Received this via email
re new Sport Top 450 and 52.
"However, some sailors of large catamarans do not find a flybridge to be ideal, especially when sailing with a small crew, and so, with them in mind, we have developed the new Lagoon
450 and Lagoon 52 Sport Top range.
With a more conventional and safe helm station,
the 450 S and 52 S afford direct communication with the crew in the cockpit
, as well as a lowered rig, which reduces pitching and makes access to the boom easier, while keeping the same sail surface."
So what are Lagoon saying is unsafe about the existing setup. I think this wording needed to be looked at. Although it is out there in Cyber Space now and once let lose it is very difficult to retract anything these days.
The only advantage I see is the access to the Boom. This could easily be fixed on the Fly Bridge models if they had a fixed Hardtop giving not only access to the boom via steps but also a place to Park the boom when not in use, to release the pressure on the topping lift
Not only could this be an Option when purchasing
, with over 400+ units in the field already I would see a demand for retro fitting to existing models as well.
As to calling the Sport Top a more conventional setup may have been true back in 2004 but with the release of the L440 (423 units sold) but this has been followed by the L450 ( must be approaching 500 units sold by now) not to mention the L500,L52,L560,L620. Now other manufacturers have also added a Fly Bridge Cats to their range.
What was unconventional and ground braking 11 years ago is fast becoming the norm. An interesting figure to see would be out of all New 40 foot Plus cats sold in the world in last 10 years how many have a fly bridges?