a 45/47, used, is a much better buy than many of the boats discussed on this site.