Our Leopard 44 Story

HISTORY  and Upgrades

S/V Blown Away was purchased November 19, 2020 in St. Lucia from Moorings/Sunsail, concluding a seven month search that began while we were still working in China. A series of events convinced us to pursue our dream of sailing around the world a year earlier than previously planned.  

Initially, we wanted to purchase a brand new Leopard 40 but with all of the options, it would have cost $575K for the purchase. We liked Leopards because of their helm position and blue water sailing heritage, and then the stock market plunged, making us rethink our situation. "Pay less and go now" was our new mantra so we started searching the Leopard Catamaran Brokerage site for used catamarans.

 

The savings we enjoyed from buying a used Moorings/Sunsail boat, paid for the below, state-of-the-art, world class, cruising upgrades.   Our desire is to share what we have done and hope that it is a benefit to you.  For your convenience, the links to all of our upgrades are provided below, with detailed information on what cost and the components we included in each of our systems.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM UPGRADE

ELECTRONIC NERVE CENTER

By incorporating industry leading Victron electronics into Blown Away, we have created a robust state-of-the-art world classing cruising boat.  

LITHIUM BATTERY 

UPGRADE

ULTIMATE STORAGE & PERFORMANCE

Relion offers a robust and reliable batteries that fit our compartment perfectly, but there is so much more . . . 

SOLAR POWER

UPGRADE

OFF GRID & INDEPENDENT

Our combined LG & SunPower solar panels with independent Victron controllers provide maximum efficiency, power and freedom. 

WATERMAKER

UPGRADE

ENDLESS FRESH WATER

On the go with endless H2O that that is 12 volts and draws from our solar enriched high performance batteries makes off grid life easy.  

NAVIGATION | RADAR 

UPGRADE

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Radar combined with AIS collision avoidance keeps us safe whether it be costal cruising or on an ocean crossing.  

DINGHY & MOTOR 

FAST, COMFORTABLE & SAFE TRANSPORTATION

Our Highfield 380 CL dinghy combined with our Nissan Marine 30 hp 2-stroke outboard gets us where we want to go, when we want to get there.