We purchased a 2004 vintage Lavezzi
this past September after selling our much loved monohull
. We're very happy with the boat - though that's not to say some aspects couldn't be improved. She's got 30hp Yanmars (beautiful) and a 5kw Northern Lights
genset (works a charm as well). The layout is the Owners version with the starboard hull
being a dedicated Owners suite - we like that.
Keeping in mind this is a production boat, I'd say the finish & fittings are similar to Beneteau/Jeanneau which is to say, they're good, but often times you'd like them to be a little more substantial. I'd like larger winches, more deck cleats
, an aft anchor
roller, more storage
etc. Obviously these can be upgraded. The main traveller system is not to my liking - I'm looking at perhaps installing an Antal Line Driver or perhaps a small winch
to facilitate trimming. Oh, I will level one criticism - the cockpit dodger
is butt ugly...I don't know how such a nice design ended up with such a crappy looking cover.
Performance wise we're very happy - we hit +10 knots on our first sail. Her sail plan is much larger than a similar sized Lagoon
whilst being a lighter build (less millwork for one). We typically blow past Lagoon
380's at substantially higher speeds. Further, she points well and with the light foredeck, she manages rough water
easily and comfortably. I'd also suggest you look at the bridgedeck clearance and profile - the Lavezzi is smooth, clean & high whilst the others have large ledges and protusions. I think this would lead to serious wave slapping in rougher seas.
Below decks she's great - I couldn't ask for more comfort. Like most cats, riding at anchor
is stable and comfortable. Improvements would include a (better) electric
bog, a shower
door (can't believe they didn't do this) and a permanent shower head
in the shower. Fridge, cooker and galley
meet the co-captains high standards so I've nothing to add there...
What sucks? Tacking on cats is a slow motion affair and at under 4 knots you'll be backing the jib
to bring her around. They also lack the tactile beauty of a tiller steered monohull
. But, that's the nature of the beast.
Our 'to do' list includes:
or flexteek decking in the cockpit
and stern steps
- hatches for the forepeaks to facilitate sail storage
- main traveller needs some critical thinking
- hard cockpit cover (I really hate the look of the current
- large screecher
- solar panels
- bog: the current electric
sounds like sheet metal going through tree mulcher - something quieter
: I've upgraded the house bank to 640ah AGM's and constructed a battery
locker under the aft cabin
bunk (this places it opposite the genset). I've also installed a Link moniter and will install a Battery