Originally Posted by Palarran
I just really don't like the dingy set up FP is going to. With the dingy nesting under the sun lounge, it is exposed to heavy seas. A Salina in my marina has it's motor
basically dangling 12" above the water
. It has to drag. Also, at best your going to get a 13' rib
under there and no console. The new Lagoon
56 is far better in design with this, IMO.
I have a Salina and find the arrangement really good if the dinghy
is pulled up tight against the bottom of the sundeck:
- It stay tight even in a cross sea, no more chafing side to side or fore-aft.
- No rain water to drain, very little sea water when in rough sea.
- The aft buoyancy of the Salina is massive, big following seas just lift her and the dinghy of course lift with the boat, I never noticed a wave slamming it.
- The sundeck is great, so much extra space that the dinghy on davits would use.
Of course if the owner hasn't fitted the lines properly, then the dinghy will hang loose and close to the water.
As far as the Lagoons, they are lovely looking boats, but are too heavy; for instance, the 500 has a lightship weight of 17 Ton, that is 70% heavier than the 10.5 Ton Salina, that makes a lot of difference on any sailboat, but on catamarans it makes an enormous difference!
That is one of the reasons why the Salina was the only production boat that I considered fit to my requirements of liveaboard/ cruising.