HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
BLUE LEOPARD is a legendary design from the board of the talented naval architect Jack Laurent Giles, who in the early 1960s was asked to produce a design, merging both a motor and sailing yacht equally. With a light displacement, BLUE LEOPARD is easily driven with a sail area ratio comparable with the famous J-Class racing yachts.
In 1962 Desmond Molins of Eaton Square, London chose William Osborne of Littlehampton to build BLUE LEOPARD to the same exacting standards as their lifeboats with a strong but lightweight hull. BLUE LEOPARD was a modern design for her day with long overhangs, the hull being tank tested in the USA with her wave-making pattern satisfactory at 15 knots.
BLUE LEOPARD remained in Desmond’s ownership for some twenty-five years until his death in the late 1980s. BLUE LEOPARD was a familiar sight on the racing circuit with Desmond a member of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Island Sailing Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Yacht Club Italiano.
In new ownership, BLUE LEOPARD was refitted for the Med. racing circuit and in recent years has been the subject of a complete professional restoration to a high standard, whilst retaining the original style and classic appeal of this remarkable yacht.
The hull is constructed of four skins, two Honduras Cedar and two Honduras Mahogany, cascover sheathed and copper fastened to light timbers with multiple stringers. The decks are box girder with two layers of marine ply with stringers between filled with foam plastic and finished with three eighth inch laid teak. Floors, engine seatings and deck-house are aluminium alloy, lightweight internal joinery. BLUE LEOPARD is a considerable technical achievement in lightweight strength and subsequent performance.
Interior accommodation as original by Laurent Giles design team, fully renovated and re-appointed to a high-end standard. Tastefully decorated with polished teak joinery, antique cream paintwork and soft coloured fabrics.
NINE BERTHS IN FIVE CABINS.
Two double cabins, One twin cabin, One single cabin, One double bunks cabin.
Three Shower and heads compartments and one separate shower compartment.
Large fully equipped galley.
Light and spacious deck saloon, pilot house and covered centre cockpit with removable roof panel.
MASTHEAD KETCH RIG – sets 3,508 sq.ft sail area. Alloy masts and spars. 19 strand s/s standing rigging. Full suit of sails.
Pair 380hp C8TFLM ROLLS ROYCE TURBO DIESEL ENGINES – 10-14 knots with 36 litres consumption per hour average.
Fuel capacity 1,850 gallons (7,000 litres)
Freshwater capacity 795 gallons (3,000 litres)
25 Kva KW NORTHERN LIGHTS GENERATOR
18 Kva KW FISHER PANA GENERATOR
12, 24 & 220 volt electric sytems. Master Volt 100A & Victron 100A battery chargers.
Fire extinguishing system
4m AVON ADVENTURE TENDER with 50hp Yamaha O B Motor
TorkMaster M3 3,000kg windlass
400lb Danforth Bower Anchor & 75lb Bruce Bower Anchor
CORDARIA AIR-CONDITIONING – with reverse cycle heating
Navigation centre with Brookes & Gatehouse Hercules instruments.
Brookes & Gatehouse Hydra 2000 MFD
Radar – Raymarine Pathfinder R80 radar / plotter for Raycharts
GPS – Garmin GPS128 Furuno GP31 N GPS Navigator
VHF – Raymarine GMDSS VHF radio telephone 2 x handheld Icom VHF
Autopilot – Robertson AP9 autopilot
The legendary BLUE LEOPARD is well known throughout the sailing and racing world as a stunningly beautiful and capable yacht, combining that rare quality of a true 50/50 motor-sailer. Offered in outstanding condition following a full professional refit and currently on the Med circuit from her Malta base. An exceedingly rare opportunity to purchase this unique ‘classic’ offering superb performance with stylish, light and comfortable accommodation for her owner and guests.
GUIDE: EUROS 1,250,000 VAT PAID
LYING: MALTA (British Flag)
VIEWING: Through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE