We are a full time live aboard couple on a L400 Owners Version. We do get off for a month or so each year, for a "land holiday". We regularly have an extra 2 to 4 guests, usually only for 10 days or less. When in home port we stay at our marina berth, but when cruising, less than 1 day per month is spent at marinas
To be specific:
1. This boat will go anywhere that most cruisers are likely to wish to go. It is not the limiting factor; crew endurance, capabilities and competance is far more important. The highest latitude I've travelled is nearly 40 degrees S ( Bass Strait) however this was mid-winter. Stupid, I know! Our vessel does not have a diesel
heater and we found the experience very uncomfortable and not really enjoyable. Being tropical people, I'm sure that if we hardened up a bit and also fitted a good heater, things could be more tolerable. We found the aft cockpit
clears enclosure and the helm
clears a Godsend in bitterly cold weather
. An exposed helm
would have been horrible, especially as manual helming is most necessary when the weather
2. Probably would buy another L400. Definitey not a L39 as they are heavier, smaller, slower and more expensive. Haven't even seen a new L42 but couldn't afford one. Not such a Lagoon fan that I wouldn't prefer (good boat at the right price
) a Leopard 46
, or a FP Orana
or Helia, Grainger 43 or Perry 43 etc.
Not many 40 footers in the same price
bracket will provide the same space, comfort and carry what we choose to carry and still sail OK. That's the bottom line.
3. Fit out and accessories are very personal. We only wanted 2 heads and no airconditioning. No regrets yet, although we havent extensively cruised equatorial waters in summer. We also have way more refrigeration
than most cruisers because I like to take my spearfishing mates out to good country; good food
, cold beer
and space for dead fish
is important. We have 1150 watts of solar
and a back up diesel
genset to supply the amps. Many cruisers are happy with a portable petrol generator
, as I said, very personal. With heavy cruising cats such as Lagoons, the working sails
are comparitively small. This is more so in later models. In order to get satisfactory performance extra light weather sails
are highly recommended. Make sure the boat is equiped with the fittings for these. We carry a furling gennaker
and a large symmetrical spinnaker
. In over 15 to 20 knots the L400's square top main and genoa
provide adequate performance for cruising.
When it comes to internal fit out options, make sure you listen intently to your partner.
Hope this helps. Cheers.