George - good post. Let's always remind ourselves that boat preference is driven by personal preference.
I agree there has been a lot of defensiveness around the 420. There are some bad reasons for this but there's been some good reasons too.
1) There's been a lot of categorical statements along the lines of "X is better than Y" rather than, like you have done, "for my needs, X is better than Y". In fact, there has been quite a bit of "Because of my backround, I can categorical state that X is better than Y" Owners are proud people - they'll defend this kind of statement. I personally wish people wouldn't make these kinds of statements because what they're really saying is "Attack me or believe me".
changed the way weights are reported. No doubt this is a heavier boat but the numbers published in mags / internet
are not normalized and look whacky. This fuels much debate.
3) The boat isn't really in service
yet. Noone is in a position yet to state actual experience independent of vendor / magazine communications
. I suspect most boats don't get this level of attention before production is figured out but this boat has - look at the numbers of subscribers on these threads. Unfortunely, this has led to much speculation which will only end once the public gives the manufacturer time to get this boat in the water
Looking back on this email
I realize it's defensive. However, from what I've learned of the Lagoon 420
owners that I have ben fortunate to meet in thie forum, we're all in it because we're excited by the concept
, we believe it's the future, we love the boat, and we recognize we're part of a trailblaze and that may bring about a knock or two. We're keen to share our experiences - when we have them.