Leopard 42 Catamaran An adaptable design for owners or charter fleets
The Leopard 42 is a blue water cruising catamaran designed for convenient boat handling, comfort on the water and reasonable upkeep efforts and costs. It favors none of these exclusively, but is notably successful in each category. For this reason, it is difficult to conveniently characterize it only as a charter design, or one favoring private ownership.
The Moorings offers this catamaran to owners for private purchase as the Leopard 42, usually with the owners quarters occupying the starboard hull and two guest rooms in the port hull. The charter version has 4 staterooms, each with a private head and is marketed as the Moorings 4200. Except for the interior layout and optional features, the two names refer to what is fundamentally the same catamaran. This review is based primarily on a cruising test of the charter version with 4 staterooms.
Leopard 42 (AKA Moorings 4200) Catamaran
Moorings 4200 is Built for Bluewater
By David McCreary
December 5, 2001
Following on the success of their Leopard 45 (known in the US as the Moorings 4500, winner of the 1999 Cruising World magazine’s award for “Best Cruising Yacht”), South African boat builder Robertson and Caine has launched the new Leopard 42 / Moorings 4200. The first boats will be in The Moorings’ Caribbean fleet this winter; private ownership sales are available now.
Robertson and Caine turned once again to the design firm of Simonis-Voogd, also of South Africa. This collaboration has won both firm accolades and awards from around the world, and has firmly established South Africa as one of the world’s pre-eminent boat building nations, particularly with regards to cruising catamarans, where it controls a huge market share. Favorable exchange rates, a highly skilled workforce, and quality of construction have all played a role in the explosive growth of the boat building industry there.