I've just joined the forum to respond to your post having had a Google
I have owned TPI Lagoon 42 "Blue Dolphin" for 6 years and have cruised the Med, crossed the Atlantic and cruised up and down the Windward Isles, completing about 15k miles onboard.
I would say that I totally agree with everything that Lucey Blue has stated, particularly about boat speed. I have folding props which added about 1.5 knots, particularly in light airs.
The L42 is a very solid boat, if anything, potentially over engineered (Heavier) compared to more modern cats! In light winds she can be slightly slower than newer lighter cats, but as soon as the wind
increases above 15 knots, she is in her element. I do not consider reefing below 20 knots and usually put 1 reef in the main if the wind
looks like hitting 25 knots. Most of the newer cats seem to reef from 15 knots upwards.
I do find the self tacking jib
a blessing as well as a pain. Upwind it is a definite blessing, allows the boat to point higher than most cats and maintain good boat speed. Downwind, the boat could clearly benefit from a larger genoa
With regard to deck clearance, I do not have the measurements of mine and am not near the boat currently, however, mine is heavily loaded, complete with a fair amount of scuba gear
and a 9kW generator
in the aft lockers. I can get under mine in a dinghy
, but only just! I have a Caribe dinghy, with 15hp Mercury
. The engine
clears the bridgedeck by a coupole of inches and I have to sit on the floor of the dinghy, almost lying on my back.
I have very rarely had the bridgedeck hit a wave, never when sailing downwind and only in extreme weather
when upwind. The L42 tends to cut through the waves with the bow, then reach a point of buoyancy that lifts the boat clear without the bridgedeck hitting. It also doesn't seem to hobby horse as much as a newer cat. This may be due to the yacht like cutting through wave part?
This is very different to the Fountaine Pajot's that I have also sailed on, which tend to ride over the water like a canoe, but suffer from significant "Hobby Horsing" and bridge slap.
I would strongly recommend the TPI Lagoon 42 as an excellent liveaboard
/ blue water boat, much stronger than newer cats, but not as spacious internally, particularly in the saloon
I hope this helps?
p.s. Lucey Blue, would you like to add mine to the list below: it is also with Web of Lies on Lagoon42.com
I also know of a couple of others and will try and dig out their details.