Originally Posted by faa50
We heard from several folks, some surveyors and some owners of Leopards. They are suggesting we consider this brand: Models 40'-45' for cruising and live aboard.
Would appreciate hearing from owners of Leopards as to what there experiences have been in 20'-35' seas, winds 30-45 knots etc. Do you consider this a seaworthy
boat for offshore
cruising? We understand that most of these models were built for the charter
I'm not a Leopard
owner but I am friends with one. We crossed the Atlantic together in late November and have been in contact since the summer. He was also set on a Lagoon
380/400 before settling on Leopard 40
. They are great boats each one has quirks the designers chose. For instance all of his tanks
are accessible and can be easily removed. Our Lagoon
, the tanks
are behind bulkheads and well braced. And a lot of work to get to. He has 2 fresh water
systems: port and starboard. So 2 pumps, 2 tanks, 2 calorifiers.
During the crossing his engines were off limits. The engine
compartment hatches were just above the waterline. With 2 meter following seas the waves breaked right over the swim step and occasionally entered the cockpit
lounge (it sounds worse than it was).
After crossing the Atlantic on a L380 and following our friends L40 I'm pretty confident in their seaworthiness.