One of the unique features of a Leopard 4600 catamaran is the stern swim platform. Robertson and Caine installed a fairly beefy stainless steel and fiberglass structure in between the davits which, when unlatched, will lower down to a position just above the water. Presumably the idea is that people will want to hang out on this platform and use it for getting into or out of the water. Unfortunately, it seems to many people that it is one of those ideas that looks great on paper and in photos but is seldom used. With the catamaran’s wide transom steps, the platform seems kind of redundant. In fact, most of the crewed 4600 charter cats that we have seen use the area between the davits for cooler storage and never use the swim platform. That is our intent as well.
Swim platform in the raised position.
Swim platform deployed. This shot was taken in St. Martin when we were trying to remove the new Yamaha for the passage south, an activity we do not plan to repeat!
What we are planning on doing though is having the swim platform modified to turn it into an optional grill table. One Love’s entire platform is actually sitting in X-Marine’s shop right now, undergoing a bit of welding and modification. Unlike the swim platform which I see little use for, I have high hopes for this new project.
Where did it go?