Moorings 514 Powercat
The newest and largest cruising powercat in the fleet, the Moorings 514 PC gives yachtsmen more space, accommodations, and conveniences in a smooth-riding, four-cabin flybridge cruiser. Designed and built by South Africa’s Leopard Catamarans, she slices and dices big water, delivering you to your vacation destinations in comfort and safety.
The test boat’s flying bridge was equipped with a nicely tooled fiberglass module holding a grill, refrigerator, sink, and cabinets. A large aft-facing bench settee on the starboard side joins the portside helm and companion bench in the forward flying bridge area. A centerline walkway, which leads to the foredeck’s two-person sun lounge, splits the two.
The deckhouse has 360-degree views outside. The light upholstery and wood veneers and trim give the interior spaces a bright, contemporary style. I like the wide-open deckhouse layout that promotes socializing. Through sliding glass doors, you can quickly access the aft cockpit from the deckhouse’s appliance-packed galley on the port side, aft. A large dinette sits forward on the starboard side. Its wraparound booth could seat the New England Patriots offensive line. You can bring the team outside to eat, too. A similar dinette with table and wraparound seating—plus two upholstered pedestal seats—dominates the aft cockpit. The forward cockpit, accessed via the deckhouse, provides another shaded venue to relax.
Each catamaran sponson houses two staterooms. All four cabins have en suite heads with separate showers. There’s also a forepeak berth in the port hull. The builder does a commendable job ushering in natural light and ventilation.
The 514 PC is a Leopard catamaran specially outfitted for the Moorings. Built by South Africa’s Robertson and Caine and penned by Simonis Voogd Design, she can be purchased or chartered through the Mooring’s ownership or charter management programs. Roberston and Caine builds its catamarans with stitched fiberglass fabrics, balsa coring, composite coring and high-grade resins. The stitched fiberglass ensures an efficient use of resin, resulting in a high strength-to-weight ratio. The coring is bonded to the fiberglass skins via vacuum resin transfer technology for a rigid, impact-resistant structure with increased buoyancy. The builder employs advanced adhesives to bond the deck and bulkheads to the hull; high-stress areas receive fiberglass tabbing to ensure maximum strength. Plus, the manufacturer fills the keels with closed cell polyurethane foam for strength and buoyancy.
With the wind and 2- to 4-foot waves on the starboard bow, I directed the 51-footer from Tortola to the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands, Anegada. She charged through the chop, running smoothly at a 17-knot pace. The twin 350-horsepower Yanmar diesels burned a combined 40 gph for a mileage of 0.8 nautical miles per gallon and a range of 300 nautical miles—plenty for coastal cruising and island hopping.
I eased the throttles back and slid the engines into neutral. No snappy rolls, which cats are prone to, while adrift. Good. I punched the throttles, and the cat climbed onto plane with zero bow rise. I turned the wheel hard over, first to starboard and then to port, never able to shake her off a stable flat running attack.
Two forward flying-bridge hardtop support tubes cross the helmsman’s line of sight, but I’d still rate overall as good. The helm, designed for seated operation, was for the most part comfortable, but a little tight for my 6-foot, 2-inch frame as my knees pushed against the helm pod console.
The builder has wisely given the helm console a gray face to reduce glare. The displays and gauges were positioned in an orderly fashion, with the Raymarine instrument package’s i70 multifunction instrument display (port) and p70 autopilot controller sandwiching a center e95 multifunction GPS unit with HybridTouch. Yanmar gauges flanked the steering wheel, and a Raymarine 55 VHF radio was mounted in the console to port.
The Moorings, 888-952-8420; www.moorings.com
: 40,785 lb.
: 400 gal.
: 264 gal.
: 2/350-hp Yanmar BLVA
: $915,000, equipped, commissioned and delivered.
: Yanmar KMH50 transmissions
: 5-blade 23”x23” BT Marine aluminum bronze