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First Pictures Of The NEW 2016 Leopard 45 Catamaran

L45We first reported here on July 19th (2016), that a new Leopard model was launched in Cape Town, South Africa. We now we have confirmation! Leopard Catamarans announced today that the new model 45 will be unveiled at the Annapolis boat show in October 2016. As we have mentioned before, the new Leopard 45 is probably going to replace the Leopard 44 (not confirmed) and is no doubt a model to compete with the very popular Fountaine Pajot Helia 44

The exterior styling for this new model is more angular than the current line of Leopard catamarans. They have added a new sleek hardtop bimini, which extends all the way from the forward cockpit to the aft cockpit. Yes, they kept their signature forward cockpit with the opening door into the salon, one of the most popular features of the Leopard catamaran range. They also have kept the semi-raised helm station, another very popular feature for cruising couples.

The pictures show an attractive catamaran design with nice interior styling and space. At first blush it looks like L45 Charcoal FwdCockpitthe main differences between the Leopard 44 and 45, are the more angular hull design, the newly designed salon windows, and the square windows in the hulls. The galley is now forward rather than at the salon entrance.

DIMENSIONS

L.O.A. : 45 ft. 0 in.

L.W.L. : 42 ft. 11 in.

Beam : 24 ft. 2 in.

Draft : 4 ft. 10 in.

ENGINE

Engine : 2 x Yanmar  

Diesel 45HP each

Fuel : 185 gal. 

LAYOUT

Berths : 8 to 12

Heads : 3 or 4

Showers : 4 or 5

Cabins : 3 or 4

MORE DETAILS

Water : 206 gal.

Displacement : 36156 lbs.

Holding Tank : 45 gal.

I have noticed on the new Leopard 45, just how small the trampolines have become in this model as well as on all their newer models. But they are not alone. Most modern production catamarans are following the same trend and the reason they do that, is to create more living space. So many people have ridiculed and criticized the Bali catamaran designs sans the trampolines, as being dangerous. As we now see, that is a totally bogus argument. Read our explanation here on why modern catamarans can do without trampolines.

I have noticed that the Leopard catamarans, built for Sunsail and Moorings, have been advertised at rock bottom prices lately, so we are curious about what this new model will price out at. We are very excited to see the new Leopard 45 at the show in October!

As for pre-owned Leopards, we usually highly recommend them (pre-“porch” design) to our brokerage clients and have over the years, sold many of the ex-charter Leopards. They are considered to be some of the best deals on the pre-owned market! Contact us if you are in the market for a pre-owned catamaran and need a buyer's broker.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

 

     L45 Charcoal aft Cockpit     L45 Charcoal Salon

*Pictures courtesy Leopard Catamarans

 

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