We get really good speeds and some really close upwind angles out of ours - we are kitted and rigged like a house ... 6Kg wahshing / dryer machine, 900 litre water tanks
always full (yes bows look lower in the water but she climbs upwind nicer that way) ... water makers, 5 x solar panels
, dive compressor
, Dive tanks and weight belts and everything we need to live onboard as we cruise
the world. Sure an Outremer
is more of a performer ... my cousin has the rights to sell them in Florida
and I met the owner at his house ... very good people, but the Outremer has a different purpose to the lagoon 440
. Perhaps our 440 is well balanced (?) - we had 21 knots out of her crossing the Atlantic from Cape Town
and did the crossing in 21 days - Cape Town
to Fortaleza (see specifics on our blog if it interests you).
We sail her downwind with two genoas (it flies) - modified the mainsail
(not to squarehead but somewhere in between) for more efficient power - Quantum sails in Cape Town did the calculation for me. Today we sailed from Salt
Whistle Bay to Willilabou - left at 8:00am and had lunch at anchor
in Willlilabou at 13:45pm - upwind !
Last week we sailed her up from Tyrrel Bay to Salt
whistle - 30 degrees - some guys cant believe it when they are on board... full water tanks, bow lower in the water, easy tension in the sails, genoa
track all the way to the front
(met some guys who beat with the track positioned aft ... it kills the speed) ...
For a 'cruising cat' ... we find the boat amazing and exhilirating ... quite some statement for a couple who had a Catana
471 (dont you think?)