Ready to Cruise: How we outfitted our Leopard 50

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Half the fun

When the boat arrived in April, we were chomping at the bit to start the outfitting. We had attended all the boat shows and studied gear and manufacturers for everything you possibly could over a 2-year period – while still using our 48 as a test platform for what we would keep or do different.  We are spreadsheet people and it looked like we were writing a business plan to compete with Amazon! Now it was time to get stuff installed and follow the progress. Our offices are about 45 minutes from where the boat was being fitted (without traffic) so that was okay for a few weeks – until we had to start visiting it twice a day! And for months…

Production Boats

There really is no such thing with cats. Even a big builder like Leopard only builds about 180 per year and only about 30 of the big cats. That is semi-custom since each one is specified differently. They come out as one of a kind and the outfitting is no exception. Our 50 was only the second one Just Catamarans had seen, so a lot of what we installed was a “first” and there was a lot of meetings and discussions and changes as we went along. Lennie is a custom home builder, and she would rather build a million-dollar house for a perfectionist than build a boat. However, now that we had done this a few times we were an educated customer and it made it easier to understand the complexities and meet our expectations.

No it isn’t

Okay I lied. Cruising it was much more than half the fun. Although we enjoyed the outfitting process, as I write this, we are returning from a 10-day 350-mile cruise in the Bahamas. It was a two-year dream come true. The boat performed flawlessly, and all our systems performed as we had hoped – from sailing, to cooking, to exploring and just living and working aboard this cat. Everything checked all the boxes, and we could not be more pleased with Leopard, Just Catamarans, our own decisions and hundreds of hours of work. Outfitting was fun but nothing like the last 10 days.

Please enjoy this bonus episode to our show and look out for the next episode where we hit the blue water and white beaches of the Bahamas to put her through the paces.

21 Responses

  1. DAVID BAYSTER

    Congrats to you both on the new cat. I know it will be amazing. Would love to see you guys spread sheet for your after market options. Maybe you don’t want to share pricing but would love to see options added. Enjoy Dave and Linda Bayster Scottsdale, AZ. Still enjoying your YouTube.

  2. Ron kennedy

    Great set up “hope there are not too many bugs to iron out” safe sailing.

    • happytogether

      HI Ron, The first 10 days was a success! Very small items!!! Thanks for watching
      Randy

  3. Bob & Gail Redenz

    Congratulations on the new Cat !! This video is fantastic. We certainly learned a lot and will continue to follow your journeys and look forward to future videos.
    Bob & Gail Redenz

    • happytogether

      Hi Bob and Gail, so glad you enjoyed the video!!! Thanks for watching! Randy

  4. Glen

    I love the technical side of sailing and fitting out is definitely a part of that BUT, that first sail, even more than the first time you see her in the water waiting for you, that first moment when you leave the dock heading for blue water in your dream boat,, that, is a lifetime experience that very few people get to savor. You both deserve every moment of pleasure your new dream is going to give you.
    Stay safe, keep having fun and —- be happy together.

    • happytogether

      Hi Glen, WE AGREE, we just returned from that first trip pointing the bows east and it was fantastic!! Thanks for your comment! Randy

  5. Floyd Bright

    I just went back and watched your first two vlogs. What a difference! Your improvement is remarkable. Congrats on your learning curve. Now if you could get the closed captioning down it would be perfect (for me and other hearing challenged people). I truly appreciate your narrative for everything you do: repairs, maintenance, rigging, systems, etc. Thank you for your excellent videos.

    • happytogether

      Hi Floyd, Thanks so much! Yes my early videos are actually entertaining for me to watch now hahahaha, I always turn on subtitles but because of the music sometimes on some videos they won’t work, On the outfitting video we did not have any copyrighted music so that should have worked. I will check the settings again now. Try it tomorrow. Thanks Randy

  6. Kim Luke

    Congratulations on your new Cat. You guys are amazing!!! Looking forward to more videos. Regarding your upgrades, would it be possible to forward your list please? I especially loved the safety and electrical features!!!

  7. Michael D

    ConGrats!!! All of your hard work is really appreciated. Thanks for the great vids. I too would would welcome the list of your upgrades. Thanks

  8. Capt David Avayou

    Hi Randy, I’m really impressed with some of the changes you made to your Leopard 50. Sandy and I have met you on a couple occasions. Once at the Annapolis boat show and again on Nanny Cay. We purchased our Leopard 50 through The Moorings, having lost our 44 in IRMA. I especially like what you did with the navigation station also the conversion to lithium’s. I noticed in the video that it looks like you could have room for 6 house batteries. Was that ever a consideration? We are considering leaving the moorings fleet next year, returning to Florida and refitting with many of your suggestions. Could you send me your list of changes. Thanks again for sharing your sailing experiences via YouTube. We love your videos and feel as though we know you personally. Keep them coming.

  9. happytogether

    Hi David! Thanks so much for your comment. I sent you an email with the info. Randy

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