Leopard 42

Without dispute this is our choice.

This catamaran is the unanimous winner in the Cruising World’s 2022 category Best Cruising Catamarans (Under 50’). It is the ideal cat for private ownership and/or bareboat chartering, with much to offer almost all desires.

Built in collaboration between South African builder Robertson and Caine and the Moorings, with naval architects Simonis and Voogd, this was a powerhouse BOTY entry. Not only does it have top sailing performance but the overall deck layout and the sailing tools are perfect (including blocks to replace the traveler, double mainsheet anchored on blocks either side of the bimini and access from the helm to sail single handed). The starboard helm is set so that visual eye contact is possible over the top of the cabin everywhere as well as into the saloon and cockpit.

Leopard sailing yachts have evolved from 50 years of customer feedback to design spacious, robust, performance-driven blue water cruising cats. The stepped hulls and powerful rig with overlapping Genoa lead to superior performance in all wind conditions. The sharp bows are designed specifically to lower water resistance and lead to less pitching motion.

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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Things we like:

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    It’s sailing performance including speed and the angle to point into the wind
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    Offset Steering station to starboard with great visibility
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    The helm set up for single handed Skipper when necessary
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    Forward positioned lounge space easily accessible via the saloon
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    This is a beautiful catamaran in all respects

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Leopard 42

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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    It’s sailing performance including speed and the angle to point into the wind
  • check-mark
    Offset Steering station to starboard with great visibility
  • check-mark
    The helm set up for single handed Skipper when necessary
  • check-mark
    Forward positioned lounge space easily accessible via the saloon
  • check-mark
    This is a beautiful catamaran in all respects

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