We too love our Lagoon 400S2!
My wife and I purchased L400S2 #320. I picked up the boat last Fall in Les Sables d'Olonne and delivered it to St. Martin last fall along with Grateful, our sister & nephew.The trip was simply a long, mostly stress-free, cruise
. I could go on about the food
, the experiences, the people, the in-ports, but this is about the boat….
After taking delivery
and running around for a week buying
provisions & safety equipment
we took her for a day sail on a virtually windless Sunday afternoon--ran the main and genoa
up, flew the gennaker
, fooled around with the electronics
, but mostly ate sandwiches and drank wine. That was the total extent of the shake-down cruise
. We hung out in Les Sables for a couple of days, but decided to head
out in order to beat some weather
that would have trapped us in the Bay of Biscay for too long. As Grateful said, we had to punch through the front and met headwinds up to 57 kts on the first night, ended up with a triple-reefed main (only), with the motors in gear
and low idle for steerage. The boat handled the wind
and seas much, much better than I expected. On the rest of the trip we had some +35 kts days, and I think 45 kts as we approached Mindelo (Cape Verde). Downwind boat speed was almost always over 7 kts, max speed ~14 kts surfing down a swell. We kind of pushed the boat, but apart from the washing
machine switch (now fixed) nothing flat out broke, and everything (and I mean everything--electronics, A/C, water maker, plumbing
, deck hardware
, etc.) worked exactly as designed. I can't say enough about the quality of the build. As for ergonomics, the interior
of the S2 is like stepping into a sunny studio apartment. Comfortable cockpit
, great view from inside, good ventilation (but I wish we had a hatch
over the galley), easy to use galley
, light-colored wood, enough food storage
for a longish (2-3 weeks) crossing (I will say if I had a choice I’d add more lockers and delete the desk in the “owner’s version” layout). I have to note that the boat has a very solid over all feel--we never heard or felt creaking, groaning or flexing throughout the trip, and I can’t say that about some popular 40’ production cruising cats I’ve been on.
On the plus side:
High bridge deck
clearance (little slamming)
High free board (more interior space, and I think we only took one wave on board)
& plastic cockpit
Lots of sail area
Adequate “ready” storage, plenty of “deep” storage and load carrying capacity
Bright, inviting, livable interior
Excellent visibility from inside and from the helm
Excellent overall engineering
On the minus side:
High freeboard (lots of windage)
Average (for a fixed-keel cruising cat) up wind
(we can’t go through the ICW
here in the US)
Limited storage for clothes
Expensive (but less than a custom boat)
After building thousands of boats (and hundreds of L400s) Lagoon has the process down. My wife and I had the opportunity to have a personal tour the factory at Belleville sur Vie and their production line is truly impressive. From start to finish they have optimized production, and believe it or not this factory turns out five boats (L380—still!, L39, L400, L450) per day and it includes two test tanks
where all sea water related systems (generators, engines, through hulls, heads etc.) on every boat are checked.
We (and all of our friends!) love the boat. It feels like home, and I trust her implicitly. After St. Martin we sailed her to the US and use her every weekend. We are preparing for extended cruising
, hopefully starting in about 4 years. Apart from wind & solar
, she is essentially ready to go.
To sum it up, purchasing
a production (vice one-off or semi-custom) catamaran
works for us. There is no “perfect” boat that fits everyone’s budget
and performance expectations. Every designer
and purchaser has to make compromises-that’s why there are so many different kinds of boats out there--so try not to hate on a boat simply because it does not fit your needs. Our experience with a production boat has been good, and presume other reputable builders are as good as Lagoon. I hope everyone finds a boat they love as much as we love ours.
Sorry for the long post…
By the way, I "saved" 10,000 Euros by delivering it myself--but then again my crew "volunteered" their air fare, shared expenses, and we all had to take time off from work...