So just for the fun of it I tracked down PHRF rating range for some of the more popular large cats. For more see http://www.ussailing.org/wp-content/...0Handicaps.pdf
42 (2008) .... 165
38 .............. 156
42 ....... 48
Crowther 44 ........... -12
Newick Native 38 .... -3
White Explorer 44 ... -42
Personally performance is important to me, and if I were in the market would be a serious consideration. So for me the Lagoons would not be high on my list, the tradeoff of performance for load carrying and living space to me simply isn't worth it. But I don't pretend that what is important to me works for everyone.
I like to sail fast. So I own an A-Class Catamaran
that will sail circles around almost everything on this list. My wife like to sail comfortable (and we couldn't get an extra wide slip) so we also have a Beneteau
381. Different boats for different needs.
What irritates me is when you see a company like Lagoon promote their boats as performance cruisers. They simply are not. Give me a day or so to strip down a Lagoon 42 and I could take tons of equipment
off of it, if we then did a speed test sure the boat would perform well. But what that's relative to I couldn't tell you.
Lagoon took some video of their new toy in absolute lightship mode sailing with a professional crew, in high winds, and very flat water
, at the absolute ideal wnd angle, likely with current
in their favor, and hit 16kn. This simply doesn't impress me. Now had they shown shots of the interior
with all the floor boards in place, and the tanks
half full, and a generator
installed, and the rest of what the boat is specced with doing the would have been somewhat meaningful.
But I always keep in mind a Tripp 40 I used to race
on, when we got to Key West
one year we stripped almost 3,000lbs out of the boat after doing the delivery
there. If they were smart Lagoon did the same here. But it's marketing