Picking a boat, especially one to live on for a year with your family while cruising North and Central America, is no easy matter. Due to the size of our family and our commitment to living comfortably vs. camping, we quickly decided that a Catamaran would be our best option. Often viewed as the minivan of the boat market, Catamarans are super practical but not super popular. Most important for us is the space that a Catamaran affords. Our’s measures 47′ long and 25′ wide, giving us a living space of approximately 1,000sf. In addition to being very comfortable, the Catamaran’s design is very fuel efficient, especially relative to mono-hull boats of similar size.
While more romantic and much cheaper to operate than a power cruiser, sailboats are too slow and too much work for our taste. As such we began looking for power catamarans. We spent countless hours researching various manufacturers, styles, and sizes. Ultimately we decided on our current boat, a 2010 47′ Leopard Power Catamaran.