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Brief Summary

Today we are reviewing the Leopard 51 PC. Leopard catamarans are built by Robertson and Caine in South Africa. They have become quite popular with charter operators, like The Moorings, for their sheer volume of entertainment space and the number of people they can accommodate. Add in a shallow draft, a reasonable cruising range, and good handling characteristics, and one can easily see how they would appeal to private owners as well, particularly those entertaining weekend or overnight guests.

Key Features

  • 3 or 4 cabin layout, each with private ensuite heads
  • Four distinct entertainment areas
  • Optional crew berth and head with private entrances
  • Forward cockpit for better ventilation and improved visibility
  • Flybridge lounge, with optional grill and galley
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 51'
    15.54 m
    Beam 25' 1''
    7.65 m
    Dry Weight 40,785 lbs.
    18,500 kg
    Tested Weight 45,366 lbs.
    20,578 kg
    Draft 3' 3''
    0.99 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 9''
    2.06 m
    Bridge Clearance 2' 10.6''
    0.88 m
    Weight Capacity 13,215 lbs.
    6,000 kg
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 396 gal.
    1,499 L
    Water Capacity 206 gal.
    779 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 370-hp Yammar diesel engines
    Tested Power 2 x 370-hp Yanmar 8LV
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    550 3.9 3.3 0.4 9.6 8.4 3430 2982.9 59
    1000 6.6 5.7 0.9 7.3 6.3 2594 2255.5 65
    1250 7.9 6.9 1.8 4.4 3.8 1564 1360.2 67
    1500 9.5 8.2 2.9 3.3 2.9 1182 1027.6 70
    1750 10.6 9.2 4.6 2.3 2.0 830 722.0 72
    2000 11.4 9.9 6.8 1.7 1.5 595 517.3 74
    2200 12.1 10.5 9.3 1.3 1.1 462 401.6 75
    2400 13.4 11.6 12.7 1.1 0.9 375 325.8 75
    2600 15.3 13.3 15.0 1.0 0.9 365 317.2 76
    2800 17.6 15.3 17.3 1.0 0.9 364 316.2 77
    3000 19.6 17.0 20.2 1.0 0.8 345 299.9 77
    3200 21.5 18.7 23.6 0.9 0.8 325 282.3 77
    3400 23.3 20.2 28.4 0.8 0.7 292 254.2 79
    3600 24.7 21.5 32.5 0.8 0.7 271 235.9 79
    3800 26.7 23.2 37.4 0.7 0.6 254 221.2 79
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    550 2982.9 5520 6.30 1.51 4.08 59
    1000 2255.5 4175 10.60 3.41 3.10 65
    1250 1360.2 2517 12.70 6.81 1.87 67
    1500 1027.6 1902 15.30 10.98 1.40 70
    1750 722.0 1336 17.10 17.41 0.98 72
    2000 517.3 958 18.30 25.74 0.72 74
    2200 401.6 744 19.50 35.20 0.55 75
    2400 325.8 604 21.60 48.07 0.47 75
    2600 317.2 587 24.60 56.78 0.43 76
    2800 316.2 586 28.30 65.49 0.43 77
    3000 299.9 555 31.50 76.47 0.43 77
    3200 282.3 523 34.60 89.34 0.38 77
    3400 254.2 470 37.50 107.51 0.34 79
    3600 235.9 436 39.80 123.03 0.34 79
    3800 221.2 409 43.00 141.57 0.30 79

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 8.8 sec.
    0 to 30 12.9 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props 584mm x 586mm x 4
    Load 3 persons, full fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 70 deg., 58 humid; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: 0

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Leopard 51 PC running
    Cruising at 1500 rpm, the Leopard 51 PC has a range of over a thousand miles.
    Leopard 51 PC aft deck
    Looking forward from the aft deck, right through the salon opening to the forward lounge makes apparent the natural ventilation available in the cabin. Yes, A/C is an option as is the composite teak decking.

    Mission

    The Leopard 51 PC is a blue-water cruising cat that has plenty of entertainment space, performs well, and is ruggedly constructed as attested to by the fact that a number of them have gone from South Africa to the Caribbean on their own bottoms.

    Distinguishing Features

      • Stepped hull design

      • Forward lounge expands space and enhances ventilation

      • Salon open concept to galley

    Leopard 51 PC layout
    The three-cabin layout of the Leopard 51 PC has the master suite to starboard and the private guest suites to port.
    Leopard 51 PC layout
    The four-cabin layout also shows the optional crew berth and head forward with private access through deck hatches.

    Major Features

      • Entertainment space

      • Sleeping accommodations

    Leopard 51 PC running
    All Leopard catamarans are NMMA (U.S.) and CE (European) certified. Travelopia is the sole distributor worldwide, centralizing service and warranty through their Dania Beach, FL office in the U.S.

    Design

    Engine access is under the aft berths of each hull. It is not expected that one would be sleeping while underway, but we tested the decibel level at WOT just in case - 80db.

    The walkthrough cabin has sliding doors on both fore and aft ends which lead to more entertainment areas, but also provide air flow through the main salon.

    Leopard 51 PC side decks
    24” (.61 m) wide sidedecks allow one to walk freely fore and aft without cutting through the cabin.

    Performance and Handling

    The Leopard 51 PC has an overall length of 51’ (15.54 m), a beam of 25’1” (7.64 m) and a draft of 3’3” (.99 m). With an empty weight of 40,785 lbs. (18,500 kg), full fuel and three people on board, the Leopard 51 PC had an estimated test weight of 45,366 lbs. (20,578 kg).

    With a pair of 370 Yanmar 8 LV diesels turning 584 mm x 586 mm 4-bladed props we reached a top speed of 23.2 kt at 3800 rpm. As is typical of a catamaran, the performance is rather linear so there really is no best cruise speed. We found her most comfortable to operate at 3000 rpm and 17 knots, where the 20.2 gph fuel burn resulted in .8 nautical miles per gallon and a range of just under 300 nautical miles. For distance cruising, 1500 rpm resulted in the speed of 8.2 knots and a fuel burn of 2.9 gallons per hour. That translated into nearly 3 nautical miles per gallon and a range of 1027.6 nautical miles, with a 10% reserve of the boat’s 396 gallon (1,499 L) total fuel capacity.

    Leopard 51 PC

    The Leopard 51 PC accelerates on an even keel, coming up to planing speed in an average 8.8 seconds and continuing through 20 mph in 12.9. She’s got excellent turning authority, so those boating in waters heavily laden with pot buoys will have little need for evasion tactics. Of course with a boat that should be rock solid in seas, we got flat calm conditions for our test with nothing but a wake here and there to jump, so we just can’t comment on how well she handles rough water.

    Boat Inspection

    Aft Deck

    Leopard 51 PC side deck
    On the sidedeck behind the enormous 4’4” x 4’8” (1.32 m x 1.42 m) aft table, is a transparent hatch. This provides light and ventilation (when open) to the aft cabin on the port side. All the cabins have similar opening skylights.
    Leopard 51 PC aft deck
    The aft deck also has a hardtop. Note the black edge near the perimeter of the hardtop; this is the drop down soft enclosure in its stowed position.
    Leopard 51 PC tender
    Our test boat had the optional tender platform with its 1,000 lb. (454 kg) lift capacity. The optional stainless racks on either side are for dive bottle stowage.
    Leopard 51 PC hull
    Each hull has a step-down stern platform. Below the top step is access to the rudder head steering gear.

    Salon

    The high 6’9” (2.06 m) overhead and panoramic windows make the large salon feel even larger.

    Leopard 51 PC u shaped
    The U-shaped seating in the salon has a drop down table for additional berth space.
    Leopard 51 PC helm
    The lower helm in the salon does not have a wheel, as you would typically be on autopilot if you need to be inside.
    Leopard 51 PC galley
    The open concept galley is available with optional upgrades to a four-burner propane stove and a larger oven.
    Leopard 51 PC fridge
    A drawer-front refrigerator and freezer is below the electrical panel. Simply swing the 40” (1.02 m) flatscreen TV away to access the panel.

    Forward Lounge

    An L-shaped settee with swing up tables is flanked by lounge pads to either side.

    Leopard 51 PC lounge
    The forward lounge is covered by a hardtop with a sun pad (accessible via the flybridge). Note the sliding hatch in the center of the hardtop, just in front of the sun pad, that provides additional protection to the lounge area or opens to give better access from the lounge to the foredeck. Also note how the edge of the hardtop has a lip to channel water off to the sides.
    Leopard 51 PC lounge area
    Decks slope inwards leading to direct overboard drainage, seen here in the forward lounge area.

    Bow

    Leopard 51 PC foredeck
    The foredeck is massive with permanent seats. The black hatch tops open to the optional crew berth and crew head, respectively.
    Leopard 51 PC bow storage
    Storage in front of the forward lounge opens to a fresh water tank on left, the anchor windlass center, and an optional 9 kW generator on the right.

    Flybridge

    Leopard 51 PC fly bridge helm
    The flybridge helm has an adjustable tilt wheel, which is almost unnecessary in tight spaces, as the engines are so wide apart on the 25’ (7.62 m) beam that one can steer and maneuver with the throttles alone.
    Leopard 51 PC fly bridge
    The entertainment space of the flybridge would make Cleopatra’s barge envious. The space on the left, behind the settee, is roomy enough for deck chairs on the large “back porch”. The backrest bolsters flip to adjust seating to suit.
    Leopard 51 PC wet bar
    The flybridge wet bar with corian top has additional options shown here: electric grill, icemaker, and a refrigerator. The island serves to protect the flybridge access ladder just in front.
    Leopard 51 PC helm
    The primary helm station on the flybridge has a door just to the center for access to a sun pad measuring 77” x 61” (195.58 cm x 154.94 cm). Again, note the drop down enclosure on the 6’10” (2.08 m) overhead.

    Accommodations

    Master

    Leopard 51 PC master
    The master berth has three opening ports for light and ventilation, a berth that measures 80” x 58” (203.20 cm x 147.32 cm) with built-in shelving on one side, a small bench seat outboard at the foot of the bed, and a 6’7” (2.01 m) overhead. The bed hinges up to access the engine.
    Leopard 51 PC master
    The master suite has five in-deck storage compartments, a vanity with soft-close top, and more cabinet storage. Note the sliding privacy door at the stair opening (right) to secure the entire suite.
    Leopard 51 PC shower
    Entering the master head, notice the walk in shower stall with a bench seat directly ahead. On the right tucked away behind closed doors is a combination washer-dryer laundry.

    Master Head

    With a three-stateroom configuration there is a large light-filled master ensuite head forward. The light comes from a side window and opening overhead skylight. A walk-in shower stall behind a glass door flanks the sink, with its solid countertop. There is storage underneath, a mirrored medicine cabinet, and a full length mirror on the privacy door.

    Guest Quarters

    The double berths of each guest cabin are practically the same size as the master berth.

    Leopard 51 PC guest cabin
    Each guest cabin has its own ensuite bath with standup shower stall.

    Equipment Discussion – same price

      • Three or four cabin layout

      • 110v or 220v electrical

    Optional Equipment

      • Forepeak berth and head with A/C supply

      • Cruisair air conditioning

      • 9 kW generator

      • Electric powered tender/swim platform

      • Dive bottle racks

      • Flybridge wet bar accessories (grill, icemaker, etc.)

      • Liferaft - USCG safety package

      • Anchor and anchor bridle, fenders and docklines

      • Solar panels

      • 110v shorepower pack

      • Battery charger, inverter, upgrade to AGM batteries

      • Electric flushing toilets

      • Composite teak decking

      • Exterior color package

      • Washdown system

      • Select electronics and navigation upgrades

    Price

    $739,000 base, with above options $972,101.

    Observations

    We are always skeptical of builder’s claims, so when the description “blue-water” catamaran was pronounced, we naturally took it with a grain of salt. However, when you realize one of the delivery options from South Africa to the U.S. is on its own bottom – belief is warranted.

    Overall, this boat maneuvered easily, turning in its own length without a bow thruster, so it’s no wonder that Leopard does so well with their charter partner, The Moorings, keeping these models quite busy. It’s easily an owner-operated boat, but there’s also room for privacy, even with a captain aboard.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Leopard 51 PC (2019-) is 26.7 mph (43 kph), burning 37.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 141.56 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Leopard 51 PC (2019-) is 19.6 mph (31.5 kph), and the boat gets 1.0 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.43 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 345 miles (555.22 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Yanmar 8LV.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    TV/DVD Optional
    Water Heater Optional
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Optional
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Davit Optional
    Freezer Standard
    Washer/Dryer Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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