Blue Sky is a 2008 Lagoon 420 hull
#57 which we moved aboard 2.5 years ago and have been cruising the east coast
of the US and the eastern Caribbean
ever since with 11,000 sea miles under our belts. Have owned both monohulls and this cat and they are both great choices.
Since I own a 420, I am a bit partial to it. Here is why. It is a heavy boat and when the going gets tough, it is a very stable platform out there, and that is important. It has seen us through a couple of challenging storms. Since 98+% of the time we are happily anchored, we love the 360 vista of the world a cat offers while you go through your daily chores or are relaxing. This was a huge reason we picked a cat over our previous mono and it has been well worth it when you are on the boat 24x7.
As for payload, I don't think you have to worry. Lagoon's own info shows almost 10,000 lbs. Look at the download Rapuni sent. It is very detailed. Remember it is in kilos and that first column shows a crew weight of 825 kilos, far more than you and your kids
, because it is tied to the max allowed at Class A. You would have to do something harsh to overload a 420. It was designed to handle a whack of batteries aft for the electric
But, you can easily poorly balance a 420 because of all the seemingly wonderful hatches and spaces for storage
up forward. We have found that the boat is much faster and seakindly as you move weight aft. Big difference. So all the lightweight stuff goes forward, extra life vest, empty jerry cans, and yes, the TP as well. The extra fuel
fits nicely aft in the cockpit
during a passage
Since we are double handers, we love the communications
with the 420 design between the helm
and kitchen. Great! Don't particularly like the newer sleeker design because there is much less of an open airy feel in the cockpit with the lower bimini
Sailing performance is what it is. Suffice it to say that with my loaded boat I can keep up with or surpass most chartered monos or cats. The boat is slower by maybe a tenth of a knot
or two, but knowing how to sail it more than makes up for the difference. On anything but a close reach, can usually beat most boats my size, not that I ever get competitive. Of course having the right sails
makes a huge difference on this boat - gennaker
for lighter winds and an Asail, spinnaker
or parasailor for downwind. We fly the parasailor. The only time I cry in my beer
is close hauled. Getting a by the GPS
tacking angle of less than 110 degrees in a 5 foot swell with wind
chop, just isn't in the cards, often is really 120 degrees. So if you are driving upwind under sail, about the best you can do is half boat speed. So if you are barreling along in a 20 knot wind
, you might have a VMG of 4 to 4.5 knots tops. But like any cruiser I avoid upwind at any cost because it is simply not very comfortable in a cat or mono. If you want a cat to go well upwind, you need ones with dagger boards
. Not worth the fuss to us.
Yes, a 65' mono will get you there faster, mainly due to the difference in hull speed
or in very light winds. The 420 maxes out at hull
speeds pretty easy in winds over 20 knots so you will be tearing along at 8.5 to 9 knots, but getting much over that is edgy sailing, possible, but not a stress I put on my rig. I must add that one night the parasailor was up as the wind sneaked up to 25 knots and we found our speeds in the 13-14 knot range - but we were not racing
, so down it came.
So load it up, keep the heavy stuff aft, buy sails
as you learn the boat, learn how to trim the sails for speed (added almost .75 knots over what I first got out of the boat just learning
to trim) get a great anchor
, sail by the numbers (420 really doesn't tell you if it is over-canvassed like a mono would), and most of all have fun with any boat you choose.
Oh, and learn to get good exercise diving
your bottom to keep it clean (pleasure in the Caribbean). It will make a bigger difference than the boat you bought - and you will be more fit!
sv Blue Sky
420 hull #57