Leopard Powercat Household’s New Cub

Twin 370hp engines powered hull one to 23 knots in sea trials

On a breezy day at this 12 months’s Palm Seaside Worldwide Boat Present in March, Leopard’s sales space was filled with stylish, pastel-clad guests wanting to tour the yachts on show. As the most recent of the model’s three energy catamarans, the Leopard 40 Powercat was once more within the highlight.

The mannequin had its world premiere on the Miami Worldwide Boat Present the earlier month, whereas hull two was allotted for the mannequin’s European debut on the Worldwide Multihull Present on France’s south coast in April.

On the Palm Seaside present, the 40-footer attracted households and {couples}, who took turns to discover the options of the thrilling new catamaran designed to make thrilling journey goals come true.

The 40 Powercat could be fitted with photo voltaic panels

A household in pale pink, floral outfits hopped onto the yacht to examine the ethereal, light-filled saloon. With a myriad storage areas tucked neatly in a number of areas, inside the cosy cabins and beneath the captain’s seat, the mannequin ensures these on board journey in fashion and luxury.

Extra Than Only a Cat

Designed by Alexander Simonis of Simonis Voogd Design, the 40PC is surprisingly roomy, notable for an virtually 22ft beam and a spacious flybridge that Leopard describes as “the biggest ever seen on a 40ft vessel”.

Nevertheless, every of its social areas — aft cockpit, flybridge, saloon, foredeck — primarily presents an intimate setting for a gaggle of six, compared to the 46PC and flagship 53PC fashions within the powercat collection, which each cater to bigger teams of eight or so.

Alexander Simonis has created a notably sharp exterior

Like its massive sisters, the 40PC options sharp strains and a contemporary design, the place glorious options embody making the engine rooms simply accessible.

From a distance, the cat appears to be like able to ship a smooth, environment friendly and high-performance expertise, and it delivers on expectations. Outfitted with twin 250hp engines as normal, it presents the choice to improve to 320hp or 370hp engines, which allow the powercat to succeed in over 20 knots and cruise at about 17 knots.

The hulls encase massive cabins

To get aboard, friends can use both of the symmetrical staircases on either side of the aft platform, flanked by two shore powerlines. The cockpit has a hard and fast, forward-facing couch and a desk, with foldable director’s chairs providing additional seating.

Aspect decks provide entry across the boat, with grabrails on either side of the superstructure growing visitor security together with the wraparound double railings. The foredeck can be reached by way of the ahead saloon door, a particular characteristic of Leopard fashions since 2010.

Large aspect decks and grabrails provide foredeck entry

The bow space is centrally fitted with sunpads, together with a single to starboard and a double to port, each with fitted headrests. The sunbathing space extends to the bow, the place not less than two folks can lie horizontally.

In a intelligent piece of design, there’s ample house beneath the delicate sunpads for storage. That is ideally suited for contemporary travellers who wish to entertain friends whereas conserving the looks of the yacht minimal, refined and tidy.

A ahead saloon door results in the foredeck

Arguably one of the best outside space is the flybridge, which is accessed from the cockpit by port-side stairs. The steps lead as much as the ahead finish of the flybridge, the place the higher helm is to starboard and has a double bench seat with a moveable backrest.

The helm contains a management panel fitted with Raymarine and Yanmar shows, whereas there’s a low-set windscreen in entrance and on either side of the flybridge.

The massive flybridge has a C-shaped couch going through a moist bar and bench seat

To starboard is the primary social space, a C-shaped couch with a desk, which is out there in teak or fibreglass and is fitted with a number of cup holders, permitting friends to soundly stow chilly drinks on a scorching day.

To port is a moist bar and a double couch ahead, permitting for 4 sides of seating, ideally suited for dialog and cocktails. There’s additionally a big, clear space aft that can be utilized how the proprietor sees match. Total, the flybridge offers a cushty atmosphere for stress-free and having fun with the ocean breeze, providing 360-degree visibility to make it the yacht’s prime location for panoramic views.

The aft cockpit contains a lengthy couch and a desk providing alfresco eating

One other key characteristic is the mannequin’s emphasis on security, and the pink label with the phrase ‘Hearth’ is current on many space for storing surfaces to point the place security tools is positioned. Furthermore, some surfaces on the foredeck are hole to permit the swift drainage of water if a wave or spray lands on the bow.

Fashionable Inside

The saloon could be accessed from the aft cockpit by a sliding door or from the foredeck by way of a ahead door. Beginning aft, the saloon consists of full-height refrigeration to starboard and an L-shaped galley to port, the place tools features a range, oven, sink, dishwasher, dish-drying rack and many storage.

L-shaped galley to port and refrigeration to starboard

When vital, the dish-drying rack space could be transformed to make a double sink. Close by is a hidden counter that may be prolonged, with electrical sockets ideally suited for plugging in a espresso machine. The cream-coloured countertop is refined and complicated.

When making ready meals or drinks, the galley offers a spacious space for entertaining friends. The designers thoughtfully ensured easy accessibility to the facility controls close to the galley, so folks can control the symptoms whereas within the space.

The lounge has an L-shaped couch going through a single chair, aft of the helm

The ahead lounging space consists of an L-shaped couch to port plus a going through chair to the starboard, aft of the decrease helm, which has an adjustable backrest. Completed in elegant gray and cream tones, the inside options many massive home windows, offering a panoramic view of the ocean from the saloon and accentuating the ethereal feeling of the light-filled house.

The angle of the TV display, mounted on an extension arm fastened to the bulkhead, could be adjusted for these seated on the L-shaped couch or going through chair. The delicate carpet and the snug cloth of the pillows create a relaxed environment and a pleasant hub for dialog.

Within the starboard hull, the master bedroom has a desk beneath the TV

To starboard, the helm seat is supplied with space for storing beneath. Furthermore, the Raymarine screens, joystick and monitoring system make sure the skipper is conscious of all the things that’s occurring. The management panel permits the skipper to watch knowledge together with tank ranges, pace and rather more.

Starboard stairs result in the full-length grasp stateroom, which begins aft with a forward-facing double mattress. The cabin additionally has a central desk beneath a big, adjustable TV, whereas ahead is a full-height cabinet, drawers on either side and extra storage earlier than an en-suite toilet with a big bathe within the forepeak.

Ahead is numerous storage and the en-suite toilet

The steps on the port aspect descend to the 2 visitor cabins, which every have an island mattress and a full size mirror, and share a rest room. In all of the cabins, the delicate, heat glow from the dimmable lights alongside the perimeters of the ceilings offers a comfy feeling, whereas there are blinds on the home windows. Every cabin can be geared up with fire-safety tools.

All Leopard fashions, together with charter-specified variations branded for The Moorings and Sunsail, are inbuilt Cape City by Robertson & Caine, one among South Africa’s main yacht builders.

The ahead visitor cabin shares a rest room

Like its sister fashions, the 40PC is out there for constitution and personal homeowners underneath a administration programme by way of The Moorings, whereas additionally providing probably the most inexpensive entry into Leopard’s famend powercat household.

This text first appeared on Yacht Fashion.

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