We checked out and sailed a couple of different Leopards in BVI. If we were to buy a cat it would be an Admiral 50 out of South Africa. Please check it out and connect with the owner David Bird.
12-13-2006 09:03 PM
Seajoy...Welcome! What Jones is referring to is that you've dredged up an old thread for your first post. If you want to ask a question that is not addressed on a current thread...start one of your own.
As to your question...I know very little about Cats...but the Leopards I've been on sure do seem a cut above the typical brands you see. I would think the higher bridge decks make them more comfortable at sea as well.
BTW, a quick google search... for Skipper Bob ICW Guide would have gotten the page for you...but it wasn't the top link...not even close.
07-14-2006 03:34 AM
Hey, I checked out the Skipperbob link and it was just real estate info. Any ideas?
07-14-2006 03:33 AM
ebs, thanks, I'm reading as much as possible before I actually jump into it. I do believe that it is the flybridge that adds the additional mast height. I'm not worried about staying in the ICW all of the way, as long as I can hop in and out when I need to. I'm still not sure if I want the flybridge or maybe just the raised helm seat of the leopard. I know that I'm fortunate to have such tough decisions.... My guide books for the ICW should be here within the next few days - will post if there are any specific questions. Thanks for the help. How many beers you got??
07-11-2006 09:47 PM
The lagoon 44 has a bridge clearance of 70 ft. Other cruising cats in this size range are around 60 ft, so it must be the flybridge. Most fixed bridges on the ICW give a minimum clearance of 65 ft. although there is a bridge at the North end of Biscayne Bay that only has a clearance of 56 Ft. Skipper Bob publishes a couple of inexpensive books ($16 ea) that I found invaluable when I have travelled on the ICW. He has a web sight http://skipperbob.att.home.net where you can get descriptions of the books available. They are updated each year so are they are always current.
How many beer?
07-10-2006 12:28 AM
Thanks sailing dog. I checked out the Gemini, but I think it's a little small for us at this point - I think once we get going we can downsize, but don't think we could go from shore to ship that size at this point. I think the American version of the Lagoon 44 has an air draft around 63', so I guess I'm outside most of the way... I have ordered this years guides to the ICW, I guess they show clearances in various areas. I'm not too worried about doing the whole trip in bluewater, just wanted to see certain sites along the waterway. Thanks for the info..
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