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Leopard 40: She’s got the same forward door as her bigger sisters

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The boat that replaced the Leopard 39 welcomes, with even greater ease for an under 12-meter (40’) hull, a crew of 6 to 8 people. Her real plus? An XXL-sized nacelle that opens into the cockpit, and also onto the foredeck.

To avoid any confusion, let's make it clear from the outset that we are talking here about the model released since 2015 and not the model prior to the Leopard 39; that Leopard 40 was launched in 2006. So, our 40 is very recent, but a second-hand focus is appropriate for at least two reasons - firstly because production is due to cease this year, apparently to be replaced by a 42. Second, because some of the boats will soon be coming out of the Sunsail/The Moorings fleets. Of the 216 units built to date, around 140 have been operated in charter. Yes, but Irma has gone through the charter companies' home bases in both the British Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten, significantly depleting the fleet of Leopard 40s (vintages 2015 to 2017). This model could therefore prove to be rarer than one might have thought on the second-hand market. These examples offered for sale will be viewable on Sunsail’s Brokerage. As for second-hand boats offered by private owners, half a dozen are already on the market – check out the Leopard Brokerage website.

So what is the major interest of this model? Her size! 40 feet is considered to be a minimum size for a real cruising catamaran. It’s a size just...

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