Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Mike Fulton

Recently Leopard Catamarans launched their all new, spacious, Leopard 51 Powercat (PC), built by Robertson and Caine and designed by Simonis Voogd Design. The newest member of the power catamaran fleet sports a multitude of exciting features: a sleek design, a large forward cockpit, additional lounging areas, an expansive flybridge and a completely redesigned interior. She also offers more stability than traditional power monohulls.

Launch Of The Leopard 51 Powercat

Drawing on the earlier successes of the Leopard 39 PC and Leopard 47 PC, this catamaran is far more fuel-efficient than previous models. With standard engines she has sufficient range to go from Florida to New York without refueling. This is not bad for a boat measuring just 15.54 metres and carrying only 1,500 mlitres of fuel. She has a beam of 7.6 metres and a draft of a mere 0.9 metres. With a displacement of 14,147 kilogrammes she is powered by two 150 horsepower engines

Leopard team member Peter Wiersema explained: “The 2014 Leopard 51 PC is expected to revolutionize the world of power catamarans. She has a stealth-like hull that allows a cruising speed of 20 knots and top speed of 25 knots.”

The Leopard 51 Powercat features magnificent stability, even in rough seas. Alexander Simonis, who designed her, went out for a trial run in Table Bay during a severe winter storm with swells up to seven meters. He felt these were ideal conditions to show off her power and ability and said: “We headed out into the swell at over 20 knots. The boat had nice dynamic stability at that speed and was launching off the crests, landing smoothly, keeping up her speed and taking on the next one. Driving straight into the large swell, there was no water coming over the deck and only minor spray could be noticed at the bows as we rode down the waves.”

Launch Of The Leopard 51 Powercat 2

She incorporates a brilliant ergonomic layout to make maneuvering around the power yacht comfortable and easy. She can also be driven from the flybridge. The flybridge is very large, with seating for up to eight people, and there is a large cockpit forward.

The Leopard 51 PC also includes a completely redesigned interior, featuring new materials used for flooring and cabinetry creating a fresh modern look. She has a large open saloon, a galley with the latest appliances, three cabins and three heads. The entire starboard hull is dedicated to the owner’s suite. This Leopard thus combines the best from their sailing fleet with the luxury and ease of a power yacht.

Launch Of The Leopard 51 Powercat 4

In addition to private ownership through Leopard Catamarans, the Leopard 51 PC is also available for ownership through The Moorings Yacht Ownership Program (sometimes called the Intelligent Yacht Ownership Programme) as a Moorings 514 PC (four-cabin charter layout format). Through this programme, The Moorings pays the owner’s monthly boat payments, all operating expenses and allows access to The Moorings worldwide destinations utilizing up to 12 weeks of owner use per year.

Robertson and Caine design and build the Leopard line of blue water cruising catamarans and proudly states that over 1,000 Leopard cats have now sailed more than 9 million miles around the world’s oceans.