"You just have to find the boat that works for you and your crew "
This to my mind is the only post on this thread that makes perfect seance.
I delivered a FP Eleuthera 60 in the 07 ARC
"last years". There were 3 or 4 Lagoon 44 and two 50's that went with us. This ARC
was much windier and many more disturbances than the average year.
Evey Lagoon made it fine, in fact one 440 beat us and we sailed fairly hard with the chute up probably 60-70% of the time. There was one fatality an accidental gybe that caused the boom to hit a man in the head
Any truly experienced sailor will tell you lowering the boom on a bridge deck
cat to "increase the safety" is just crazy. Your chance of getting hit in the head
is about 1000% greater than the cat going over.
All this being said would I own a Lagoon- NO.
I have owned several cats and now a carbon tri for 4 reasons and in this order.
2. flat sailing
3. shallow depth
( I live in the keys)
4. living space
If 4 and one were reversed then yes I would own a Lagoon the interior
is heart stopping. The Lagoon 50 felt far bigger than the FP 60. That being said I would still pick the FP 60 as its numbers show it to be a far better sailing boat. These boats excel with 20-25 on the stern quarter and that is what we had all the way across. If I was trying to go to weather
in 10 knots in this boat I think I would have cried.
In my opinion, and I think you will find most experienced sailors will agree light wind
performance is what really matters. Will it sail when monos and 90% of cats are motoring. This is far more important than will it do 20 in 25 of wind
. In open water in 25 of wind I guarantee you will not be having any fun at all over 10-14 its just too fast even DDW, you will be slamming into the waves in front of you watching your bows disappear.
If you don't mind motoring in light wind and the vast majority of your sailing is down wind than the Lagoon is a great boat.
If it were my boat I would probably give up sailing.
I have a 9.9 with less than 10 hours use on my 7 year old tri. I will sail all day in 3 knots of wind at 3 to 5 before I will start my outboard. I just don't like motoring.
All this was to say that the Lagoon is not for me. However, that does not mean the lagoon is not the right boat for you. Every post on this subject could be summarized this way.
As for safety
you carry epirb
, raft, sat phone
, portable gps
, & vhf
are far more important than the boat design.