I was lucky enough to sail on the boat in Istanbul
. She was very
quick compared to the Lagoon 420
we chartered earlier in the year, perhaps 1.5 to 2 knots faster.
Overall, I was very impressed, although there are a few small details which could & should be addressed by FP.
Upstairs is very cool, but the seatback needs raising. I totally agree about the sharp edges. The veneer will wear very quickly, then peel off and look awful. Come on FP, this needs to be addressed! The idea is great on paper, but not at all practical. I am also a bit concerned about the countertop finish as it appears to scratch easily, but it does look good new.
The space on the aft deck
has to be seen to be believed - way bigger than the L421 and incredibly sociable. The fore & aft table on the aft deck
is easier to get in and out of than the "normal" U shaped athwartships design.
There are so many different areas to sit that with 10 on board, the boat won't feel overcrowded.
I agree with the comment about the steering
feeling light. There is zero feedback, but I suspect you would get used to it quickly.
Instrument positioning is better than the Lipari
, but the Garmins are not as easy to read as the Raymarines. The design of the helm
position is probably as good as it gets. Unlike the L450, the helm
can see and speak to someone in the galley
and the aft deck. Looking forward to putting an owners version into a bareboat
fleet in Tortola in the Spring.