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Sailing Magazine’s Review

Ready to Rumble

2016 September 1

By JOHN KRETSCHMER

Cleverly designed and easy to sail, this cruising cat is set for adventure

The Miami Boat Show is a catamaran sailor’s fantasy venue. Leading multihull manufacturers from around the world display not just their latest models, but in many cases their full range of boats. There’s no denying that spacious cruising cats with their mix of outdoor and indoor living spaces are ideal for tropical waters and the palm-tree-lined Miami setting is apropos. Every year we review at least one cat after the show and this year we chose the popular Leopard 44.

Designed by the American team of Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin, the Leopard 44 is built in South Africa by Robertson and Caine. The combination of innovative design, excellent performance and robust construction has come to define the Leopard series. It is renown for introducing the forward cockpit to the cruising catamaran market. The charter boat version of the Leopard 44 is called the Sunsail 444.

http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1796-leopard-44-boat-test.html


Cruising World’s Review

Leopard 44
This midsize model from Leopard joins the multihull fleet. “Boat Review” from our

By Mark Pillsbury December 8, 2011

Leopard Catamarans

South African catamaran builder Robertson and Caine and veteran multihull designers Morrelli & Melvin teamed up once again to produce the new Leopard 44, which is also available for charter as the Sunsail 444. The builder’s longtime role as the supplier of catamarans to both Sunsail and The Moorings means that the build team has extensive owner and charterer feedback when it comes time to launch a new model. The result has been cats that are easy and fun to sail, ruggedly built to avoid downtime when in charter, and relatively affordable (view the complete photo gallery here).

https://www.cruisingworld.com/sailboats/leopard-44-new-cat-set-prowl


SAIL’s Review

Leopard 44
The latest collaboration bet-ween builder Robertson and Caine and designers Morrelli & Melvin has upped the high standards set by the rest of the Leopard fleet. This new 44-footer should be popular with private owners. I suspect it will be equally popular with charterers as the Sunsail 444.

ANDREW BURTON
MAY 21, 2011

The latest collaboration bet-ween builder Robertson and Caine and designers Morrelli & Melvin has upped the high standards set by the rest of the Leopard fleet. This new 44-footer should be popular with private owners. I suspect it will be equally popular with charterers as the Sunsail 444.

CONSTRUCTION

The Leopard 44 is built on an industrial scale, with each boat moving along an assembly line at the company’s large plant in Cape Town, South Africa. On a visit to the factory a few years ago, I was impressed with not only Robertson and Caine’s build process, but the end result as well.

https://www.sailmagazine.com/boats/leopard-44


Boats.com’s Review

Leopard 44: New Cruising Catamaran, New Ideas

The designer and builder of the Leopard 44 teamed up to create a fast, versatile cat that benefits from extensive owner feedback.

By Zuzana Prochazka
July 6, 2011

The new Robertson & Caine Leopard 44 is a cruising catamaran that introduces some truly innovative features. I arrived at that conclusion not only after being aboard one, but after sitting down with designer and chief engineer Gino Morrelli, and especially after chartering another cat recently in the South Pacific — not a Leopard 44 — where I found my thoughts going back to this design and how its features would have made sense in that setting. The thought that has gone into the 44 design was a result of feedback from owners and charterers who had practical ideas on how a catamaran is used both underway and at anchor.

https://www.boats.com/reviews/leopard-44-new-cruising-catamaran-new-ideas/


Leopard 44 Wins Sail Magazine’s Best Boat of the Year 2012
-Market Wire


The Leopard 44 Wins Again
-Manufacturing Digital


Leopard 44: Import Boat of the Year & Best Cruising Multihull
-Cruising World, Sailing World Press Release


The Leopard 44: Best Boats 2012 Winner 
-Sail Magazine, Best boats 2012


Cruising World Announces ’10 BOTY Winners
-Cruising World, Sailing World Press Release



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Michael James
Michael James
Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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