Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-25-2015, 10:37 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
David Hughes's Avatar
 
City: Marietta
Country: US
Vessel Name: True Love
Vessel Model: Leopard 37 PC
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 128
I'm a new member with a Leopard 37 Powercat in Cape Coral

Ok, I know a catamaran isn't really a trawler, but this boat gets great mileage like one, and is slow like one, and is generally used like one. I hope that counts. : )

After owning nothing bigger than a 25' Cobalt on our lake house in Georgia, in recent years my wife and I started chartering a couple times a year, first from swfyachts in Cape Coral, then from Moorings in Abaco. In order to get out more than twice a year, we decided to buy our own boat and offer occasional bareboat charter. With a tax break, the math works nicely with only $24K of annual revenue.

We learned early on that we preferred catamarans because of the less rolly motion, so after spending time on a Moorings 393, I ID'd a 2009 372 coming off charter. The boat spent all its 5 years in Abaco and had 2700 hours of use. They brought the boat back themselves to Ft. Lauderdale and paid the import duty so it could be sold easily to a U.S. buyer. The survey was just fine, and assessed for $25K more than I paid. I got her on June 2 and we had a fun 3 days coming through the Okeechobee Waterway bringing the True Love ( I named her after the "yar" sloop that Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly had in the movie High Society) home to Cape Harbour Marina in Cape Coral. For those who have not been, let me just say that Roland Martin's Marina was a genuine slice of Americana!

We did $20K more of updating and servicing and now she's a sparking beauty! My fiendish plot to get more time on the water must be working, because since June we've now used her 4 times already. I love it when a plan comes together!

We're taking her to Key West in a few weeks. I've never been out of sight of land before as skipper, so with me luck!!!!

David in Marietta, GAClick image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1440556622.382934.jpg
Views:	143
Size:	73.2 KB
ID:	43570




David Hughes
2009 Leopard 37 Powercat for charter in Cape Coral, FL
Florida Catamaran Charter the "True Love"
__________________
Advertisement

__________________
David Hughes
2009 Leopard 37PC- Cape Coral, FL
David Hughes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 11:19 PM   #2
Master and Commander
 
markpierce's Avatar
 
City: Vallejo CA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Carquinez Coot
Vessel Model: 2011 Seahorse Marine Coot hull #6
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 10,262
Best of luck!

__________________

__________________
Kar-KEEN-ez Koot
markpierce is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 11:30 PM   #3
Guru
 
MurrayM's Avatar
 
City: Kitimat, North Coast BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Badger
Vessel Model: 30' Sundowner Tug
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3,322
Welcome aboard

Gotta love it when dreams come together!
__________________
"The most interesting path between two points is not a straight line" Murray Minchin
MurrayM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 11:31 PM   #4
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
Welcome to the TF your a few hours South of me in your marina and a few hours North of me with your dirt home

I see your going to be charting it
siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 11:33 PM   #5
Guru
 
Off Duty's Avatar
 
City: Tampa
Country: USA
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 843
Welcome aboard and best of luck on your voyage.
Cats are great!
__________________
"I'm the only one who has removed half a brain, but if you went to Washington, you'd think someone beat me to it"...Dr. Ben Carson 08-06-2015
Off Duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 11:38 PM   #6
Guru
 
BruceK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,567
Welcome! We see a number of power cats here, Voyager is popular. How do you cope with the beam, for mooring, hauling, things like that, they can be beamy.
__________________
BruceK
Island Gypsy 36 Europa "Doriana"
Sydney Australia
BruceK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 11:58 PM   #7
Master and Commander
 
markpierce's Avatar
 
City: Vallejo CA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Carquinez Coot
Vessel Model: 2011 Seahorse Marine Coot hull #6
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 10,262
Occasionally experience a "rolling" anchorage. Thinking it helps one to sleep. Rock a by baby ...



Prefer that to "upsies downsies."
__________________
Kar-KEEN-ez Koot
markpierce is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 12:37 AM   #8
Guru
 
HopCar's Avatar


 
City: Miami Florida
Vessel Name: Possum
Vessel Model: Ellis 28
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,505
Welcome aboard! Nice to have more Florida folks. A word of warning, don't mention anchors or guns. You'll start an argument that never ends. Watch out for RT Firefly. He's a little nuts but funny. If you ever get to Miami stop by my store and say hello.
__________________
Parks Masterson
www.hopkins-carter.com
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 07:46 AM   #9
Guru
 
Rustybarge's Avatar
 
City: I need a bigger boat!
Country: Ireland
Vessel Model: Cheetah 25' Powercat.
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 925
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Hughes View Post
Ok, I know a catamaran isn't really a trawler, but this boat gets great mileage like one, and is slow like one, and is generally used like one. I hope that counts. : )

After owning nothing bigger than a 25' Cobalt on our lake house in Georgia, in recent years my wife and I started chartering a couple times a year, first from swfyachts in Cape Coral, then from Moorings in Abaco. In order to get out more than twice a year, we decided to buy our own boat and offer occasional bareboat charter. With a tax break, the math works nicely with only $24K of annual revenue.

We learned early on that we preferred catamarans because of the less rolly motion, so after spending time on a Moorings 393, I ID'd a 2009 372 coming off charter. The boat spent all its 5 years in Abaco and had 2700 hours of use. They brought the boat back themselves to Ft. Lauderdale and paid the import duty so it could be sold easily to a U.S. buyer. The survey was just fine, and assessed for $25K more than I paid. I got her on June 2 and we had a fun 3 days coming through the Okeechobee Waterway bringing the True Love ( I named her after the "yar" sloop that Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly had in the movie High Society) home to Cape Harbour Marina in Cape Coral. For those who have not been, let me just say that Roland Martin's Marina was a genuine slice of Americana!

We did $20K more of updating and servicing and now she's a sparking beauty! My fiendish plot to get more time on the water must be working, because since June we've now used her 4 times already. I love it when a plan comes together!

We're taking her to Key West in a few weeks. I've never been out of sight of land before as skipper, so with me luck!!!!

David in Marietta, GAAttachment 43570




David Hughes
2009 Leopard 37 Powercat for charter in Cape Coral, FL
Florida Catamaran Charter the "True Love"
Hi David,

Lovely looking boat; you've got a leopard, I've got a tiddly little Cheetah. Lol.

Good luck with your purchase; I'm sure you're going to have lots of fun.

What sort of numbers do get in the cruise?
__________________
Peter.
Rustybarge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 09:53 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Blissboat's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville Beach, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Shallow Minded
Vessel Model: Shoal Cat
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 411
Welcome, David, from another cat fancier here in Jacksonville. Leopards are an interesting breed of cat, and yours looks great. It might be interesting for folks to know the boundaries of your charter area.

Meanwhile, safe travels on your trip to Key West. No matter where you tie up there, I think you'll find it slightly different from the Roland Martin Marina in Clewiston, FL ("The Sweetest Town in the USA")!
Blissboat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 11:10 AM   #11
Guru
 
City: Fort Myers
Country: USA
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 956
Welcome!
Marlinmike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 12:43 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
David Hughes's Avatar
 
City: Marietta
Country: US
Vessel Name: True Love
Vessel Model: Leopard 37 PC
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 128
Beam is 14' 8", and that's less than the Mainship 43 I recently drove. She fits in almost any standard slip. I think the extra space is more from having that beam stem to stern, as opposed to just being super beamy.
David Hughes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 12:45 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
David Hughes's Avatar
 
City: Marietta
Country: US
Vessel Name: True Love
Vessel Model: Leopard 37 PC
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustybarge View Post

What sort of numbers do get in the cruise?
Slow cruise at 8 knots she burns about 3gph. Faster cruise is about 14 knots at about 8gph.
David Hughes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 12:48 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
David Hughes's Avatar
 
City: Marietta
Country: US
Vessel Name: True Love
Vessel Model: Leopard 37 PC
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blissboat View Post
Welcome, David, from another cat fancier here in Jacksonville. Leopards are an interesting breed of cat, and yours looks great. It might be interesting for folks to know the boundaries of your charter area.

Meanwhile, safe travels on your trip to Key West. No matter where you tie up there, I think you'll find it slightly different from the Roland Martin Marina in Clewiston, FL ("The Sweetest Town in the USA")!

Charter boundaries are limited only by what we agree upon. My insurance is good out 150 miles and I have TowBoatUS Unlimited. Of course I have a secret GPS mounted in the boat to track where she goes.
David Hughes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 01:18 PM   #15
TF Site Team
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Country: Texas
Vessel Model: Carver 356
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,630
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Hughes View Post
Slow cruise at 8 knots she burns about 3gph. Faster cruise is about 14 knots at about 8gph.
I'd take 14kts at 8gph all day long!!!

Welcome aboard!!!
__________________
Prairie 29...Perkins 4236...Sold
Mainship Pilot 30...Yanmar 4LHA-STP...Sold
Carver 356...T-Cummins 330B
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 05:35 PM   #16
Guru
 
healhustler's Avatar
 
City: Longboat Key, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Bucky
Vessel Model: Krogen Manatee 36 North Sea
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 4,181
Welcome aboard, Dave. There's plenty of catamaran people here, and I personally have been a fan of Leopard catamarans for sometime now. They are high-quality, efficient hulls, and I believe that most if not all 37 footers came across on their own bottom. That's confidence! Keep in touch and let us know how much fun you're having a board your new vessel.
__________________
Larry

"I'd rather be happy than dignified".
healhustler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 05:48 PM   #17
Enigma
 
RT Firefly's Avatar
 
City: Slicker?
Country: Bumpkin?
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 9,996
Greetings,
Welcome aboard. Welcome aboard.
__________________
RTF
RT Firefly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 07:00 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
David Hughes's Avatar
 
City: Marietta
Country: US
Vessel Name: True Love
Vessel Model: Leopard 37 PC
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 128
I'm a new member with a Leopard 37 Powercat in Cape Coral

Quote:
Originally Posted by healhustler View Post
Welcome aboard, Dave. There's plenty of catamaran people here, and I personally have been a fan of Leopard catamarans for sometime now. They are high-quality, efficient hulls, and I believe that most if not all 37 footers came across on their own bottom. That's confidence! Keep in touch and let us know how much fun you're having a board your new vessel.

Yes, one of neatest things so far was finding the log book signed by the delivery captain. She was driven from Cape Town with 3 people and a 400 gallon bladder of diesel on the foredeck. She went up the coast of Africa then west to St Helena island where Napoleon is buried. Refilled the bladder then another 1600NM to Fortaleza Brazil and finally into Marsh Harbor, Bahamas. They drive it on one motor at a time, half throttle. Had 600 hours on each engine before The Moorings ever took possession. Now that is a sea trial!!!
__________________
David Hughes
2009 Leopard 37PC- Cape Coral, FL
David Hughes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 06:57 AM   #19
Guru
 
menzies's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville
Country: USA
Vessel Name: SONAS
Vessel Model: Grand Alaskan 53
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 2,203
You would think Moorings would buy multiple units at a time for the Bahamas and Caribbean and have them shipped - not sure what the cost trade off is compared to this method?
menzies is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 07:37 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
David Hughes's Avatar
 
City: Marietta
Country: US
Vessel Name: True Love
Vessel Model: Leopard 37 PC
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by menzies View Post
You would think Moorings would buy multiple units at a time for the Bahamas and Caribbean and have them shipped - not sure what the cost trade off is compared to this method?
Agreed. It's about $30K to ship from France so S Africa might be just a bit more. They spent about $5k in gas plus 3 salaries for a month and then the extra wear and tear too. It's a point of pride for them I think.
__________________

David Hughes is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012