AU $309,000 Negotiable Need Finance?
38' 0" - 11.59m
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Newport NSW Need Insurance?
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AU $309,000 Negotiable    Need Finance? Need Insurance?
Description: Leopard 384 4 cabins version. Immaculate. Tax paid. Surveyed.
Immaculately presented and ready to sail away.
Extensive refit in preparation for her 2016 sail from Turkey to the Caribbean.
Mary Lou has been fully imported in Australia, with tax paid.

Hans and Mandy, Mary Lou's owners had already accumulated a vast experience of ocean sailing, with 5 years cruising around the world with their young children, when two decades later, they saw the opportunity to go cruising again. They set to work finding the perfect craft, a catamaran, which was the obvious choice for safety, comfort, ease of handling for the just the two of them, and of course with plenty of room to welcome their visiting children and grand children along the way.

Having set their heart on a Leopard, chosen for its second-to-none reputation as an ocean-cruising catamaran, very strong hull and quality of the fit-out, they set about searching for the ideal one. After considering a few Leopards in the Caribbean, which they found mostly worn out by excessive use and prematurely aged by their tropical surroundings, they travelled to Eastern Mediterranean where they found Mary Lou, a Leopard 384 and immediately purchased her.

Like her Caribbean sisters, Mary Lou had started her life as a charter yacht, yet she looked far-younger than the vessels her owners had seen so far. The reason for this was that she was in the water only 5 to 6 months per year, spending the flat season on the hardstand, a practice adopted by charter companies in this part of the world, and which effectively reduces the ageing of these yachts by 50%. When compared to ex-charter yachts, such as in the Caribbean or the Pacific, which are true working horses, constantly in and out of harbour for 11 months of the year, the pretty Mary Lou was a very attractive choice, especially for a couple preparing to sail half way around the world!

Another reason for her younger look was the difference in weather, and particularly humidity. If a tropical environment is heaven for humans, it is unfortunately not at all the case for marine craft, where hot and humid conditions combined with an incessantly beating sun considerably ages a fibreglass yacht. May Lou had no mould anywhere, no softening timber, her gel-coat was un-blemished, and after a thorough inspection, she was found to be sound all over.

However, as a charter vessel, Mary Lou was quite bare. She had to be transformed into a safe, thoroughly equipped passage-maker for her new life as a world traveller.

Her new owners, with the help of a Yacht Management Company in Turkey, spent in-excess of $60,000 having the boat made ready for the trip, fine combing the ship and making sure that any item found ageing was replaced, and that an extensive list of items to ensure the safety of her owners at sea was added. (See the owner's description and list of repairs and improvements on the following page).

After departing Turkey in 2016, Mary Lou happily cruised the Med to Gibraltar, then down the coast of Africa to the Cape Verde Islands via the Canaries, across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, then through the Panama Canal and up to Costa Rica. It was there that her owners had to make the decision to either sail to the BVI and remain there, or ship their baby home as the season was already too late to attempt the crossing on their own bottom. (It was a decision which proved to be incredibly fortunate, as the marina in Tortola where the yacht was supposed to have taken residence has since been ravaged by Cyclone Irma).

Lucky little Mary Lou arrived in Newcastle in September 2017, and has spent the past few days being thoroughly spoilt by an army of marine specialists. She was inspected by an independent marine surveyor to assess if any damage had been done during the cruise or her time on the ship (the survey report is available on request). She has been anti fouled, and was given a full polish, wax and a thorough detail inside and out, revealing her unblemished gelcoat and immaculate interior. Wishing to present the yacht in the pristine condition that she deserves, Hans ad Mandy have asked a local trimmer to replace the saloon upholstery where it had suffered some wear and tear. (The photos of the saloon show the old upholstery, which is in the process of being replaced). The floor, which is remarkably scratch-free, is gleaming. The beautiful teak trimmings and cabinetry are also in perfect condition. The fantastic stainless-steel extra-large two-draw fridge-freezer looks brand new, as does the galley, with its beautiful Corian counter top, huge storage cabinets and appliances.

The cabins are all perfectly clean, free of dust and smell, as are the two generously proportioned head areas with large separate shower cubicle. The windows and hatches are in very good condition for their age, and there are absolutely no leak anywhere. A new mosquito screen / sliding blind has been ordered to replace one that has recently broken (another example of how perfectly Mary Lou's owners wish to present their yacht).

On deck, the trampoline is undamaged and is only a couple of years old. There is no rust marks, pitting, cracking or damage in the gelcoat. The running rigging is tidily organised and the standing rigging has been inspected for damage. The cockpit, storage lockers, anchor locker, etc, are all immaculate as well. The engine rooms are perfectly clean.

The sails, lazy bag, lazy jacks and deck fittings are all in good condition, having clearly been used appropriately and kept polished when necessary. The davits are very substantial, and look as new. The dinghy, kept aloft, is well used but serviceable. A 1-year-old Yamaha four stroke outboard is kept conveniently stowed on its custom transom plate and beneath its protective cover.

Both engines, reliable Yanmars, are still relatively low in hours when compared to other ex-charter yachts and under 3000 hours. The good thing about their past working life is the regularity with which they have always been serviced, as well as benefitting from a thorough flush-down between seasons. They have always worked perfectly and have continued to be religiously maintained by Hans and Mandy.

Please contact our friendly team for a full brochure, a copy of the survey, and of course if you have any questions. Mary Lou is berthed in Newport. NSW.

New South Wales
Newport Nsw
Robertson and Caine, and Morrelli & Melvin
Leopard Catamarans
38' 0" - 11.59m
Keel / Ballast
Hull Material
Deck Material
Engine Make
Yanmar 3YM30C (30HP) x 2 Fuel: Diesel 350 L Engine Nos: E14705 and E14704 Engine Hours: Port: 2870 hrs Stbd: similar to the port engine hours. Raw water sea strainer, Fresh water cooling Engine alarms Sail Drive Last service 2016 (under 100 hours) Recent work on engines: Replaced both bilge blower fans, replaced both drive belts, replaced fuel and oil filters, regular oil changes. Replaced batteries and the bilge pump float switches. All in 2016 1nd 2017. Propeller: 2 x 16"x 13" alloy 2 blade fixed propellers
Number Engines
Horse Power
30HP (60HO total)
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
2nd Engine Hrs
Fuel Consumption
3L / hour (X2)
Max Speed
9 knots
Cruise Speed
7 knots
4 double cabins. 2 forward extra berth or storage area.
Aft double cabins with storage under the bed and hanging locker and shelf units.
Forward double cabins with storage under the bed, hanging locker and shelf units. Part of the forward cabin is an additional child's bed.
Headroom is minimum 2m.
Saloon has storage under seating as well as shelf units and cupboards.
Blinds and mosquito screens on most hatches.
Caframo Fans in all cabins plus 2 in the saloon.
Hatches are located to provide adequate cross-ventilation. No air-conditioning has felt needed, even in the tropic.
4 X double cabins
4 X queen size berths and 2 X single berths
Fully equipped galley - cutlery, dinner ware, pots, pans and utensils. Plunger coffee pot.
Corian countertop with integrated dish draining compartment with fitted Corian lid.
Sink: single bowl s/s with pressurized hot and cold water. Not filtered. No separate hand pump.
Fridge: 12V Vitrifrigor with s/s front opening drawer refrigerator and freezer. Danfoss compressor.
12V Vitrifrigor with s/s front opening drawer refrigerator and freezer. Danfoss compressor
Oven: Force 10 - 2 burner with oven and grill
Hotwater System
12V and heat exchanger (X2. One for each bathroom)
2 X stand alone separate showers with pressurized hot and cold water. One shower in cockpit.
2 X full size marine toilets with holding tanks.
Sony Marine AM/FM CD player Stereo with 2 salon speakers and Bose cockpit speakers.
2.5m inflatable dinghy
2.5HP 4 stroke Yamaha outboard (1 year old)
Sail cover (lazy bag) in very good condition. Lazy jacks. LArge windows UV shade cover. Clear dodger. Mosquito nets and blinds on each overhead hatch.
Ground Tackle
Anchors: 20kg Delta as primary anchor with 100m of 8mm. 20kg Rocna as secondary anchor with 10m of 10mm chain and 60m rode.

Windlass: Quick electric AT1012 with remote
Safety Gear
Life Jackets and life ring
Life Raft: Plastimo Transocean 10 man - serviced 2016
Grab Bag for abandoning ship which includes flares and emergency supplies and fishing equipment.
Epirb GME Accusat 406Mgz
Iridium Go Sat Communication
Powder filled Fire Extinguishers (5) and a fire blanket in the galley
Bilge Pumps - 2 automatic in the engine compartments plus 2 electric bilge pumps activated at the switchboard and 2 hand operated bilge pumps. Replaced all float switches in 2016. Bilge water alarm at helm.
Electric Marine and Emergency Horn (Vetus)
Emergency Tiller
Bilge Pumps
Life Raft
Yes. 10 people.
Life Jackets
Yes. In service.
Fire Protection
Yes. 6 X fire extinguishers.
220 Volt AC, 12 Volt DC
Solar Power: 440 Watts - 140watts existing and 300 watts installed in 2016
The following were replaced with new in 2016 :
Victron Inverter 1200,12V - 230V
Victron Centaur Battery Charger
Victron BMV 700 voltage/amp meter
Victron BME 702 Battery Monitor
Shore power and internal power points for both 240V and 12V
5 inverter outlets (240v)
12 shore power outlets (240V)
6 x 12 volt outlets
Raymarine ST6002 Auto pilot
Raymarine C80 Chart Plotter
Raymarine Ray 55VHF
Raymarine ST 60 Tri data - depth, wind direction and wind speed
Raymarine AIS 650 transceiver and receiver with Raymarine VHF
Splitter 100 with internal and external antennae. 2016.
Iridium Go Satellite Communication system with external antenna 2016
Switchboard Circuit Breaker
Sail Inventory
Quantum Sails
Furling Genoa with new UV strip (2016)
Fully battened Main (with cars) in good condition.
Mast / Rigging
Z Spar aluminium mast, deck stepped with mast car system.
1/19 SS standing rigging with swaged ends.
2 Harken 44 self tailing winches (Helm)
2 Harken 40 Self tailing winches (Mast)
Harken deck fittings throughout
Deck Gear
S/S Bow Pulpit and Rails
Hard Bimini Top
Plastic Dodger
Electric Dinghy Davits
2 Swim Platforms
1 S/S Swim Ladder with teak steps
Side stanchions in S/S and life lines
Removable canvas awning over helm station
Cockpit cushions
Cockpit table
Vented gas locker and shut off valve (Australian Gas certification provided)
8 fenders and docklines
Hand rails
Deck Lights, Nav Lights, Cockpit Lights
Immaculately presented, fully surveyed by independent registered marine surveyor. A beautiful boat to sail around the world or as a live-aboard.

Broker / Dealer
Nautilus Yacht Management
Careel Bay Marina 46 Cowdroy Avenue