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In the new powercat range from the South African manufacturer Robertson & Caine, the 46 PC comes in addition to the 53 PC launched two years ago. Previewed at the Miami International Boat Show in February, this Leopard has strong ambitions, particularly in the charter market, where the manufacturer is a major player.

Test location: Miami, FL (USA)
Conditions: wind 12 to 16 knots, easterly swell of 5 ft (1.5 m)

Robertson & Caine, with its Leopards, has long been a recognized charter specialist, notably through its close partnership with The Moorings. While the shipyard is already widely present in the charter sector through its sailing catamarans, it is also consolidating its positions in the powercat market, a segment that is developing a lot, including for charter. After the 53 PC, the shipyard is now unveiling its second latest generation power catamaran, the 46 PC. At the same time, the 43 PC is gone... but the three extra feet of the new model augurs probably a much smaller powercat in the future. Unlike some models on the market, the 46 PC was designed from the outset as a powercat, it is not an adaptation of a sailboat model, even if, logically, there are some aesthetic similarities - it is called a visual identity. For the rest, this model is clearly inspired by its big brother from which it takes the main lines with a modern style reminiscent of the onehull motoryachts. This is particularly evident in the long hull porthole, the imposing flybridge and the main deck windows. With its T-top, it even has a statutory look, culminating at 18.5 ft (5.64 m) above the water. Well laid...

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