Catamaran For Sale -- Leopard 43 (Mexico)

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Asking: $350,000 (USD) Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Mexico)
S/V Big City Fish is a Puerto Vallarta, Mexico based 2005 Leopard 43 Catamaran For Sale By Owner
This catamaran owner requires financial settlement only. Trades will not be considered.

S/V Big City Fish is a Puerto Vallarta, Mexico based 2005 Leopard 43 (Moorings 4300). The Leopard 43 was designed in collaboration between Simonis-Voogd Design and Robertson & Caine. The concept of the Leopard 43 is the maximizing of space, performance and comfort.

The Leopard 43, is well regarded as she’s built with robust South African Standards and received glowing reviews in major sailing magazines. She has a spacious layout of 4 cabins, each originally dsigned with a full en-suite bathroon, a very large salon and a galley up design. The salon table easily sits 8-10 guests and converts into an additional double bed. the navigation area is starboard, facing aft.

We purchased Big City Fish (BCF) in 2013 from the Moorings in Tortola. She is a 2005 4-cabin charter version of the Leopard 43, technically a Moorings 4300. We kept her in the BVI for 3 charter seasons there with Conch Charters before sailing to Costa Rica and shipping her to the Pacific Northwest. We had her in a charter fleet in the PNW for two seasons before doing a complete refit in preparation for our retirement adventure. Our intent was to sail from the PNW to the Mediterranean. The refit included everything from standing rigging, electronics upgrade, complete bridgedeck remodel, converting two of the four heads into a dedicated shower and storage area, solar power installation, LifeP04 battery installation, etc. Basically everything we wanted to do to make it into a comfortable liveaboard that could be sailed to the Mediterranean over the next few years.

While we didn’t make it to the Mediterranean, we did have a wonderful adventure sailing from Seattle, WA down the west coast ending up in Barra de Navidad, MX about 150 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. We are now selling Big City Fish, available in April, 2022.

We decided to modify the bridgedeck area as our plans involved living on the boat full-time. Our interest was to increase comfort and storage space. To that extent we had custom cabinets built for the galley which provides significantly more storage than the original design. We also replaced the flooring with residential LVP. This was all performed in 2018 before our departure from Seattle.

One of the challenges of buying a charter layout catamaran is “what do you do with all the heads?” We’ve been on plenty of boats and in plenty of houses that only have two heads and that’s plenty. We decided we only needed two heads. Further, we decided that if we remove both heads from one hull then we can remove the holding tank and all the associated plumbing and thru-hulls.

We removed both toilets from the port-side heads and cut out the cabinetry. This provided us with a great deal of room for a dedicated shower and more storage while preserving a “powder room” in the forward head area. This has a sink and lots of cabinet storage. The aft head head area is dedicated to a shower. I’m 6’3″ tall and can shower in there without feeling cramped. We have been very happy with the modification.

We love the layout of the L43 cockpit, davit area, and sugar scoops. The cockpit is big enough to hold a bunch of people, With the canvas enclosure it’s plenty warm even on the coldest PNW days. Without the canvas there’s plenty of ventilation for the hot days in the tropics.

We wanted to add a lot of solar panels to Big City Fish. One popular method is to build an “arch” over the davit area to support the solar panels. We thought, “why not replace the existing davits with a solution that supports both the dinghy and the solar panels?”

Our solution was to remove the existing fiberglass davits and replace them with a structure made of aluminum that connects to the original davit connection point and also connects to the back of the traveler arch. The structure also connects to the existing pushpit stainless steel railings which provide additional rigidity. I worked with a mechanical engineer to ensure the structure is strong enough to support the dinghy, full of water, in a cross-sea. The structure can lift the dinghy substantially higher than the old davits if you want. It also provides a table area that we’ve finished with a corian countertop. There is a large backsplash, drain holes and a fillet knife holder. We’ve cleaned many fish at that table. It’s proven to be a great addition. The davit structure also provides an excellent place to store fishing poles, paddleboard and kayak paddles, etc.

We installed Flexiteek decking on the sugar scoops and across the back deck.

We spend a lot of time on the foredeck of Big City Fish. On the pacific coast it’s where you’ll be watching most sunsets. It’s a great place to hang out while underway. We even have a remote for the autopilot so when we’re under sail and there’s no obstacles we’ve been able to use the remote while sitting on the trampoline.

We replaced the trampolines back in 2017. They are in excellent shape.

Big City Fish is ready to set sail tomorrow. We were ready to continue on our adventure south when we got sidetracked by issues outside of our control. We can’t continue on our trip but Big City Fish is ready to go. We will be cruising the Pacific coast of Mexico in February and March and will be ready to hand over Big City Fish in Puerto Vallarta in April, 2022.

Catamaran Name: S/V Big City Fish
Model: 43
Year Built: 2005
Builder: Robertson and Caine Cape Town, South Africa
Designer: Alex Simonis and Maaten Voogd
Construction: GRP Vacuum bagged Balsa sandwich
Loa: 42ft 6in / 12.95M
Lwl: 37ft 9in / 11.50M
Beam: 22ft 9in / 6.93M
Headroom: 6ft 6" / 2.0M
Draft: 4ft 7in / 1.4M
Displacement: 19,030 lbs/8,845kg
Mast Height: 63ft / 19.20M
Fuel Tanks: 95gal/360L
Water Tanks: 206gal/780L
Cabins: 4
Heads: 2
Galley Location: up
Engines: 2x Yanmar 3JH4E 39hp, light rebuild in 2018
Engine Hours: Engine 1-6000+hrs, Engine 2-6000+hrs
Fuel Consumption: .5 gallon/hr @ 6knots on one engine
Sails: Doyle Mainsail new in 2018
Doyle Headsail, new in 2015
Spinnaker purchased used in 2018 1.5oz, in "very good" condition.

All sails are in very good condition.

Layout Diagram

Catamaran Inventory


  • Same as all Leopards of that era.


  • Each stateroom has a queen sized mattress purchased new between 2016 and 2018. All are MUCH more comfortable than the original.
  • Each stateroom has a 110V outlet, dual USB charging ports, single cigarette lighter adapter
  • Each stateroom has a thermostat which controls the hydronic heat.
  • Each stateroom has a hanging locker which also houses the hydronic heating unit. When the heater is running it circulates air through the locker to help dry damp clothing.


  • The Salon and galley were completely gutted and rebuilt with customer cabinets/furniture. The salon area has an L shaped bench with significant storage underneath.
  • Recliner
  • Vinyl plank floor installed in 2018


  • The galley was gutted and new custom cabinets installed.
  • There's three large drawers on each side of the galley.
  • Enlarged cabinet door for access under the sink.
  • Stand-up 7.3 c.f. Nova Kool refrigerator/freezer new in 2017.
  • Microwave
  • Countertop Induction cooktop
  • Countertop convection oven


  • New cushions in 2018
  • Custom wood table in 2018
  • Teak grate at entry to salon
  • Dickinson gas grill, new burner installed in 2021


  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 12 new in 2018
  • Raymarine Evolution Autopilot course computer and compass new in 2018
  • Autopilot drive motor rebuilt in 2018
  • Raymarine autopilot S100 remote new in 2018
  • Raymarine Quantum 2 Doppler radar new in 2018
  • Raymarine i70 multi-function display new in 2018
  • Digital Yacht Ait2000 class B AIS transponder new in 2018
  • Standard Horizon VHF


  • Smart Plug 30amp shore power plug (with spare)
  • Promariner Failsafe 30amp galvanic isolator
  • Victron Multiplus 3K 120V
  • Victron BMV 702 battery monitor
  • 700ahr Winston LifeP04 house battery
  • (3) Victron MPPT Solar Charge controllers
  • 1760 Watts of solar panels (4 Canadian Solar 340 watt, 4 100 watt panels)
  • Lofrans Tigress 1200watt windlass

Deck & Hull

  • Fiberglass
  • 2 forward windows replaced with thicker plexiglass and bedded with Dow 795 bedding compound
  • 2 side aft windows rebedded with Dow 795

Sails & Rigging

  • Mainsail: Doyle, new 2018
  • Headsail: Doyle, new 2015
  • Spinnaker: 1.5oz
  • Cradle Cover, new 2018
  • Headsail is always removed when we are off the boat for any length of time
  • Standing rigging replaced in 2018
  • Trampoline replaced in 2017

Engines & Mechanical

  • Port Engine
  • Over 6000 hours
  • External heat exchanger installed 2018
  • Water pump rebuilt 2018
  • Dual alternator installed 2018, 1 Compass Marine Hitachi 80A external regulator, 1 GM CS144 externally regulated alternator.
  • Balmar MC-612 dual alternator regulator
  • Main seals replaced 2018
  • Transmission rebuilt 2015
  • Bypass oil filter installed 2013
  • Kiwi feathering prop
  • Prop shaft and coupling new in 2017
  • New engine mounts in 2019
  • Starboard Engine
  • Over 6000 hours
  • Heat exchanger replaced 2013
  • Water pump rebuilt 2018
  • Hi output alternator and serpentine belt kit installed 2017
  • Compass Marine 140A alternator, external regulator
  • Balmar MC-614 regulator
  • Main seals replaced 2018
  • Oil pan gasket replaced 2018
  • Main seals replaced 2018
  • Bypass oil filter installed 2013
  • Kiwi feathering prop
  • Prop shaft and coupling new in 2017
  • New engine mounts 2019


  • Highfield 310 Classic RIB new in 2017
  • Custom chaps made for dinghy in 2018
  • Suzuki 15hp 2-stroke outboard new in 2021


  • Webasto DBW-2010 45K BTU hydronic heating system
  • 5 zone temperature controls
  • Plumbed into the water heaters
  • 2x16K BTU 110V A/C units, new in 2018
  • 2 Attwood waterheaters, new in 2016


  • Elliot USCG approved life raft, new in 2018
  • EPIRB - ACR Globalfix Pro 406MHz GPS EPIRB
  • Throwable life ring
  • Lots of life vests

Anchor & Docking

  • 300' chain, new 2017
  • Mantus M1, 65lbs new 2017
  • Custom anchor roller & support new 2017
  • Dual windlass controlls, at windlass and at helm
  • Spare Fortress anchor
  • Spare Bruce anchor
  • Lots of spare anchor rode
  • Lots of fenders
  • Plenty of dock lines


  • All lights converted to LED except for the deck light
  • Added LED strip light in galley
  • Added rear deck lights and rear deck motion sensor lights