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LEOPARD 48’ An innovative and balanced ocean cruising catamaran

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The Leopard 48, voted Multihull of the Year 2013 by Cruising World magazine, has been particularly long-awaited by lovers of this type of cruising catamaran, whether demanding private owners or future charter customers waiting for new experiences. Here is our test of this original catamaran...

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The Woodstock boatyard near Cape Town, was founded by John Robertson, over thirty years ago. Jerry Caine joined him as an associate in 1991. From 1995 onwards, close links were developed with Moorings, with a view to supplying the budding bareboat charter market; the fusion with Sunsail and the integration into the Tui international group propelled Moorings-Sunsail to the rank of world giant in the sector. Their logistical expertise and knowledge of the clientele (mainly American in the Caribbean area at first) oriented the design of the Leopards (Moorings’ main multihull supplier) towards a rationalisation of the functionalities and increased internal equipment (cold storage, air conditioning, electrical independence). The choice of accessibility for the old platforms (very low bridgedecks!) however penalised their perception in the European opinion. The globalization of the bases and the enlargement of the multi-loving public, led the decision makers at the 3rd biggest catamaran builder (with Lagoon and Fountaine Pajot) to have a rethink and call on the American architects, Gino Morelli and Pete Melvin, designers of the famous PlayStation (Steve Fossett’s unl...

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