I've had the chance to step on board the 52 a few weeks ago. I didn't sail, but for interior
accomodations, here're my two cents :
1. The compression
post takes a lot of room in the center of the saloon
. Not because of it's dimensions but because of it's position. There's no way to watch TV as you can on the 560 (hung behind the kitchen counter) since the post is on the way, not that easy to grab during rough passages as a regular fiddle or handle and worst of all, because of it's position, you loose valuable real estate that can be better utilized with an additional couch or cupboard.
2. The concept
of the rigging might be innovative, but you can't expect the same results that you get from a race
boat on a cruising boat like this. Yes, the genoa is bigger (in percentage) compared to the mainsail. However, due to the height of the saloon
roof, it has to loose quite some square footage at the bottom. Plus since this is a lagoon, the boom is high, therefore the same thing applies to the main as well. As Yeloya says, windage is the main factor to keep this big boy sailing, not it's sail area!
3. Lagoon is somehow really unflexible with the cabin
layouts as well. I've asked if it's possible to order one with an owner's cabin
at one hull
and three cabins on the second one and they've rejected the idea stating that they'll not have enough room for one of the freezers. They do not accomodate the idea to put that freezer
in the owner's cabin as well. So you either get stuck up with a three cabin boat -which you can get from the 450 in a better way and price- or you get a four cabin with none of the cabins really an owner's cabin.
4. I don't know if this transparent shower
section in front of the bed
works for everyone. Let alone the fact that not everybody will have a partner that they'll want to watch taking shower
each and every time, the idea of hot steam and moisture hung in the middle of the cabin is quite nerving. That also means you can't take shower right before you go to bed
(or right after for that matter of fact) since you'll have to try to sleep in an environment
similar to the rain forest after that.
5. A secondary aft entrance to the owner's cabin would be great, like the one on 560.
Things to complain are quite a lot. But for myself, the reason behind all is simple. If you want a 3 or 4 cabin easy to handle cat, the 450 is a way better alternate than the 52 since that 7 feet does not effect the cabin space as much as it effects the general characteristics and handling of the boat. And if you're willing to go for the "floating condo" experience, the 560 is a much better alternate than the 52. Just my humble opinion of course...