We are also trying to decide between the Helia 44 and the Lagoon
450. My wife and I are planning to cruise
the Med for extended periods of time. Life is too short and we do not want to waste it anymore.
We are looking for something that is comfortable for 2-6 people and easily manageable. I know I can handle a larger cat but I want something that will not be too difficult, for both of us. We believe that boats are for relaxing and I am not a racer
To give you some background on us, this will be our first sailing boat. We just started to learn how to sail. We’ve owned a powerboat for over 20 years. We've had a 30ft Chris Craft, 42ft Ocean Alexander and now a 55ft Ferretti. I am handling the 55 singlehandedly with the help of Yacht Controller (remote control, an amazing device). I have not had any accidents (yet), just the occasional Oh-Shit moments. We love powerboats but we are now looking to travel further. I know it will be a different experience and will require a LOT of learning
but I thrive on learning
new things... In addition, my wife promised to learn how to sail with me, and I am very excited about that. She gets overwhelmed by all the machinery on our boats.
We stepped on the 450 and we really liked the space and flybridge. Compared to powerboats, the flybridge is low to the water
and allows for excellent views of the surrounding areas and seas. The 450 quality is passable, compared to the Ferretti, but we have no problem with that.
We are planning to visit the FP and Lagoon
factories this year. Who can resist visiting France
... Yes, we love food
There are some areas that I would like some help comparing. There is info on the Internet
but a lot of it is not current
FP uses PVC foam core
everywhere and the Lagoon balsa wood above the water
line and solid fiberglass
below. Both have benefits and drawbacks. I am more interested in Osmosis
. I understand that both brands have had osmosis
problems in the past but how do they compare now? I assume that both manufacturers have improved their techniques to eliminate problems and bad reputation.
How is the bridgedeck clearance? Is it comparable on these two cats? Is it a problem on either one?
How do the safety equipment
compare? On my Ferretti, I have automatic fire extinguishers, extra bilge
pumps and visual/audible alarms for everything. I don’t see any of these in the 44 or 450. Is this true, and how do you deal with that on an ocean cruising boat? I like to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
That’s it for now... I am sure I will have more questions very soon...
Thank you for your input.