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Leopard Catamarans

December 08, 2011 10:08 ET

Leopard 44 Wins Sail Magazine's Best Boat of the Year 2012

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - Dec 8, 2011) - SAIL Magazine recently awarded the Leopard 44, the coveted title of Best Boat 2012 in the Cruising Multihull under 50 feet category. The Leopard 44 represents Robertson and Caine's latest innovative developments with modern features not yet seen on production catamarans, while remaining committed to the tried and tested features that have made the Leopard line one on the most sought after brand of catamarans globally.

"You expect voluminous accommodations on a catamaran of this size, and the 44 does not disappoint," says Peter Nielsen of SAIL Magazine (Nielsen, 2011). The most significant modification on the Leopard 44 is the addition of the open forward cockpit with direct access from the saloon. Unique to production catamarans, this feature offers increased visibility, ventilation, and a significant new approach on adding increased living space in an ergonomic and safe design feature. "The designers managed to make this addition without sacrificing internal volume by pushing the bridgedeck forward a little and shortening the bow trampoline," Peter explains (Nielsen, 2011).

This lounging area has a fixed overhead bimini for protection against the elements, forward door for direct access to saloon, splash cover, and drain. Furthermore, the forward door combined with large portlights in the windscreen allow for through ventilation in the saloon, even during a tropical downpour, where the forward bimini prevents water entry.

"Robust build and clever design are hallmarks of the range, and over the years each new model has featured a number of smart and sometimes downright innovative ideas and refinements," Peter says (Nielsen, 2011). He went on to say, "It's not easy to give a loaded cruising cat satisfying sailing performance, but the designers are known for their fast-sailing boats and the 44 is as sprightly as such cats get" (Nielsen, 2011).

Robertson and Caine design and build the Leopard line of blue water cruising catamarans. As the world wide dealer, Leopard Catamarans is proud to say that over 800 Leopard cats have now sailed more than 7 million miles and the world's largest oceans.

For additional information about Leopard Catamarans, please call Steve Long at 727-530-5424 or e-mail at slong@tuimarine.com.

Nielsen, P. (2011, November 17). Best boat 2012 winner: The leopard 44 (cruising multihull under 50 ft). Retrieved from www.sailmagazine.com

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