Originally Posted by Lagoon4us
'I meant to ask, after sailing Impi' across the Atlantic what are your thoughts on the upper helm
station? Cheers Frank
Hi Frank ... Just typed a response and promptly erased it again ... Think the crossing stumped my brain a bit.
To answer honestly ... I did not spend as much time up there as I initially claimed I would on a crossing ... Spent most of my time inside.
Having said that, there was never a moment I felt I had to be up there ... And it was nice to know I could be up there if I wanted to...The Lagoon 440 sails
with a feeling of total control and being at ease even in rough conditions. I could not be without my Raymarine
smart controller ....had I not had one, you would be getting a different answer from me.
As mentioned before, we had a rough weather
crossing (wind and sea), were in a lightening storm for 6 hours (was terrified ... Not used to those where bolts are striking down to sea level), lost gps
and plotter functions intermittently ....
We had a night where we were doing 19 knts (unintentionally) with only the Genoa's up in a pot holed sea .... The boat is super fast despite us being totally overloaded ....rigged as a cruising cat, not a racing
machine...Never felt once that I needed to rush up to the bridge ... The Lagoon 440
simply does not nose dive and is very stable in all conditions.
There were times I wished my autopilot
was more responsive to a quicker correction ...
We had some stunning days and nights in between ... The bridge was an awesome place to be in those moments ... One felt free and being up there just has a sense of 'being in a different place for a while' .... Personally, I will never be without a bridge again!
On a different level all together ... On a crossing such as the one we just did across the south Atlantic ... One mentally almost needs a 'get away spot'. The 440 really had that for us ... Many spots to get away to ... And the bridge was certainly one where you could recline on the long seats and read a book ... Feel above the boat, not in the boat so to speak ... Mentally, it was a 'special place' for us!
Another really, really nice feature on the 440 on this crossing was the split level deck
. One has a wide deck
down the sides, narrowing to a lower deck level also running along the length of the boat. I cannot tell you enough how fantastic this feature proved to be ... I had never given it a thought before. We enjoyed sailing with our hatches open, even in heavier seas ... It refreshed the boat and felt good... But the sea does tend to lap up and wash onto the decks now and again. With the split level deck, the sea would roll up gently onto the deck ... Had it been a flat deck the water
would rush straight down the hatch
... But to our surprise the shape of the 'split' in deck level carried the water
down the length of the boat, keeping it on the lower level pouring the water out into the sea again. The upper level stayed dry and water never got to pour down the hatch
. Of course we would close the hatches if we noticed water running along the lower deck level ... To be safe. It was a kind of gentle warning that the sea was starting to get to a point where hatches should be shut ... A great, great feature ... The engineering skill in design had me bewildered because it seemed dimensionally proportioned and shaped to cope so efficiently with a lot of water coming up onto the deck ...
Biggest disappointment - the 440 interior
cabins squeaked ... A lot ... I found that unacceptable and have started to remove panel for panel and rubberize behind each. Vision catamarans do not have one squeak at sea because the guys put in enough effort to place rubber between all furniture joints.... Lagoon
lacks in this department.