Originally Posted by ess105
Think about what that means to the book value of your deposit.
Had a test sail on 'Hybrid' out of Ft. Lauderdale in 14 to 16kts winds. The boat did 8.2kts under sail only and was very smooth in very sloppy rough seas (the seas just out of Ft. Luderdale are usually quite rough with very confused seas). A Leopard 46
went out just ahead of us and we were actually catching up. Was told the Leopard 46
is fast in smooth waters and light winds but suffers from the low bridge clearance in rough seas. Nick claims he did 13kts in >20kts winds on the way down from Annapolis
Overall I still cannot get over the size of the boat. There are some small pre production problems and most of the things I asked about are on 'the list'. Did not get to experience the regeneration as Nick did not know how to use or maybe it has some problem????? The boat is extremely well layed out and far exceeds my expectations. This is some boat and will be very hard to compete with once they get it all sorted.
The Nav station stool will have three fixed positions. Apparently is not useable in the current
state in anything except at anchor
in calm seas.
I have some photos but are more of detail of what is under the floor panels
as most of the other shots are already posted. Unfortunately I did not get to photo
the forward storage
spaces and they had a plie of stuff in them anyhow but there is a lot of space there.
In the large space near the owners head
the space is approximately 44inches tall by approximately three??? feet wide and well over 6 feet long. I will look at this space for maybe the washer dryer ( the space designated for this in the owners head
is too good to loose to the washer dryer) and a built in additional freezer
or a work space or whatever but is a good large space.
The space behind the Anchor
chain etc locker is also large but not quite as wide. Is where the 'Skippers' cabin
goes. The two forward lockers are also quite large and in the 'Skipers Cabin' version, the Starbord locker is the 'Skipers' head. Both are good for for sails
, lines etc.
is meant to go in the space just behind the stairs on the Starboard side. There is now an option of extra water tanks
and I think these go where the water
maker goes on the Starboard side and ?? not too sure on the Port side. Anyhow on 'Hybrid' the water maker is not there and neither are the extra water tanks
but there is oddles of space under the floor boards. Water tanks can be flexible bladders so these spaces could be utilised easily.
For the Voltaic wannabees of us; there is oddles of space on the hard
binimi. Think, weight permitting, you could easily put 8 or more of the 160W BP panels
up there. Once we understand the regeneration stuff, not too sure you will want to anyhow. This boat sails
very well and with over 8 knots in rough seas with 14kts wind
, think the advertised regeneration will provide heaps of power. If we then couple with a 4KW 72VDC to 110VAC inverter
, we will have power to burn on any appliance including hot water for some time even at anchor.
'Hybrid' has the 21KVA generator
and is a must. With this in mode 5, (all power to the motors and none anywhere else), for the generator
operating modes, the whole generator power as being used by the motors at full power for about 7kts of boat speed. Think the smaller generators will really struggle.
Nick says the gallery is the exact same size as the L440 and there is now an option of a third sink same as in the L440.
Looked hard at the AC installations. Is Cruiseair and is 16BTU in the Sallon, 12BTU in the owners cabin
and 7BTU units in each of the other cabins. The duct in the owners cabin hanging space will be changed to run under the seat and come up behind the seat. Think I will stick to doing myself and does not look too hard at all.
The holding tanks are in similar positions on the L410 and L440 so I think this is probably the optomial position. I would not bother trying to change and try to utilise the abundunt space under the floor for other things such as water maker and water storage
And, yes, the great protusion in the owners cabin did hit me fair in the eye. I included a photo
of what they did on the L440 and if Lagoon
do not do similar, I will. Asked why they did not have doors on the cupboard in the owners head. Was told 'is a good question' and was because the project
manager ran out of funds and was a cost saving. For finish sake only, I will put these on. What else did they skip on????????
Hybrid had problems with its electronics
. Is just a symptom of being rushed for the shows I think. Again, I am now glad I opted to do my own. Anyone experienced with the RAYECH 6 software
All in all, I could not get enough of the boat. Also looks much better in person than the photos etc. Is taller than a L440 and I could not see too much difference in size to a L440. Nick claims that the decision on a 440 or 420 will come down to the helm
station - flybridge or cockpit
- especially as the pricing gets closer. Sooo, our risk at the start was a good guess.
I am ready!!!!! Is it here yet???
BTW, my new hull
number is 26. My boat was destined for the Miami
show and as they are now going to use Hybrid for shows for some time, we all are now back in the same que. So now the hull
numbers and dates make sense. Still think will slip some more. My guess is that will slip by another month at best. Think they still have a bunch of things to work out befor production?? Nick claims that they have sold over 90 boats world wide to date!!!! similar to the sales schedule on the 440 on start up.
Boat looks really good and cannot wait to get my hands on #26.