Since I am new to this forum and this is my first post - here is a bit of background about myself before I go ahead and ask my question. I have just moved to Dubai from Singapore
, where I spent all my free time maintaining and flying a small single engine propeller
airplane (Fly in Asia | A blog mostly about flying in Malaysia
). That was a lot of fun and I wanted to continue with this hobby here in Dubai. Unfortunately it turns out that this is something (owning and flying of mall planes) is simply not done around here. And so I turn to my other hobby, which is sailing. As with the flying, I haven't done this for a long time before I got into it again, but I am reasonably sure that I can still do it.
Anyway, I was looking around for a boat to buy and after a lot of Internet
, some actual boat viewing and a charter
, I decided that I will go with a catamaran
and use it to live aboard and sail around the region. The choice was between a completely new Lagoon
39, a one year old but rarely used 400S2 and a two years old 450. All boats will have to be shipped or ferried to Dubai.
Today, I decided that I will order a new Lagoon
39. I am still concerned about the size (a bit small and storage
space is getting low after you put in all the equipment), but I will have to operate the boat single-handed most of the time, I like the smaller main sail and this is the biggest model I can afford new.
My question is whether anybody here has ordered a Lagoon 39 and has any advice as to what I should be looking for in the options list, for example what to add my self later instead of ordering from the factory. Furthermore, I haven't signed anything yet, that is any tips or experience that could save from a costly mistake you could share would be very much appreciated (e.g. experience with Lagoon as a company, their dealership or any quality issues).
Finally, I am still looking for a slip in one of the marinas
here in Dubai and it would be fantastic if there was anybody here who could point me into the right direction.