We have been living aboard
our Lagoon 420
for 1 1/2 years and are very happy with our decision to get a hybrid. A lot depends on how you use it. During the time we've owned her, we've sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Corpus Christi, back to Ft. Lauderdale, north to Charleston, back south to Miami
, and across to the Bahamas
where we are now. I should mention that we were not sailors when we purchased Seas the Day, and this is our first sailboat. We find it an easy boat to sail, and even easier to live on. We've encountered some extremely bad weather
while sailing and she has always performed well under all conditions.
A few words about Lagoon. First, we purchased Seas the Day, Hull
71, through CatCo. As with all Lagoons, she came across from France
to Ft. Lauderdale on her own hull
with a delivery crew. When we took delivery in August, 2008, we moved aboard with a long "fix list" after we inspected her. Almost all of our requests for repairs
were made, including a new genoa
, as it had a small tear in it. Most of the fixes were minor, but we were generally pleased with how CatCo and Lagoon responded. CatCo employs a hybrid guru who was always on call if we had a question.
Since then, we have been very impressed with the way Lagoon has stood behind the hybrid components and continues to develop new technology. Yes, some people who purchased the hybrid version did switch to the twin diesels, but these were mostly from the early hulls. Lagoon seems to be willing to support the hybrid concept
even beyond logical warranty periods.
Is it heavy? Yes it is. Is it slower than some sailors might want? Again, yes. For us, we've discovered that we spend much more time at anchor
than we do traveling from place to place. In the States, we almost always had to sail offshore
up the East Coast
as our mast
is a bit too tall to get under many of the ICW
bridges. (We are planning to get it cut down when we return to the States). We easily made 50-60 mile runs on the ocean each day from inlet to inlet.
We are full time liveaboards and are completely satisfied with the comfort of our "home." We've always wondered what it is about the 420 that some people (who aren't owners) seem to love to bash. It is disconcerting to read about issues with the 420 from people who don't own it. I wouldn't presume to criticize another boat without having first hand knowledge of problems. We communicate with many other owners through our 420 Forum, and find that there are few complaints. In addition, we have a community of owners who always have advice when we have a small (or large) problem.
Incidentally, if we do decide that the hybrid system does not work for us any longer, we have the option to converting it to twin diesels at any time at a very reasonable cost.
Jan and Mark