Originally Posted by SVNeko
Sorry, I stopped reading here.
Just curious, have you ever actually sailed a Leopard 44?
I don't own a Leopard, in fact, I have a new Lagoon
42 on order, but the boats sail much better than most are willing to give them credit for. In Grenada
a few years ago we chartered s/v See Pal, one of the early Leopard 44's, something like hull
#2 or #3. We had eight people on the boat and it was fully loaded. While sailing on the east side of Grenada
in just over 22 knots of wind, aft of the beam, with one reef in the main and jib
, we maintained between 10 - 11 knots through the water
. We maintained that speed for an extended period and did little sail trimming. I don't claim to be a great sail handler, but we achieved speeds that were 50% of wind speed often. S/V See Pal had a charter
rig, standard main and headsail, and no other sail inventory.
The private boat last December had an extensive sail inventory, including a code-0. The boat made better than 8 knots, more than 50% of wind speed, most of the time (not motor
sailing). The owner handled the boat very well and enjoyed getting a turn of speed even in the moderate winds. We never really had anything more than moderate winds, most of our sailing was in steady winds of 14 - 16 knots. The only winds that exceeded 16 knots were gusts, we never had anything steady above 16 and we never reefed. One of the best sailing trips ever, consistent winds, well-outfitted boat, and excellent company (6 onboard). The code-0 was on a bow sprit with a furler
, it was the headsail we used most of the time.
Find a privately owned Leopard 44 or 48 and go sailing. If the skipper
is familiar with the boat and has a decent sail inventory most sailors will be quite surprised by the speeds those boats can achieve. Give it a try.
Note: Three or four years ago a guy who went by the handle of "The Sailing Mongoose" (I think his real name is Paul Watson), posted a video of a Leopard 44 being delivered to Tahiti
. A Sunsail boat, charter
rig. There was a debate on many forums
about the authenticity of that video because of the speeds supposedly achieved. Take a look at it, I think it's still on youtube. The Mongoose's speeds are legit IMHO, because I've been on L44's that have achieved similar speeds.