Hurry up and Wait
After test sailing our new Leopard 50 in Cape Town in early February, we couldn’t wait for the boat to get to Florida. We had sold our previous boat in November so this not having a boat thing was getting old. We knew it was going to make the March ship, which would put it in Florida around the first week of April, and we were standing on the docks waiting for her. Once here, all we had time for was a bottle of Rose’ on board before the outfitting began. Outfitting a boat for us is a big job. The factory does offer some of the items we wanted, like solar panels and a water maker, but with our previous experiences with boats we knew what brands and specific models of equipment we wanted, and it wasn’t necessarily what they offer.
Nothing but felines
Having a good outfitter (installer) for all your aftermarket goods can make this process a blast – and with the wrong outfitter you can be burdened with problems that linger for years. We have outfitted several boats and we are now on our second Leopard with Just Catamarans in Dania Beach and we believe they are top notch. They have many talented mechanics and boatwrights that can handle an amazing amount of tedious jobs that require a specific group of skills like electrical, mechanical, fiberglass, gelcoat, and basic engineering. Some of this stuff has never been done before on a boat like ours. So, nothing is “standard” – it is essentially all custom.
As I type this we have finished most of the work and Lennie and I have moved the boat to a resort marina and we just had our first weekend “enjoying” the boat. This video is a sneak peak at the work that goes into this outfitting thing!