Originally Posted by Gpolar
I think lagoon 440
is what I want to buy. But I really don't know what the real price for used are. As in the Internet
all are offering price.
Any real transecting price. ?
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Yes have to say 2Wind makes some good points there. A further comment I would make to this is that it depends too on Owner version or Charter
Version and more importantly has it been a charter
cat in a charter fleet or is it a vessel owned and cared for by one owner.
It seems from many comments by people seeking out good 440's that the really good conditioned one's are now few and far between.
My take on any cat I would be looking to purchase
a. check out the condition of the boat and its structural integrity (I would want to purchase
new sails when I buy a boat anyway - would do that through Ullman sails in Cape Town
- they are very reasonably priced)
b. check out the motors / sail drives / generator
and all other mechanical
c. check out the additional features from manufacture (there is a list of extras that get ticked and added to the initial base price.
d. check out the additional equipment
and features fitted by the owner. One would be surprised how the value of this adds if you are to tick the list, shop for these features and have them installed. Also, having much of this installed means getting out to sea with less time spent doing additions.
these would include - charging
systems - battery
systems - air conditioning
transfer pumps - laundry
features - watermaking - Navigational systems such as AIS
, plotters - Deck gear
and layout for all sail types - electric
winches or manual - lighting
(led) - communications
such as SSB
and/or Iridium satellite
- safety gear
(including the life raft) - Dinghy
and outboard engine
(pull start / elec start) - awnings - anchor
type and sizes and chain length and size - and so on, and so on
e. look at the registration
particulars of the vessel and the impact on taxes
and so on - you may want to keep it registered off-shore.
f. Ask the owner if he would take you out for a weekend to 'feel the boat' - perhaps arrange a fee with him for such an event to be deducted from the sale
price if you purchase the boat or to be kept by him if you do not.
When we purchased our 440 we were not ocean going cruisers and had no concept
of what it took to get a boat ready for a life at sea. We spent an additional 2 years fitting the boat (a brand new boat) out for world cruising, and even then I was there keeping an eye on things daily.
As for Lithium batteries and so on - the pricing has come down dramatically and will continue to. Many cruising sailors we know of out here have now been using this brand quite successfully - Lithium Prismatic Batteries
One could literally write a book on this - but the point is to understand the base price for a good condition basic catamaran
and then to evaluate the real value TO YOU
in how equipped the boat is for cruising comfortably.