First Leopard 37 Powercat on the Way to U.S.

Leopard Catamarans is preparing the first 37 Powercat for shipment to the United States, following the first hull’s initial sea trials at builder Robertson and Caine, in Cape Town, South Africa. Making the journey aboard a freighter, she is expected to arrive in Baltimore early next month.

OceanLines is the first, as far as we know, to publish photos (see gallery below) of the new 37 Powercat making her initial sea trials off Cape Town last week. The boat will make her public debut in Annapolis and the Trawlerfest at Solomons Island, Maryland in early September.

The Morrelli and Melvin design features two staterooms and two heads, with the traditional roomy catamaran salon between hulls. There is a relatively large main-deck cockpit aft, shaded by the extended flybridge above. The flybridge features a large, centered helm station, with an L-shaped sette behind and a lounger to port. A stairway leads below to the main deck cockpit, through which the salon is entered.

In the salon, the galley is to starboard, with a navigation station to port.  A large U-shaped dinette is centered forward, facing aft. The boat is powered by two Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110 HP engines, with a total of 253 gallons of fuel available in two aluminum fuel tanks. Given the typical fuel efficiency of the catamaran design and the Yanmar diesels, range should be significant, although exact numbers weren’t yet available at press time.

Among the options, are a Northern Lights 6 kW generator and dual-zone air conditioning. The boat displaces approximately 8, 500 pounds and has a fresh water capacity of 113 gallons.  A specification chart follows the photo gallery.




36 Ft. 6 In.


35 Ft. 11 In.


14 Ft. 8 In.


3 Ft. 2 In.

2Yanmar Diesel

110 HP each


253 Gal.


113 Gal.






For latest specifications, be sure to contact manufacturer.

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Leopard 37 Powercat

Base price for the Leopard 37PC is $349,000 FOB Cape Town. Give LeopardCats a call at : +1 410-280-0520

What is the pricing for the Leopard 47?

Has any thoughts been made about a diesel-electric system using MB diesels and siemens propulson electric motors?

Bill Cook

Alaska Cabins

Is this boat capable of handling rough trips, like to Alaska from San Francisco? I am looking at the cabins and they do not seem to be well suited for overnight travel. Thanks in advance.

I’m hoping Leopard Cats chimes in here but I have my own thoughts. Much of the trip you describe is normally made along the inside passage, which has its quirks but not normally heavy seas and requirements for multi-day offshore passages. The offshore segment from SFO to Puget Sound might be more of a challenge, but when you consider that these boats are often delivered from their builder in South Africa on their own bottoms all over the world, I think the capability is certainly there. Also, when you’re cruising up the coast by choice — meaning you’re not a commercial boat with a deadline — there’s no reason not to wait for reasonable weather conditions. My bottom line? This is a boat clearly designed for coastal cruising but is certainly capable of taking careful offshore passages in transit to the great cruising grounds of the world.

– Tom

Leopard Cats?

Jeff Jones – Leopard Catamarans