For all those with question marks,
I completed a four hour test sail on the on the Lagoon
420 Hybrid on August 29, 2007, off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Winds ran from low 8 knots to 12 knots. The 420 moved along at 4.5 to 6.0 knots, averaging about 5.6.
Staley Weidman with Catamaran Yachts was at the helm
and 420 was very snappy through all its manuvers. He showed us how to neutralize the prop drag using the throttles and we were very please by the overall
performance of the boat.
We've read alot of negative comments on this forum and expected to be very disappointed in the 420, but the exact oppsite was true. Here are some specifics:
1. The electric
drive is very powerful. We easily maintained 6.0 knots without going to full throttle.
2. The Gen Set was so quiet that I couldn't tell when it turned on or off.
We went below when it was running and checked both the Master birth and quest birth. Anyone who would complain about the faint hum of the
is super sensitive. My ceiling fan over my bed
makes more noise
that the Gen Set!!!
3. The Gen Set cut on to recharge the batteries at one point in our cruise
and ran for about 10 minutes before we hit full charge and the Gen Set automatically powered down. Information stating that the Gen Set must run for an hour every time it turn on if not correct.
4. Tacking: We had read some negative comments on the boat being sluggish through her tacks and again we were pleasantly surprised. We lost
4/10 of a knot coming through most the tacks. I believe that the 420's performance depends allot on the experience at the helm
5. Last but not least: Batteries- Staley with the Cataraman Company told us that the next generation of batteries that will be interchangeable with
the current batteries will be extremely light and have a 8 or 9 year life expectancy.
If you have a 420 on order, give yourself a pat on the back for being brave enough to be first in line for the FUTURE!!! You are going to love it!
PS - I've been sailing since 1988.