Leopard Catamarans is proud to announce the arrival of the new Leopard 45. She will make her world debut at the Annapolis Boat Show, in October 2016. With naval architecture by Simonis & Voogd Yacht Design, and with exterior and interior design by the world-class team at Robertson and Caine, the Leopard 45 Sailing Catamaran builds on the best attributes of the current Leopard range.
Michael Robertson, Design Engineer at Robertson and Caine, promises an innovative and seaworthy catamaran, explaining, “We have ensured that all of the best features from our previous designs, as well as customer feedback, have been rolled into this new design. She has a fresh new look, a really comfortable interior and she sails well.”
Two immediately noticeable areas of innovation are the exterior styling and interior accommodations. The exterior styling has evolved into a sharper, more angular look, topped by a sleek new saloon hard top, which extends from aft cockpit to forward cockpit. The aft area and the forward cockpit have increased in size, and she is finished off with a saloon sized overhead skylight.
Franck Bauguil, Leopard’s Vice President of Sales and Product Development, explains how this new model is built upon the success of her predecessor, “The Leopard 45 is the logical evolution of the Leopard 40. With side to side sliding doors opening between the aft cockpit and the main saloon, it creates a large, well-ventilated living area during clement we a ther and two well-protected areas while at sea. Panoramic views of the ocean have been improved with larger and sharper windows, giving a full view forward from the aft cockpit. Despite its larger living areas and its higher level of sophistication, the Leopard 45 is faithful to its pedigree of robust, easy to maintain, easy to maneuver, blue water catamarans.”
Leopard 45 features a 3 cabin-3 head and a 4 cabin-4 head layout. The 3 cabin layout includes 2 cabins in the port hull, leaving the starboard hull entirely dedicated to the owner’s suite, complete with work station and large private washroom. She also comes with a multitude of special features and available upgrades.
The forward cockpit is accessible via a weather tight door, and a raised helm station provides excellent visibility while being well protected. Onboard entertaining is accentuated with ample dining area and forward facing L shaped seating, allowing direct communication with the galley, which is forward. The interior has an elegant, light finish that is accented with grey contrasts. True to form, the design is open, modern and fresh, with a focus on quality of finish and materials. The stylish interior is designed for ample headroom, an ergonomic layout, and delivers safety and comfort at sea.
The Leopard 45 is a perfect blend of interior comfort and sailing pleasure. She’s sleek and nimble, yet convivial. She incorporates a heritage of Leopards spanning twenty five years of production proficiency. Alexander Simonis, of Simonis and Voogd Yacht Design shares his expertise, explaining, “We have been pushing the envelope in the sense of volume of the boat and its weight carrying capacity. And at the same time we wanted to make sure that we would not suffer on performance. During the trials it became evident that we managed that marvelously.” Leopard Catamarans is thrilled to welcome the Leopard 45 as the newest addition to the award winning line of Leopard Catamarans.
In addition to private ownership through Leopard Catamarans, this yacht will be available for ownership through the Sunsail Yacht Ownership Program, as the Sunsail 454, and the Moorings Yacht Ownership Program, as the Moorings 4500. The Leopard 45 will also be available for charter vacations in select destinations worldwide through Sunsail and The Moorings.
Evolving from 40 years of customer feedback, Leopard Catamarans pooled their expertise with builders Robertson and Caine to design the Leopard line of blue water cruising catamarans. As the worldwide dealer, we' re proud to say that over 1,500 Leopard cats have now been delivered all over the globe.
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