Just to be upfront with everyone here. I am a yacht broker/captain and I do a lot of independent contractor work for Leopard catamarans. I also do work for a quite a few other companies in Florida
, and feel as though I have a pretty good pulse on what is happening in the catamaran
world as that is how I've put food
on my families table for quite sometime now.
That being said, I'm sorry for not correctly responding to your post.
Have you ever placed your hand out the window of a car on the highway? What happens when you keep you hand angled straight into the wind
? It doesn't really create a whole lot of wind
resistance... Now if you were to flip your hand so it is not in line with the wind all of a sudden your arm feels quite a bit of wind resistance.
This is very similar to the fwd cockpit hard top. Since it is in line with the angle of the wind sweeping across the deck it creates very little drag. I think the salons on any cruising catamaran
creates most of the drag.
And all of that being said, who actually sails
to windward? Isn't that why catamarans have 2 engines?
Is there something I am missing here?
I personally feel that the Leopard 44 is one of the biggest steps fwd in cruising catamaran design that has been seen in quite sometime. I absolutely love when people hate on the fwd cockpit design. It is such a brilliant layout, and mark my words. It is only a matter of time before the other big catamaran manufactures follow suite with a covered fwd cockpit area.
I don't know much about cruising in Australia
. In the Caribbean
it sure is nice to have a cockpit that is in the breeze and out of the sun in the afternoon while enjoying a rum
I'd love to see a video of your yacht screaming along at 17kts! I bet she was shooting up a monster rooster tail, and looking pretty sweet!
Just my 2 cents...