New Leopard 38 Sailing Cat Debuts at Annapolis

Bow Running Shot of New Leopard 38 Sailing Catamaran

Bow Running Shot of New Leopard 38 Sailing Catamaran

Leopard Catamarans showed off its brand new 38 sailing catamaran at last weekend’s Annapolis Sailboat show.  The boat rounds out the company’s sailboat fleet, with models now at 38, 40 and 46 feet.  Leopard also has two Powercats available, the 37 and 47.  OceanLines reviewed the full Leopard Catamaran line here.  According to the company, “She is focused on performance, comfort and offering an abundance of outdoor space. With her generous sail plan and hull design the Leopard 38 offers high performance yet is highly practical and easy-to-use. ”  The new boat is likely to suit both first-time cat buyers, perhaps a young family, or an experienced cruiser who wants a strong, fast shallow-draft boat for island hopping.

In true catamaran fashion, interior spaces are roomy and comfortable.   The 3-cabin owner’s version features two spacious double cabins in the port hull while the entire starboard hull is dedicated to an owner’s suite featuring double cabin, desk and seat, large head compartment, and plenty of storage.  Generous headroom throughout plus substantial storage capacity as a result of under-bunk lockers in each cabin gives even more space for onboard relaxation.  

In Leopard Cat’s words, “The exterior of the Leopard 38 is equally well thought out, with a large cockpit hardtop providing excellent shade and weather protection and a powerboat-style stepped transom enabling easier boarding.  The vertical front windscreens give superb panoramic visibility, more effective use of interior volume as well as sun protection.  Environmental considerations were also central to the design, with solar panels installed as standard on the helm hardtop to charge the onboard batteries.”

Standard base price for the Leopard 38 will be $279,000, ex-factory in Cape Town.

Specifications*

Leopard 38
Cabins 3 or 4
Heads 3 or 4
LOA 17′ 6″
LWL 36″
Beam 19′ 9″
Draft 3′ 5″
Power 2 x diesel 19hp ea.
Fuel 92 gal
Water 206 gal
Berths 6 + 2
Heads 2
Showers 3

* Specifications provided by Leopard Catamarans

Check out this gallery of Leopard 38 images, provided by Leopard Catamarans

 

Click here to see a gallery of all the current Leopard Catamaran boats.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .