Catamaran For Sale -- Leopard 45 (Guatemala)

Price Reduced! $265,000 (USD) Location: Rio Dulce (Guatemala)
S/V Sparklefish is a Rio Dulce based 1999 Leopard 45 Catamaran For Sale By Owner
This catamaran owner requires financial settlement only. Trades will not be considered.
This seller is open to offers via CatamaranSite escrow.

S/V Sparklefish is a 1999 Simonis Voogd designed 45’ Leopard catamaran with 18” extensions professionally added on to her sugar scoops. She was built as a crewed charter vessel, and served in that capacity under the previous owner for 17 years -never bareboat chartered. She was damaged during Hurricane Irma, and professionally repaired in Tortola thereafter, including new transom extensions, Genset, Mast, Crossbeam, Rigging, and paint. The boat has been subsequently surveyed and sailed extensively for over 4 years, with numerous upgrades throughout. Over $20k in upgrades in the past 12 months, plus normal maintenance. The result is a superior boat in better shape than the vast majority of her peers. 

A quantum leap in catamaran design, the Leopard 45 offers space, style, simplicity and speed. The layout allows easy movement about the boat from the spacious aft deck, a step down to the swimming platform, or relaxing on the foredeck trampoline. The innovative deck layout brings a host of features to make life and sailing simplicity itself. From the aft deck arch that puts the mainsail sheeting system out of harm’s way, to the ingenious anchoring system, sailing the Leopard 45 is a breeze. The Leopard 45 was Cruising World Magazine’s charter boat of the year when it was introduced in 1997.

Sparklefish is a 4 head and 4 cabin layout, with a spacious salon that opens through large double doors to an expansive cockpit that merges the outdoors with the boat’s interior. The Galley is up and has all the amenities and space to satisfy the most demanding gourmet chef. Ample work surfaces and locker space for crockery, cutlery and all cooking utensils.

The crewed charter versions of this boat were built to a higher standard of interior appointments, and carried additional capacity in tankage and refrigeration among other differences from the bareboat version of the design. The hull extensions make swimming and snorkeling far easier, and lend a bit of speed and stability to the boat.

You will be impressed with her speed and meticulously-kept interior. The Leopard 45 has received numerous accolades since the model’s introduction due to her open and spacious layout, easy handling, functional galley-Up layout, four spacious staterooms with double-size berths and generous headroom throughout.

Built of GRP to robust scantlings, she is cored above the waterline, and solid along her keels and attachment points. These boats were built strong, but have a reputation for sailing fast.

She has been well-maintained and is currently cruising in Rio Dulce with a full-time family who consider her home and have fitted her with everything required to cruise in comfort and speed with a family of four. Captained by a former pilot, her systems are maintained to high standards and upgraded or repaired when required. She is currently undergoing some upgrades and normal maintenance and is ready to sail away from this convenient freshwater location.

Sparklefish is a fast cruising boat, averaging over 7 knots in intermediate wind, and holding 8-9 reaching or running downwind in moderate air. Her large engines allow over 700NM of motoring range. She will motor at 7 knots on one engine at 1.5gph, and 8.5 on both. 6kt will reduce fuel burn to less than 1gph. Her large winches are supplemented by a mobile power drive to raise the main or davits.

She reefs and tacks easily and is extremely maneuverable. Upgraded systems make sailing and living aboard a comfortable and modern experience. Sparklefish is ready to continue cruising right now. Her current owners are taking a cruising break for the kids to return to land school for a few years.

Located in the Dulce River, between Guatemala’s largest lake, Lago Izabal, and the Caribbean Sea.

Recent upgrades

  • LIthium batteries (2021) Genset runs <1/week
  • Mast, Crossbeam, Genset, Rigging, sails, most electronics and wiring less than 4 years old
  • Topsides painted w/Awlgrip
  • DC Electrical system upgraded throughout (Full Victron Networked Suite 2021)
  • Replaced fuel tanks with triple M custom plastic tanks
  • New Hamilton Ferris Alternators with Victron DC-DC Chargers (2021)
  • Numerous electronics and network upgrades (Radar / AIS / VHF / Wifi / Stereo all new and networked 2022)
  • $20,500 in upgrades in the past year (not counting labor)
  • Iridium GO! (2021)
  • New Superior Liferaft (2021)
  • New Mermaid salon A/C (2022)
  • In progress: New Bimini and Sailbag

Catamaran Name:S/V Sparklefish
Year Built:1999
Builder:Robertson & Caine (Cape Town, South Africa)
Designer:Simonis Voogd
Construction:GRP Vacuum bagged Balsa sandwich
Loa:46' 6"
Beam:24ft 3in / 7.4 m
Headroom:6 ft 5 in / 1.98 m
Draft:4' 1 in / 1.1 m
Speed:7-9 sailing
Fuel Tanks:130 gal
Water Tanks:263 gal
Holding Tanks:36 gal
Galley Location:up
Engines:2 x yanmar 4JH3E
Engine Hours:port 9155 hours, stb 7789
Fuel Consumption:1.5 gph at cruise- 7 knots
Sails:Main and Jib ~2017/2018 Fully Battened Doyle with bag and three reef points / Furling Doyle Genoa on ProFurl furler
Asymmetric Spinnaker with ATN sock
Storm Jib

Layout Diagram

Catamaran Inventory


  • GRP (Fiberglass) construction with Balsa core above waterline
  • Heavy scantlings (thick layup) with skeg-protected rudders and straight shaft drives
  • Sacrificial keels (can be removed in the water if req'd)


  • 4 staterooms with LED reading lights and DC Fans
  • 4 Lavac electric toilets


  • Large Salon table folds down for additional berth
  • Salon table has an expansion piece for larger table
  • Dry storage
  • Salon and Fwd A/C units


  • Dual Freshwater pumps
  • 12V DC undercounter refrigerator (Sea Frost)
  • 110AC very large Top-loading refrigerator/freezer with augmented engine driven compressor (Sea Frost)
  • New Faucet (2021)
  • Force 10 4-burner propane range / oven


  • Table to port / helm to starboard
  • Propane locker aft
  • Watermaker controls in cockpit
  • Table cover


  • Peplink Max BR1 Mk2 WiFi and Cell Phone booster (2021)
  • Internal boat WIFI network with multiplexed nav info (2021)
  • Numerous USB chargers (2021)
  • Fusion MS-RA70 Stereo with New Fusion / Bose speakers (2021)
  • Iridium GO! satellite weather and communication modem with externally wired antenna (2021)


  • 1KW of solar panels (4 out of 6 replaced in 2021)
  • 3x Victron MPPT bluetooth controllers (2021)
  • 2x Hamilton Ferris LTS alternators (2021)
  • 2x Victron Orion DC-DC chargers with bluetooth (2021)
  • BMV-712 Victron bluetooth battery monitor (2021)
  • Victron Multiplus 3000/120 inverter charger (2018)
  • 6x Battleborn 100AH Lithium batteries (2021)
  • Partial DC re-wire (2021)
  • 6kw Northern Lights Genset w/4410 hours(2018)

Deck & Hull

  • 5 total winches: 2xLewmar 44ST on the mast, 2x Lewmar 54ST primaries, 1xLewmar 44ST jib/traveler
  • Quantum Trampoline (2019)
  • Awlgrip topsides (2018)
  • Goiot hatches and portlights throughout. Hinges and seals replaced in most (2021)
  • Custom made reinforced stern tie loops (2021)
  • Davit re-fit and custom fabrication (2021)
  • Bottom stripped, barrier coated, and painted (2021)


  • 2018 AB 12' aluminum tender with chaps
  • Tohatsu 18Hp 2-stroke

Sails & Rigging

  • Re-rigged in 2018 including new triple-spreader mast and crossbeam
  • Doyle Furling Genoa and fully battened main on pro furl furler (2017/2018)
  • Asymmetric Spinnaker with ATN sock
  • Storm Jib

Engines & Mechanical

  • 2xYanmar 4JH3E 56hp straight shaft drives (NO SAILDRIVES)
  • Port engine: 9155
  • Stbd engine: 7789
  • Flex-o-fold three-blade folding props
  • maintenance logs available
  • New Cutlass bearings
  • Engines are high time, but run great with no smoke. (See video)

Navigation Equipment

  • Garmin 547 Chartplotter with current charts and NMEA 2000
  • B&G Zeus2 chartplotter with current charts and NMEA 2000
  • B&G/Simrad Halo 20+ radar (2021)
  • Standalone OpenCPN laptop with GPS and current charts
  • AMEC B600W AIS with NMEA2000 and VHF splitter (2021)
  • Standard Horizon GX-1850 with NMEA 2000 and helm remote (2022)
  • Raymarine ST40/ST60 wind/depth instruments and ST6002 autopilot (rotary drive) with remote
  • Autopilot drive rebuilt (2022)


  • 406 EPIRB (2006) -passes test
  • Secondary EPIRB (2021) current and passes test
  • 4 man Superior Valise Liferaft (2021)
  • 6 fire extinguishers
  • 5 smoke detectors

Anchor & Docking

  • 300' of ACCO G43 3/8" chain rode (2021)
  • 99# Steel Spade anchor (Primary)
  • Aluminum Spade anchor with Poly line rode (Secondary)
  • Fortress aluminum anchor (Tertiary)
  • Numerous dock lines
  • Custom machined stainless tie down loops on sugar scoops backed with PTFE sealed aluminum plates (Suitable for drogue deployment) (2021)


  • 3x Mermaid A/C units (Salon new in 2022)
  • Spectra 400GPD DC watermaker
  • New 12V DC Salon refrigerator (2022)