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Old 19-02-2017, 18:44   #1
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I am officially smitten by the New Leopard 45!

My wife & I were at the Miami Sail 2017 today. We went through all the cats, even the ones we didn't like or couldn't afford.

I am in love with the new Leopard 45' boat. This is the newest, just released model. It was sitting next to the older 48' design, and it has slightly more freeboard and bridgedeck clearance than the 48.

There is a special for a new delivered boat with many desirable options for $549k USD. I will get the owners version, with the intracoastal 62' mast most likely.

The additional options I would add here in the US initially after delivery are watermaker, dive compressor, dinghy & motor, security system, AIS, enclosure on the elevated helm.

Delivery is for September 2017 and it would be a 2018 model. Very little would be done immediately after delivery as it will be sailed up to the Annapolis boat show, and then probably for the Miami Sail show I am guessing.

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Old 19-02-2017, 18:48   #2
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A very pretty boat - good choice!
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Old 19-02-2017, 19:02   #3
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Congrats! You will be very happy with it
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Old 19-02-2017, 19:06   #4
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I have not pulled the trigger yet.........but I have an itchy finger. Have to go sail it first.
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Old 19-02-2017, 19:20   #5
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That will be a fun ride for sure.
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Old 19-02-2017, 19:53   #6
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We learned to sail on a 2 year old 44 last summer in Grenada. A great sailing boat! Really liked the reefing system and Leopards system to replace the traveler. Our helm had a hard cover but an enclosure would have been nice at times.
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Old 19-02-2017, 21:44   #7
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My wife & I were at the Miami Sail 2017 today. We went through all the cats, even the ones we didn't like or couldn't afford.

I am in love with the new Leopard 45' boat. This is the newest, just released model. It was sitting next to the older 48' design, and it has slightly more freeboard and bridgedeck clearance than the 48.

There is a special for a new delivered boat with many desirable options for $549k USD. I will get the owners version, with the intracoastal 62' mast most likely.

The additional options I would add here in the US initially after delivery are watermaker, dive compressor, dinghy & motor, security system, AIS, enclosure on the elevated helm.

Delivery is for September 2017 and it would be a 2018 model. Very little would be done immediately after delivery as it will be sailed up to the Annapolis boat show, and then probably for the Miami Sail show I am guessing.

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We were there and loved the Leopard 45 as well! In fact, we managed to buy one. Can't wait to get on the water and meet up you and with other new Leopard owners Paul and Sandy.
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Old 20-02-2017, 07:36   #8
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Really nice boat, like it as well. However, the draft being 5'1" may be a deal breaker for me. There are other threads discussing this, but this is my only real concern so far on the vessel without having been on one. Curious if it bothers anyone else as well. Shallow waters is just another great reason I love cats. Sailed them in many forms for almost 30 years now. Getting into shallows with a 40+ footer that draws less than 4 feet in most cases is a huge bonus for living off the hook and getting great views and solitude!

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Old 20-02-2017, 08:10   #9
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We were there and loved the Leopard 45 as well! In fact, we managed to buy one. Can't wait to get on the water and meet up you and with other new Leopard owners Paul and Sandy.
Not having the experience yet.... I would think that there has to be some trade offs. Don't know that I would be comfortable in shallow like that even with 4' draw. I do like the idea of 5' under sail though! A bigger concern is how the boat will perform with shorter mast to get under many USA bridges? We will be in Pensacola and the 68' is out of the question. I would love to get some feedback on that. Thanks

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Really nice boat, like it as well. However, the draft being 5'1" may be a deal breaker for me. There are other threads discussing this, but this is my only real concern so far on the vessel without having been on one. Curious if it bothers anyone else as well. Shallow waters is just another great reason I love cats. Sailed them in many forms for almost 30 years now. Getting into shallows with a 40+ footer that draws less than 4 feet in most cases is a huge bonus for living off the hook and getting great views and solitude!

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The 5'1" draft held held us back also, as we anchor in some anchorages of 5 feet.

We have a 3.8 feet draft that allows us to get in many places or in close to shore
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Not having the experience yet.... I would think that there has to be some trade offs. Don't know that I would be comfortable in shallow like that even with 4' draw. I do like the idea of 5' under sail though! A bigger concern is how the boat will perform with shorter mast to get under many USA bridges? We will be in Pensacola and the 68' is out of the question. I would love to get some feedback on that. Thanks

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With a 62 foot ICW mast you should be all good for the east coast of USA
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Old 20-02-2017, 08:15   #12
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Default water tank looks smallish. Maybe you can have an extra tank installed at the factory.

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Re: I am officially smitten by the New Leopard 45!

Looking at the 45, and please excuse me if this has been answered before but, what kind of drain is there for the forward lounge area? The 48 has a good size drain but I can't see any on the 45.
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Looking at the 45, and please excuse me if this has been answered before but, what kind of drain is there for the forward lounge area? The 48 has a good size drain but I can't see any on the 45.
Similar to the 48 as I recall. Grate with holes.
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Old 20-02-2017, 09:26   #15
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Re: I am officially smitten by the New Leopard 45!

As for me the forward "loggia" is a no go. But I did not made lot of coastal sailing I loved crossings even with sometimes inevitable on wind tracks.
But for the US east coast better the ICW with the sheltered waters a floating condo is luxury living and so far very enjoyable.
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