Monday, February 17

New Ocean-Crossing Leopard 51 PC: A Big, Fast, Family Cruiser or Charter Boat

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A seakindly, large, long-range cruising boat, the new Leopard 51 PC comes in either a three- or four-cabin configuration, and is designed for either private or charter use. In either configuration, the Leopard 51, which is delivered on its own bottom from the Robertson & Caine yard in Cape Town, South Africa, is a fuel-efficient family cruiser with a nice turn of speed and enough interior volume to make a long cruise or charter enjoyable and comfortable.

Designed by the Dutch firm of Simonis Voogd, the Leopard 51, with a beam of more than 25 feet, provides a stable platform across many sea conditions and offers interior and exterior space so that even a dozen people on board won’t feel cramped. There are social and entertaining spaces all around, including the huge, light-filled salon and galley, the large foredeck with its own sunbathing areas, the aft cockpit, protected by an overhang from the flybridge, and then the flybridge itself, which has seats for eight, twin sunpads, an outdoor galley, and the helm station (a second helm station in the salon is optional).

Power comes from twin 370-hp Yanmar diesels, which produce a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 230 nm; at a cruising speed of 17.4 knots the range is 310 nm; dialed back to 6.8 knots, the range is 1,400 nm, which gives the Leopard ocean-crossing capabilities.

In the private version, the Leopard 51 comes with three or four cabins in the lower accommodation deck, each with its en suite head. In the three cabin version, the master stateroom with a semi-private lounge is in the starboard hull. In the four cabin arrangement, two identical cabins and heads are in each hull. There also is space for an additional berth in each forepeak; the forepeak on the starboard side also has a head and sink suitable for a captain, if one is desired.

The boat is labeled a Leopard 51 PC for private use. Robertson & Caine also designed it for The Moorings for charter use, where it’s known as The Moorings 514 PC. The charter boat, which has four cabins, is designed for even more relaxing; the flybridge has an elevated sunbathing platform, a U-shaped lounge and table, and a console with a fridge, stainless steel grill and a wet bar.

Specs.: LOA: 51’0”; Beam: 25’1”; Draft: 3’3”; Disp.: 40,785 lbs.; Fuel: 396 gals.; Water: 206 gals.; Power: 2×370-hp Yanmar diesels. Read more:




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