we have a 2008 model 420 diesel
. I don't think there's a 2009 model, although the lagoon
you might be looking at may have been sold in 2009, as was ours. I believe that the next version was the 421.
I have a friend with a 420 Hybrid and he says "best boat I ever owned!" But you have to love the hybrid concept
and generally that model was not well received.
We have the diesel
version and I would not swap it for another cat and certainly not for another Lagoon Model. In our experience it is the best model Lagoon produced when you take all factors into account.
We've had it for over 4 years full time cruising. Very comfortable boat. Sails
quite well. Handles well. Can single
hand if needed. Solid. Great accommodation (owners version). High Bimini
is great, solar panels
mounted on top. Dry boat - with clears you can sail and be out of the weather
. All lines back to the helm
. Good helm
I hear lots of criticism about the 420 from experts but NONE from owners. I figure that the hybrid got a bad write -up when it first came out and that reputation has unfortunately persisted, but it's not a good assessment.
That said, remember it's a big solid but heavy boat, with sail area to match its primary market which is charter
. In other words it won't go in 5-10kts. But put a screecher or assy on it and away you go. Loves 20 kts with the standard sails
. Will take a good wind
before you need to reef. I think I've only ever reeled about twice in 4 years.
When I looked at buying
the 420 I was warned off it as it was reputed to be a "dog". Our favorite saying as we are sailing along comfortably at a good speed is "bit of a dog this boat!!!!"
No problems maintenance
wise. Just had the standing rig inspected after about 7-8 years. Excellent. Gelcoat/fiberglass excellent. Interior
good. One or two signs of movement but that to be expected. Hull
Decks flat. Huge storage
available forward. Anchor locker
great. Better arrangement than on other lagoons because the anchor windlass
is well forward.
Short cantilevered bowsprit
(no bracing stays required) easy access for assy tack or screecher furler
If you can find a 420 don't pass it up. There aren't too many available for sale
where I come from.
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