Sportboat, fishing, fast cruiser, bow rider?
It’s hard to define the 430SSC as Formula
has crammed a lot of boat into this new
model, intended to appeal to a wide
audience. There are four 300- or 350-hp
Mercury Verados on the transom, so
cruising speeds in the 50-knot range are
possible. It’s also the first Formula model
with outboards since 1987, a testament
to the appeal of outboards.
An expansive swim platform makes
getting on and off the boat easy, whether from the dock or from the water.
Soft, gray nonskid covers the deck areas
and leads up into the helm deck, where
there’s a large bench seat with room for
three at the helm. A U-shaped settee
and retractable table that lowers into
the sole separates the helm from an
aft sun pad. There’s even more seat-
For maximizing space, a catamaran is
hard to beat. With a boat that’s over half
as wide as it is long, you can get a lot in.
The Leopard 45 from South African
builder Robertson and Caine is available as a three- or four-cabin layout. The
three-cabin layout is the more luxurious, with the entire starboard hull given
over to the owner’s suite. There’s a large
double queen bed aft, vanity and hanging locker, and a roomy head and shower
forward. The port hull has an additional
two doubles: one forward, one aft, each
with their own heads.
With a mast height of more than 65
feet and a voluminous sail area to match,
this is one powerful boat capable of sailing at high speed day after day. When the
wind dies, there are 45-hp diesel engines
with saildrives integrated in each hull.
With the engines spaced so far apart,
maneuvering is far easier than expected
for a 25-foot-wide boat. There’s also tons
of deck space, and the raised helm on the
starboard side with its own hard bimini is
a perfect spot to command the boat.
BEAM 24’ 2”
DRAFT 5’ 1”
FUEL 185 GAL
WATER 206 GAL
WASTE 45 GAL
Huge ports around
the main saloon allow
in plenty of light, and
there’s even a door to
a front “patio.”
ing in the bow, and
you can get to this
through an opening section of the
windscreen to port.
A door seals off
the lower section
to keep wind and
water from making the helm area
To port of the
helm is a door that
leads down to the
cabin, which features a large double, galley, heads, and
seating area for ward that can be made into
another bunk by inserting an infill cushion.