Leopard 56-Design-Yacht OnLine

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Leopard 56


The Andre Bacigalupo-designed monolithic fibreglass hull is ready: its lines are to be seen in the renderings in this article. They exude the Leopard Yachts family feeling: slender and beautifully proportioned, belying the craft’s actual 56-metre length and 10-metre beam. The yard’s technical director and grandson of the great Piero Picchiotti, who founded the Cantiere Arno in 1935, Nicola Pollacchi explains: “When we looked at the market we realised there is demand from potential clients for big, fast yachts on the one hand, and, on the other, rules that push us towards building displacement hulls. This 56-metre is our response to those two conflicting factors.”

The Leopard 56 also happens to be the largest model the Tuscan yard has ever attempted: it’s an ocean-going tri-deck whose hull can move along nicely in displacement mode at 14-15 knots but can also plane at cruising speeds of up to 28 knots and top speeds of up to 32 knots. This is a rare find indeed: there is simply no other project of this size and these performances on the market today. Two engine set-ups are offered: three brand-new 2600-up MTUs or a big 4,000-hp MTUs flanked by two 2,400-hps. In both instances, propulsion comes via Kamewa water jets. “You can’t finish a megayacht like this,” continues Pollacchi, “because each individual owner wants to make his own modifications to the layout, the style of the furnishings and, usually, many of the details, to ensure it’s a genuinely tailor-made yacht.” However, the delivery times have still been slashed to the bone: going from three years for an ex novo project to just under a year and a half if the mould is already in place.

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Interior designer Cristiano Gatto has created a wide array of solutions for all three decks (four if you count the sun deck). Even though he’s only just in his forties, the youthful but internationally experienced Gatto is very aware that “the first thing you have to do is understand the owner, his world and lifestyle, if you want to create a yacht he’ll feel completely at home aboard.” He continues: “We worked with Andre Bacigalupo on a design that would offer enormous scope for modularity with plant and technical features created to adapt to even the most unexpected demands. We drew up 20 or more different solutions even though we’re certain the end owner will want something different still: maybe the saloon from version B and the sleeping quarters from version D.” The standard layout offers generous quarters, communal and a relaxation areas for 12-14 guests in addition to a crew of 10-12. The sample layout is quite traditional for this size of craft. The lower deck houses the engine room, crew quarters (mess, galley, technical areas) and then five or six guest staterooms and their en suite bathrooms. On the main deck is a huge semi-covered cockpit with a dining area, saloon with dining table that can be either wholly or partly separate and a pantry. The owner’s suite is forward and has two bathrooms (tub and shower) as well as two dressing room areas and a large office.

The upper deck accommodates the bridge, captain’s cabin, a second more informal lounge and a terrace. The flying bridge is, naturally, devoted to al fresco pursuits with a Jacuzzi surrounded by cushions, a bar and lots of sun loungers and general leisure space. There are two or three communal and dining areas forward too. All of the spaces are very bright, superbly quiet and exceptionally finely finished. The Leopard Yachts shipyard is renowned for its technical prowess too. But we leave the last word to Cristiano Gatto: “The interior designs are incredibly flexible. They are really just a starting point an owner might want a minimalist or classic style, something sporty or elaborate. What’s important is that all of the solutions are functional, rational, consistent and, most importantly of all, ergonomic to guarantee complete security and comfort on long voyages, even in the world’s most dangerous oceans.”

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