I figured I'd cut through some of the crap, and just call them and ask some of these questions. (I know, shocking, when I have all the experts here to weigh in
). It was quite interesting. Still, I want to represent the below not as their official position, but as my interpretation of the answers they gave me.
Prices have gone up a tad since it was first announced, the base model in now in the $730K range.
They involve the buyer in every stage of the discussion all the way through sea trials, and they are not just going to throw an inexperienced person into a hyper-fast boat with a wave and a 'good luck'. They have an amazing reputation for safety
and intend to keep it.
The pictures you are seeing are from sea trials are on their highest performance package, and they have many of the top names in sailing there. I'm sure it was empty of excess weight and not an ideal setup for cruising (not what they said, but it's the impression I got).
They offer many options, including options more suitable to cruising, including cruising daggerboards so that it won't foil out of the water
. Even the current
foil daggerboards are adjustable, so you can choose the amount you are likely to foil, from none to a lot.
If you get the cruising options and cruising daggerboards, and load it down with personal belongings, I expect you will get something somewhere between a Lagoon
and the one in pictures. (Again, that's my guess based on impressions from my chat, not a claim they made specifically -- I don't want to misrepresent anything they said). As with everything in sailing, you have to set your priorities and choose what's important to you: speed, $$, comfort, durability, safety
, quality, other? Few can afford all of them, which is most important to you? This boat looks like, from my never-been-on-it point of view, one that lets you rank speed more highly than a typical cruising catamaran
, including (but not limited to) the point where it would hard to consider it a cruising catamaran
As for safety, the sales person's comment was that the designer
is quite leery of crutches that make people more confident than they deserve to be. That statement alone is sure to be quite controversial. Their opinion seemed to be that it's better to be a good sailor than to have a false sense of safety that leads you into trouble. (See risk compensation and the Peltzman effect
So yeah, if you get it with all the highest performance features and take it out into a hurricane
and try to set a new speed record
, you'll probably get hurt or dead. If you are a good sailor and equip it properly for your expected usage and your knowledge level and your use it responsibly, it will be perfectly fine for many uses, including cruising.