South Africa’s premier builder of catamarans, Robertson & Caine, has been building cats for The Moorings and the Leopard line for nearly two decades. The new Leopard 38, which is the sister ship to the new Sunsail 384, was introduced to North America at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis last October.
The 38 was designed by Morrelli & Melvin to be the little sister to the Leopard 40 and 46. The new design has the stepped hull design M&M have pioneered, which reduces hull volume below the water to enhance performance while adding volume above the water to expand interior volume in the sleeping cabins.
The 38 has an innovative cockpit design with a built-in hard top that has a cutout to starboard so the helmsman can stand up to see both bows when docking. All of the sheets run to a winch at the helm so one person can steer and trim at the same time; this is useful for couples cruising without crew. The main traveler runs across the hard top with the control lines also easily accessible to the person at the helm.
The 38 has a three-cabin owner’s plan in which the master suite takes up the entire starboard hull. This space can be closed off for privacy with a sliding door. The port hull has two double cabins that share a central head and shower. An optional four-cabin version has two double cabins in each hull.
The saloon offers a huge U-shaped dinette forward that stretches the width of the cabin. The small galley to port is also U-shaped and has a good amount of counter space, storage lockers, a two burner stove-oven and a large stainless steel sink.
The interior fit and finish of the new Leopard 38 is the high quality we have come to expect from Robertson & Caine. The fiberglass moldings are impeccable. The interior furniture and bulkheads are varnished cherry veneers and fitted with top-of-the line hardware. Each cabin has plenty of storage for personal items and clothing.
The new 38 packs a huge amount of comfort and style into a fairly small package. The boat will sail well and will be easy to handle around the docks. A great family cruiser, the Leopard 38 will be the boat for couples looking for a blue water cat they can handle without crew.
Displ. 19,790 lbs.
Fuel 92 gals.
Water 206 gals.
Engines 19-hp. (x2)
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