Some of my statement still is true after owning a Mahe for over a year.
The Mahe's I have been on have all a flexing deck
to a certain degree. Different compared to the Privilege
I had sailed before. Our previous Lagoon 410 was very stiff, the Mahe is more soft.
Where a flexing balsa-cored deck is an issue a flexing foam cored deck seems to be ok. And this is not just the deck, the complete structure is not as stiff.
This does seem to work, at least I'm not aware of any structural failures in a Mahe. This flexibility seems to be engineered into the structure just like its engineered into skyscrapers.
The difference is weight. The Mahe is a fly-weight compared to our Lagoon. just compare the SAD numbers of a Mahe to a Lagoon 380
. Or any recent Lagoon or FP...
The Mahe is much quicker, more responsive, and sails
better. She does go to wind
very well up to the point when the sea state causes too much banging and vomitting kids
. Reefing when beating hard upwind starts at 18kn apparent and that is about the point when it's no longer fun.
Another difference is that Mahes have very little wood in the build. No wood means no rot
. The hulls are Solid under water
and foam cored above the waterline. No balsa core
, so no worries about badly sealed deck fittings and a wet core
But yes, our Mahe does squeak quite a bit in two places but is silent otherwise. Our Lagoon squeaked a less but in numerous places.
The winches have proved adequate so far. The loads on the Mahe are not that high. The corrosion
of the mast winch
is easily rectified, thats just the case of a builder
cutting corners. Not worse than in any other boat builder
The little ventilation hatches are toy like. Their seals
need replacement from time to time (cheap epdm seals
@ 2 euro per meter) and they lack a rainproof ventilation mode like bigger lewmar
hatches have. The good thing isthey can be left open with no risk of burglars getting in as they are just too small.
Overall ventilation is good only if we keep the escape hatches
open. Later models had improvements like more hatches in the saloon
and added overhead hatches in the heads / front cabin
Overall there is more plain gelcoat
surfaces than in Lagoons. Gelcoat
floors with wooden floorboards, gelcoat under the saloon
settee and table, gelcoated stairs into the hull, etc. The Lagoon 380 and 410 are more wooden comfy if you like that. The first impression on a Mahe is a little 'cheap' compared to the lagoon.
is a problem of early boats, 2006-2009 or so. From what i heard this is no longer an issue for 2009 or 2010 builds. For the earlier Mahes my take is either they have already developed osmosis and have been treated or these boats have no greater risk than other boats. The treatment under FP warrantee is regarded as better than new: stripping the bottom, drying and building up it all-epoxy. so basically a lifetime guarantee against osmosis.
As to liveability: we are a family
of 4 and have been onboard for 2.5 months now. We still haven't killed each other. Even with family
guests for a week or so its still OK but then you need a well planned schedule for the single
After owning the boat for a year i would do a tradewind crossing without a second thought. Its small but capable, its buyoant enough in the sterns for following seas, its quicker than our Lagoon and even our small spinnacker makes for tradewind cruising at 6-8 knots.
For crossing both ways in potentially severe headwinds I'd prefer something bigger, like 40ft.
So why have I bought one? First we don't plan to cross many oceans. We just do a few months liveaboard
per year in the med. Kids
are now in school
so we can't go for more than 3 months and we don't need a huge boat. Small boat, small problems, more fun.
Second is of course price
. Most Lagoon 380 are asking 50% more than a Mahe of similar vintage. Having sailed both I can't see any reason for that.
We may consider ugrading to a Lipari
, a Lagoon 400
or a late 410 but we are not looking into a 380. The difference between the 380 and the Mahe is far too small to justify the hassle of selling & buying
Our improvements so far:
Replaced the canvas bimini
with a hard bimini
made of 4mm resopal panels
. Lasts forever, much cooler and costs less than a new canvas
Added 320w solar panels
on bimini in addition to 240w that were already on the davits
Added 1kw pure sine inverter
Added b2b charger
to improve charge of house batteries when motoring
and a 40 liter tank for drinking water
, with overflow into exisiting 2x 280 liter tanks
Added Eberspächer / Espar forced air diesel
heater with ducting to saloon, head
and all 3 cabins
Added a maximum sized but light dinghy
@ 3.1 meter
Added new DSC VHF
Added 10' opencpn
tablet to nav station with connection to instruments & AIS
Added battery monitor
Added asym spinnaker
Plus numerous small things like all LED lighting
, USB charge sockets in the cabins
At least right now I can't think of anything else i want to change or add. Except maybe folding props and radar
We can live at anchor
for weeks and have enough electricity and water
so we never need a marina. We can even run our breadmaker off solar
so we only need fresh veggies and fruits every now and then.
And since the additions are all pretty light sailing isstill a joy!
We are currently in Italy
until hauling out for winter dry storage
in about 3 weeks. You are welcome to have a look!