It seems a number of posts are a bit off topic, but I had a ball reading them. A 45 year monohull
owner who just pulled the trigger on a FP Saona 47 I'm a nervous newbie. I went to the boat
show thinking I was going to place an order on a Leopard
50. I had just completed an 800 mile rally finishing near the front of the fleet along side a very well sailed Leopard
48. I think (with no cat experience) that some of the performance problems can be attributed to "charter like" configuration - no downwind sails
, no folding prop. I must say I was impressed with the Leopard 48 (off wind) performance. Two issues for me on the Leopard 50 were 1) it was huge. Much bigger than the 48 and more than I needed. The other, a killer for me, was the site lines from the helm
. I couldn't see any of the four corners of the boat. Although an experienced offshore
sailor I'm excited to learn about sailing a cat - whether from the arm chair quarterbacks or the seasoned professional.