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Leopard Catamarans

December 13, 2011 08:00 ET

The Leopard 44 Wins Again

Leopard 44 Awarded Boat of the Year in Two Categories by Cruising World Magazine

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - Dec 13, 2011) - On the heels of winning SAIL Magazine's "Best Boat 2012," Cruising World Magazine awarded the Leopard 44 the sought after title of Boat of the Year 2012. In fact, she impressed the judges enough to earn Best Multihull of the Year as well as Import Boat of the Year! The Cruising World BOTY awards recognize the top new sailboats making their debut in the North American market. This year, the competition consisted of 22 nominated sail boats in 5 different categories.

The Leopard 44 follows in the steps of her award-winning little sister, the Leopard 38, who also earned Import Boat of the Year and Best Cruising Multihull in the 2010 Cruising World BOTY competition.

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 of the most sought after brand of catamarans globally. It was not one part of the boat that the judges fell in love with, but rather the parts of the whole that "far exceed the sum," said Herb McCormick of Cruising World magazine (McCormick, 2012).

The most significant modification on the Leopard 44 is the addition of the open forward cockpit with direct access from the saloon. This offers increased visibility, ventilation and a significant new approach on adding increased living space in an ergonomic and safe design. However, Beth Leonard, one of the judges for the BOTY awards, was most impressed with the "raised steering section, from which the winches and sheets were readily at hand and the sight lines forward clear and unobstructed" (McCormick, 2012). "That pod was great. Everything was right there and intuitive. You could reef the boat standing in one place," Beth went on to say (McCormick, 2012).

For judge Ed Sherman, the boats interior had the most allure. "I loved the owner's cabin. The nice couch, the spacious head and office -- you could slip into you own little world," he commented (McCormick, 2012). While the interior is extraordinarily pleasing, it was the layout that sold judge Alvah Simon. "The overall ergonomics were very clean," he explained (McCormick, 2012).

In addition to private ownership through Leopard Catamarans the Leopard 44 is also available for ownership through the Sunsail Yacht Partnership Program as a Sunsail 444 (4 cabin charter layout). Through the Sunsail Yacht Partnership Program, Sunsail pays the owner's monthly boat payment, all operating expenses and allows access to over 30 destinations worldwide utilizing up to 12 weeks of owner use per year.

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

For Sunsail charter yacht ownership information email or call 1-800-817-0807

McCormick, H. (2012, January). A Classy Class of New Boats. Cruising World, 64.

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