I can testify that our Leopard
42 is one tough cookie. We were sailing north to St Petersburg when we ran into a storm. The Garmin
and paper chart showed deep water
, so we decided to seek shelter. But alas, the water
had shoaled and we went aground. The storm pounded us for several hours until the tide went out and we were high and dry. Then it came back and pounded us for a few more hours until we finally floated free and anchored for the night. The next morning we discovered a small leak, continued on the Intercoastal and were hauled out in St Petersburg. We discovered that both keels had been completely destroyed by the pounding, but we didn't even know it. A friend of ours who has been a captain
for over 30 years was with us and remarked that he didn't know of any other boat
that would not have sunk or taken on a lot of water sujected to those conditions.