We recorded over 21kn on 3 occasions now, all surfing in large seas. Whilst we are keen not to repeat those speeds, our reluctance to do so arises entirely out of our general and enduring respect for the seas and the constant priority to avoid storms wherever possible, NOT out of any concern for the structural integrity of our vessel in those conditions.
The L440 is a cruiser, not a racing
vessel. That said, the L440 sails
well and, very importantly for us, is a truly safe 'blue water' vessel.
As for the seemingly constant barrage of criticism of Lagoons, we know of at least one other extremely experienced sailor (delivers vessels for a living with literally hundreds of thousands of sea miles on his personal log) who will vouch that Lagoons -- He delivers a lot of Lagoons -- are as close to indestructible in big seas as any vessel ever can be. We are not blind defenders of Lagoon
, far from it, but frankly there are a lot of Lagoons out there on the high seas (including ours and others here, of course) and yet blind critics of Lagoons, and other productions vessels, continue to take their cheap
Please excuse the rant, but we admit "How do we know if the boat can hold together
?" set us off a bit. Perhaps we misinterpreted that remark, but there are plenty of others of similar ilk around...