For those interested in learning
about a Lagoon 39 from a current
owner, below are my observations and experiences aboard hull
49 built in 2013 but a 2014 model. My wife and I are full-time live aboards cruising the Caribbean
The boat sails
better than I expected. I've been a devote monohull
sailor for the past 40 years prior to buy the 39 cat. For reference - our sail plan includes a square-top main, self-tacking jib
and a Code O all factory installed. Factory issued/Doyle standard sail material.
- Top speed 11.2 knots on broad reach, with a .6 kt favorable current
in the Anegada Passage
. Wind 18-22 kts with gust to 25.
- Goes to windward 35-40% off wind, generally requires 80-90 degree tacks.
- Straight downwind is a "no" go due to the location of shrouds too far aft limiting sweep of boom. Spinnaker
could resolve this issue with rigging
running from each bow.
- Main sail only with jib
reefed 100% broad reach average 6.8 - 7.2 knots with .6 favorable current in Antiqua Channel. Winds 15-19 kts, sea state 3-5 swells.
- Light air sailing with Code O. With 2-4 kt tropical breeze, glass water
surface achieved 3-4 kts hull speed
with deployed Code O and full main with increased draft
. Fresh breeze 8-10 kts saw increased hull speed
4-4.5 kts. Winds increasing to 10-12 saw hull
speed increase to 5-6.5 kts. CAUTION !!!! I made the mistake of deploying Code O with winds consistent 15-17 and gusting. Bad error on Captain's part. Resulted in significant flogging of sail and bent the continuous roller furler
. Nearly $600 later all is repaired. But life of sail is significantly shortened.
engines are great work horses. Two issues to be on the alert - (1) seawater pumps are failing with low engine
hours (500-700) on a significant number of these engines due to the redesign back in 2009.
- Rubber vibration engine
mounts on starter side are failing due to level of torgue. Factory installed 100s are inadequate I'm told by Yanmar
- Jabasco electric
macreator pumps are failing after 1-2 yrs use.
- No reason to be camping with all the space this vessel offers. Great visability from salon
and large patio-like rear deck
- King size bed
with plenty of natural ventilation. Plus a queen and double birth. Finally two "coffin" berths in the forward bow peaks.
heads, room for nice size refrig that makes ice cubes, and freezer
making hoisting the dinghy
nightly a simple chore.
- If loaded with electric heads, DC watermaker
, full navigational instruments, wifi
, refrig, freezer
, fans, etc requires roughly 1,000 watts of solar
or solar/wind generation combination. Finding space for this amount of energy production is going to be challenging without placing tremendous weight on the aft deck
. For my money
, we currently have 420 watts of new solar
power with a MPPT
and its not enough without running engines, I see a D 400 wind generator
as the solution that gets me much closer to the 1000 watts and takes advantage of these tropical breezes we see pretty much 24/7. Solar cannot do that.
- The vast majority of design decisions and features we like. Large opening window above galley
double sinks aids ventilation, helps removes cooking
orders and keeps the chief engaged with those in the patio area.
- Locking hatches, screens and sun shields are a value added benefit.
station has great view of all "four" corners, and easy sail handling. Make sure you get the optional electric winch
package, the Admiral will thank you as will your tired muscles after a 18 hour night passage.
- Twin screws, just cannot beat for moveability. Turns on a "dime." and easy for beginners to learn to handle steering
just using throttles instead of wheel
. Monohulls look on with amazement and lust for such control - even a bow thruster will not do what this boat can do with strong cross winds going through a tight basque bridge channel.
- No heeling, ladies you know what I'm talking about. 30 kts of wind and this boat just kicks up its heels and asks for more. Nada, O, none, zippo heeling.....My wife loves it! Generally, most passengers don't realize the wind strength without looking at the digital readouts.
- No a fan of BTU vs propane
but its not hard to change out.
- If you are going to have AC, you will need a generator
. Plenty of space in port lazerette or can add a second water
tank. Standard is 79 gallons which is skimpy for most of us. A watermaker
resolves this issue and gives us greater flexibility in our travels. Here in the Caribbean
we are finding that we are rethinking our desire for AC. So far not having it is not an issue now that we have sun shades on the rear hardtop bimini
for those 4-6 westerly sunsets. Note - the boat faces East the vast majority of the time.
system is marginal at best and you will need to "beef it up" if you plan to do some serious cruising. Our ground tackle is our "insurance policy" as we are not interested in spending time filing claims. For our needs and area of sailing, the Manson Supremen 60 with 220 feet 3/8 galvanized chain, Fortress
37 200 ft 20mm rode
and a CQR
Plow 42 lb 200 ft 20mm rode
. Naturally electric windlass
is essential and we have the Delphi which was previously factory installed at time of our purchase
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN - Possible more important would the Admiral?
Absolutely. Let me say that again - YES.
Boats are like homes - personal; everyone has their own tastes and requirements. For our money and needs the Lagoon 39 fills the bill. We love the boat and for us it makes a terrific live-aboard full time cruising home.