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.

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines

Posted by oceanlines in Boats, Industry News

Diesel-Electric at the Miami Boat Show

Glacier Bay dropped me a line today to let me know that they will have a diesel-electric catamaran at the Strictly Sail venue of this year’s Miami International Boat Show.  AND, the boat will be available for customers to ride, so they can see and feel the differences with an electron-powered boat.

Glacier Bay diesel-electric-powered Alwoplast catamaran

Glacier Bay diesel-electric-powered Alwoplast catamaran

The boat on display will be Asanagi, a Crowther design, #95 – MKII, 47 ft. in length, built by Alwoplast in Valdivia, Chile.  In fact, the boat just came up from Chile under its own power so there will be experienced crew there to talk about the trip and how all the systems performed.  The boat will be at dock slip L1B, in an area referred to as the “Hardrock Dock.”
The Glacier Bay team will have their systems on display at the Bayside location at booth 219 and also at booth R47 at the Convention Center.
If, like me, you’re fascinated by the potential of diesel-electric systems and technology, like the OSSA Powerlite technology developed by Glacier Bay, take a ride on an actual diesel-electric boat and see how it works in the real world.

Copyright 2008 Thomas M. Tripp

Posted by Tom in Boats