I must say I appreciate all the honest opinions posted here recently. That is what this forum is for. I have a 420 on order, as many know. Much of the earlier debate focused on whether a heavy multi-hull could perform adequately. I am driven to repost because I want to clarify one thing, this augment demands that the heavy multi still retain an appropriate sail area to displacement
ratio. This is the power to weight ratio of the sailboat. I meant in no way to imply that a multi with a low SA/D could perform well. The would be akin to saying a heavy car with a low horsepower motor
is going to be fast. This is not possible. Heavy cats like the L440 or L500 have decent SA/D and do perform adequately IMHO.
When the specifications of the L420 became available we contacted Lagoon
for clarification on the weight issue. Lagoon
stated that they were using a new standard to determine displacement
. Lagoon wrote that the 420 was really not heavier than its competitors. Well, this does not appear to be the case. The L420 appears to really be an incredibly heavy catamaran
. It is a heavy catamaran
without an appropriate increase in sail area to compensate for the additional weight. Would be owners were also concerned about battery placement as Lagoon choose to install 2500lbs of batteries in the transoms. These could have been placed at the center of buoyancy. Of course there are complex issues involving low voltage cable runs.
It seems Lagoon bit off more than they could chew in terms of control system complexity. They essentially began promoting and selling the Hybrid before they even had a functioning beta system. That was deceptive. Lagoon generated fancy press releases before they had even a marginally functioning system. The L420 group became silent as we were dribbled information from brokers and the factory regarding the true functionally of the system. It is quite apparent that the present system is patched together to work somewhat, but is certainly nothing like the initial sails pitch
I find it interesting that Lagoon is already developing a new model, the L400. Is this a sign that Lagoon is giving up on the 420? Who knows? The French have not been forthcoming with information. I still have a bit of hope regarding sailing performance. The diesel
version, with a couple thousands pounds removed, better weight distribution, and no huge props dragging through the water
, may do a bit better. The ergonomic issues can be rectified. Lagoon could increase the sail area. My broker contends that there is no such things as a fast, reasonably priced multi-hull once they are fully loaded for long-range cruising.
The incredible accommodations may be worth mediocre performance. Hey cruisers spend the majority of time on the hook. I remain undecided on this purchase
. Ultimately, if anyone is interested in buying
my March 2008 delivery
, I may be willing to sell at a $60K -75K discount to the current
catamaran company published base price
. How about 399K for a new dual diesel
2008 420? I doubt you could find more new catamaran for the money