Leopard introduces first production catamaran with forward cockpit
Published: Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Leopard Catamarans, whose US-designed multihull yachts are primarily built in South Africa by Robertson and Caine, have just released images and information on their new 44, which features an open forward cockpit with direct access from the main saloon/bridgedeck area. The company claims that this is unique to production catamarans internationally.
This feature offers increased visibility, ventilation, and a huge increase in living space onboard. The lounging area forward of the bridgedeck has a fixed overhead bimini for protection from sun and rain, with a splash cover and a drain. The forward door, combined with large portlights in the windscreen, allow for improved ventilation even during a tropical rainstorm, as the forward bimini prevents water from entering the saloon. The forward door has additional dog clamps to ensure water tightness under heavy sea conditions, and there is a provision for installing a splash cover forward to deflect seas from entering the forward cockpit.
The 44 is available with two guest cabins to port with an owner’s cabin in the starboard hull.