I had the chance on the weekend to have a look around the Lagoon
52 at a little boat show
here in Sydney
(Pittwater Sailing Expo) as it's the first L52 in the country. And with this thread fresh in my mind I went up and down to the helm position several times just to, well, experience it, and be as open minded as I could as I went through the sail handling and management scenarios. I was with a young couple who were on a 2 year cruise
across the Pacific & who have had some challenging sailing at times. So we sort of discussed our impressions of how it would work for blue water
Look, it's an impressive boat, and would I love to spend some quality down time chartering it in a nice tranquil area like the Whitsunday's, sipping drinks and gazing down on all and sundry from on high at the opulent helm? Absolutely!
We collectively agreed however that taking it across oceans long term would present some challenges. I'm sure people do that. But how that mainsail
would be tamed in a serious squall eludes me for now, or even how you would get to it on a (very) windy, wet, pitching boat, oh.... & in the dark?
Could any owners describe how you get to the dowsed main and how you physically contain it?