Your Cheat Sheet to the Leopard 51PC

Publish date: 
Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 - 16:30

If you want to learn more about the Leopard 51PC, you have come to the right place. The crown jewel of our powercat fleet brings with her innovative features that are sure to impress!

Before you keep reading be sure to check out the models that led up to the Leopard 51PC.

Did you know that while sailing catamarans (in their modern form) have been around for about 50 years, power catamarans did not enter the scene until the mid-90s? Naval architects and Leopard Catamaran designers, Simonis Voogd Yacht Design, stepped into the powercat game in 1997 and took it upon themselves to create the perfect hull configuration. What makes the perfect hull configuration on a powercat? They decided on a list of the following attributes:

  • Low resistance through a large speed range,
  • Good sea keeping abilities,
  • Good motion behavior in a seaway,
  • The ability to maintain performance through a large range of displacements.

 

Our designers were able to produce these qualities in the design of the Leopard 51PC. How were they able to manage this? Designer Alexander Simons explains that this was accomplished through eight months of extensive studying and testing with NUMECA, the current market leader in the industry for CFD which stands for “Computational Fluid Dynamics” (sometimes called Virtual Tank Testing). NUMECA’s testing programs have been used by Oracle Team USA and Emirates New Zealand in the America’s Cup to optimize catamaran design.

It was 15 years of research and design that led us to the Leopard 51PC.

The Leopard 51PC is equipped with efficient Yanmar V8 diesels engines which are smooth and quiet. She also boasts the best fuel economy when comparing mile/ gallon versus speed. And the design of the propeller tunnel provides a dynamic lift under the stern.

Entertain your friends and family on the expansive flybridge, which is the heart and soul of this yacht. It includes a hard top, ample seating, a sunbathing platform and a standard wet bar with options for a fridge, icemaker and grill.

Technical Specifications:

Cruising Speed: 17.4 knots

Top Speed: 25 knots

Draft: 3 ft. 2.6 in.

Engine: 2 x 370 hp

Displacement: 40,785 lbs

Cabins/ Heads: 3/3 or 4/4

Beam: 25ft. 1 in.

Want to discover more about the Leopard 51PC from the designer himself, including the performance of this yacht versus the competition? Click the button below and fill out our form to receive a technical document written by Alexander Simonis to your inbox instantly!

"The requirements for the hull shape of a catamaran type of power yacht proved [during early research in 1997] to be quite different to those of single hull yachts...These requirements are not that far off to what those are on the sailing catamarans except for the one big difference being in how they are powered through the water, the one by sails while the other uses propellers. The main difference comes in terms of trim....The hull requirements to deal with the trim are directly opposite each other [for sailboats and powerboats] and as such cannot be solved in a single static hull shape.​"

 -Alexander Simonis, Simonis Voogd Yacht Desgin