Many, many questions and concerns are coming out about Lagoon's practices with the 420 and a number of owners/buyers are quite unhappy.
I know of three recent dismastings of 420's and another one of a 440 -- all apparently caused by sloppy work in the commissioning/rigging. Fortunately, no one appears to have been hurt in any of them, but one happened on the hard
when a rigger was working on the boat. Even he didn't catch the poor work. Gord's response was correct - the turnbuckles weren't moused and even the jam nut wasn't properly tightened. They're darn lucky nobody was seriously hurt or killed, and that is just luck.
The fuel consumption
reports are continuing to come out. More people are saying that it is using more fuel
than expected (some, much more), with only a few saying that the consumption
Sailing reports are also not very good. Most people are commenting that the boat is underpowered due to inadequate sail plan (however, given the dismastings, maybe Lagoon views this as a safety feature!).
I've seen one report from a recent owner on the new interior
. It was seen as rather "cheap" with the "wood" (I'm not even sure you could properly call it that, as the links to the manufacturer seem to imply that it is some sort of compressed laminate) having no texture.
Even though Lagoon has been saying for months that they've worked on and resolved the issues with the genset, no one has seen in a live production boat that this is so.
The increased weight figures are a mystery. I know I've asked my dealer many questions about the boat, the weight, issues with the genset, fuel consumption, etc., but he won't answer my questions. Repeated, urgent requests have simply gone unanswered. If the weight differences cited were not all that much, that would be understandable. But, the boat wasn't a lightweight to begin with. Then, to have an unexplained 12% increase over an already heavy boat? I think that deserves explanation, but they won't.
In summary -- and I am truly sorry to have to say this, but integrity demands it -- I can no longer recommend this boat. While I continue to believe that the concept
of hybrid diesel-electric systems are the way to go and we will eventually get there, Lagoon has been unable to do it. Yes, they promised they had it all worked out and said they've been testing the systems for years. Maybe they have, but all worked out? Obviously not. They got to me enough for me to send them a lot of money
. Like Fox Mulder, "I want to believe". No more.
I'm now looking at other options.