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Leopard 50: A most hospitable boat

Published on 20 july 2018 at 8h46

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With the new 50, Leopard are aligning themselves slap bang in the target sector of cruising catamarans - the most competitive one! At the crossroads of charter use: luxury charter or to be sailed by connoisseur owners, the 15m catamaran is just about the critical size. Has the Cape Town-based shipyard hit the mark?

A South African, in the top 3 multihulls builders worldwide!

The Woodstock yard was founded by John Robertson more than 30 years ago, with Jerry Caine joining him as partner in 1991. As early as 1995, close ties were forged with Moorings to supply the fledgling catamaran charter market (Moorings then merged with Sunsail into an international travel group and became the giant in the sector). Logistics control and customer knowledge (mainly Americans in the Caribbean to begin with, but now globalized) are driving the Leopard's design through a thorough rationalization of the features and increased equipment (cooling, air conditioning, electrical self-sufficiency). The arrival of Lex Raas (a defector from the Bénéteau group) to the position of operational director is accelerating this evolution, and the world leader in chartering is pushing Robertson & Caine in their development. This has enabled them to become one of the top three multihull manufacturers. Their experience of intensive use of the boats, the knowledge of the sailors' expectations and the availability of very competitive production and distribution tools now push Moorings / Sunsail to regularly renew their range and...

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