The boat Show
is over today. I was hoping to visit Lagoon 400
but they were unfortunately absent.
So instead I have visited The Orana
44 and Lagoon 440
. Here are my obsevations:
Well, the Orana
44 is very elegant, spacious and comfortable. I must say I am impressed. It was 3 cabin
are also big and comfortable. Especially the cockpit
area is nicely designed and the table holds 8 people easily. Finishing is nothing special, but I would say acceptable. I am 6"5' and I could easily stand in the galley
. Especially master cabin
was very comfortable.
Before visiting Orana I always thought, above 40ft you couldn't sail a cat single
handed easily, but with Orana I changed my mind. All the lines brought to helm
station, plus electric
winches, you could sail without moving from the helm
seat. That makes the life of a skipper
very easy, I must say.
UnfortunateIy couldn't sail with the Orana, but Yeloya has given very detailed info about the sailing charateristics. To sail under 11-12 knots wind
you certainly need a Gennaker
. (or start the engines)
I have added Orana in my buying
list. But it is around 80-90K € expensive than Lipari
or L400. Is it worth it? I will fly to France
soon to see both, then I can evaluate better.
I also had a look at Lagoon 440
at the show, but as the flybridge helm station isn't for my taste, it was a short visit. The design of L440 shows its age, and if I had to choose between the two, I would probably choose Orana. It looks nicer for my taste.