By Zuzana Prochazka
Moorings 5800 Catamaran: Big and Beautiful
Al fresco entertaining and a forward cockpit provide unusual opportunities on this 58 foot sailing cat, built by Robertson and Caine, of Leopard fame.
The Moorings 5800 is a new catamaran by Robertson & Caine which is offered as a crewed charter vessel by the Moorings at their Tortola, British Virgin Islands base in the Caribbean. Standing on the dock, you get a sense of what a big kitty the 5800 is. Once aboard, it’s clear this experience is not just about size but also about luxury; whether it’s bareboat, private ownership or crewed charter, this boat is stepping up the expectations of catamaran enthusiasts everywhere. If you can’t get on one yourself, take a look at our Short Take Video of the 5800, shot at the Annapolis Boat Show.
The most notable feature of this large cat is its three distinct alfresco entertaining areas. Let’s start on the flybridge, where there is seating for up to 12 and standing room for twice that many. A U-shaped settee is to starboard and protected by the hardtop Bimini. A wet bar, refrigerator, electric grill, and sunning loungers are out on the aft deck. The 5800 has only one helm station and it’s up here, with full engine controls, multiple electronics displays, and three winches which miraculously control all the lines on this 73,000 pound behemoth—which is carrying over 2,000 square feet of sail area.
One thing the 5800 borrowed from its award-wining little sister, the Leopard 44, is the concept of the forward cockpit, the second outdoor lounge area. A smaller, covered cockpit is accessible from the two forward staterooms or from the forward deck and trampoline. When the afternoon sun is beating on the aft deck, this will be the place to enjoy a book and a beverage in the shade.
Formal dining is likely to happen in the third outdoor refuge, the aft cockpit, which is on the bridge deck and is a continuation of the indoor/outdoor flow that reaches through the interior and out to the forward cockpit. There is no built-in furniture on this covered aft deck and the space is open to interpretation. It’s large enough to hold a stand-alone teak table with seating for eight, or comfortable sofas and a cocktail table. Stairs to port and starboard cover the engine rooms and lead down to the water. Combine these three completely separate outdoor areas with the inviting front trampoline and the many interior cabins, and everyone in a charter group of 10 could easily find their own space when privacy is the order of the day.
Step inside the 750-square foot salon. A full galley is to port and only steps from the dining area outside, for easy serving. The galley features a large, front-opening refrigerator and two freezer drawers. There’s also a four-burner stove, an oven, and a microwave. There is most definitely no shortage of countertop space for the chef to prepare out-of-this world meals.
Opposite the galley is a large U-shaped dinette with an expansive table and two extra chairs opposite. The rest of the salon and bridge deck footprint is where things get really interesting. The 58 is really a semi-custom boat that offers numerous interior options from two to six cabins and three to six heads. In the five-cabin charter version that is the Moorings 5800, the boat has two forward VIP cabins on the salon level which are separated from the living room with a bulkhead that holds a large flat-screen TV. The two staterooms each have an ensuite head and a separate door leading to the aforementioned forward cockpit. Both of these cabins are flooded with natural light through numerous large windows. Up to four cabins (three guest and one crew quarters) are in the hulls, which are accessible from the salon by matching sets of steps amidships on port and starboard.
In the private Leopard version, there are even more choices to be made here. An opulent, near full-beam owner’s stateroom is an option in the forward deck space or, the owner’s cabin is moved to one of the hulls and the salon is extended so there is 360 degree visibility from anywhere in the interior. In that case, there’s an L-shaped settee added to starboard with a low coffee table and a forward-facing nav/office desk to port. The salon becomes enormous and very bright, with excellent visibility forward. Various layouts are available in the lower cabins which typically include queen-sized island berths and ensuite heads.
The 5800 is powered by twin 75 hp diesels and Saildrives. All the standard goodies expected on a luxury charter are included such as multiple flatscreen TVs/DVD players, stereos with MP3 connections and speakers throughout. A genset, inverter and solar panels provide the power needed for all the onboard toys and necessities.
The Moorings is suggesting that at some point, this large boat will be available for bareboat charter. Gulp. That’s a lot of boat to hand to anyone with a Visa card. For now, the 5800 is part of the company’s high-end crewed charter offering.
Today, there are over 1,000 Leopard owners worldwide who enjoy a variety of sailing and powercats, most of them family and couple’s boats. This new flagship is being called the Leopard Leap and will test Robertson & Caine’s ability to move into a new segment of cat owners, one that says bigger is better and luxury is here to stay.
- Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.