Below is an abbreviated list I made for our local dealer who was going to a Lagoon
conference last year to discuss improvements. My bigger list does include a lot of stuff to make our yacht up to Cat 1 for offshore
. Anyone reading may think there are a lot of issues with the L450. There are not, most is niff naff stuff that any production yacht could have.
PS, I am always looking for improvements? Rolf had a lot as well.
However some items are very important for a new owner to do:
# Fit hand rails to outer sides of aft steps.
# Fit hand rail to lower front of mast
# Forward lockers lower deck hatch
wooden support is only held by a few small screws. Both of mine have collapsed and fortunately the person did not fall through 5 feet and break ribs! replace screws with bolts.
# The generator
impeller starts running dry, and no the NRV and electric pump
do not prevent this. It disintegrates within 150 hours and the bits jam the heat exchanger
(hire a contortionist to access that!). My current
solution is a "run Dry Impeller".
A couple of comfort improvements:
# There is no where near enough hot water
for hot showers each day. I fitted a dual coil calorifier
that runs of the diesel
Eberspacher heater, with a heat exchanger
and have continuous hot water
# pull out fully the shower
heads and seal around the hole, clip the hose out of the way. Voila dry bilges!
Things I like about the Lagoon
big wrap around windows making it a lovely environment
big volume and space for people and storage
modern internal styling - apartment like look.
Good use of electrical equipment
to make the yacht easy to use one person (e.g. winches)
Things I dislike:
stack pack make it too hard to use the main often for a short sail.
The reefing works but too easy to tangle and is tot hard to use.
The original main electrical
panel did not allow the crew to manage the battery storage
The original water tanks
and fuel tanks
gauges and level reporting was very poor.
The original hot water tank and electric heating
was entirely inadequate.
Very poor saloon
entrance door lock and catches.
Things to improve? (I have listed some of the things I changed, fixed and improved)
hot water heating
- continuous flow
shock cord on blocks
snap shackle on gennaker halyard
lifting lines and chafe
rowlocks and oars
anchor chain markers
chain counter failure - several times
handel for water switching cupboard
rain flow redirector out of the cockpit
second big table
remove plastic from bow lifelines
secure house batteries
rear handrails on outer boarding steps
longer shore power
improve battery charging
heaters fixed as flow did not work
masthead tricolour light
front of mast
handles on cabin
bathroom door magnet open stops
poor through hull
water maker too noisy and poor working
gennaker block and line to remove need to lean over the bow lifelines
very poor bilge pump
pumps connected to hot battery
BEP ultrasonic senders for fuel
, water and holding tanks to give accurate levels to within a few litres
plastic vents for air blowers are brittle and fail
saloon windows leaks