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…
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.