From my experience with the cat, she sails
at about half the wind
speed. On a reach in about 21 knots of wind
, she reached a speed of approximately 11 knots with main and genoa
, without any reefing. I've heard they're capable of more, but that would require surfing downwind or more wind; however, over 20 knots it's recommended to reef the main. As mentioned before, I've sailed a 31 ft performance cat (more like a big beach cat) for about 15 years and I'm used to sailing in the teens and on the edge. The Lagoon
makes sailing much more enjoyable and exciting on a different level, as I'm sure you'll agree. A cruising couple I know visited her recently and were amazed at the room and amenities. I'm sure there are other comparable cats available, but no doubt, it's a fine cat. I must admit that the escape hatches
are closer to the water
line that I'd like to see, but I haven't had any problems with them. So to summarize, they are as good as they look.