Leopard 46

Andrew Burton reviews the Leopard 46 for the 2007 Cruising World Sailboat Show.

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The handsome Leopard 46 has high freeboard, as you'd expect on a cruising cat, but it's nicely broken up by a chine above the waterline. Above the chine, the hull flares to increase interior volume; below it, the hulls are narrower, which means better speed.

We sailed the Leopard in light air, and the slippery hulls gave us boat speed nearly equal to the wind speed. Steering a few steps above the cockpit from a comfy chair for two, we had a good view of the sails and easy access to the main and jib winches on the coachroof. This boat had a three-cabin layout: Two cabins in the port hull have double berths separated by two midship heads with showers, and a single cabin to starboard has a large double berth aft and a settee and storage amidships with a luxurious head forward.

The saloon is bright and airy, as with most cats, but this one has three small opening ports forward to provide through ventilation. A nav station with a chair is to starboard, next to a large dinette with wraparound seating. The galley is to starboard along the aft bulkhead with a fold-out countertop that extends into the spacious, covered cockpit. A table with wraparound seating is to port, with seating aft in the open air for those who want more sun but still participate in the cockpit conversation. Yes, the Leopard 46 is one comfortable cat, but that comfort comes at a price: $520,000. Still, for the owner who can afford it, this cat is a fast one that can go anywhere.

Leopard 46 Specs

LOA: 46' 4"
LWL: 44' 7"
Beam: 24' 10"
Draft: 4' 5"
Sail Area: 1,011 sq. ft.
Displacement: 24,206 lb.
Water: 206 gal.
Fuel: 185 gal.
Engine: 40-hp. Volvo
Designer: Morrelli & Melvin
Price: $520,000
Leopard Catamarans, (727) 530-5424, www.leopardcatamarans.com