So... We have a Lagoon 570, and we have had several other catamarans, including a Lagoon 52. My thoughts are...
1. Is the Lagoon 570 too much boat for two sixty year olds to handle and is it possible to single hand for 100-200 mile passages? We do just fine on the Oyster 53 and it seems like the sail area would be about the same.
- this is a fantastic sailing boat for at least two fit and capable sailors. I'm in my forties and my partner in his early sixties. Single-handing is difficult but not impossible. Some jobs really need two people, eg mainsail handling (one of you needs to hold the boat into the wind
while the other goes to the foot of the mast
the sail up. The electric
winches are fantastic and more than man enough for the job so this is not hard work but you do need two). Ditto reefing. Unfurling the genoa
is possible by yourself but that winch
is manual so you need to be strong to sheet in tight (I find this really hard). Furling
is much easier with two but not completely impossible with one as this winch is electric so as long as you are comfortable handling two lines at once, this is just about ok.
2. How difficult is it to come up to a fuel dock? It appears like it might be difficult to see the opposite corner from the helm. Does it take two or three people to dock the boat? Sometimes I need to do this alone.
- you have two helm positions - one on each quarter - so this is quite easy. Two competent people (skipper and competent, capable rope
handler) can do this in most conditions with relative ease. You have to skip about a bit to get her tied up properly but the 570 is easier (and much lighter with less windage than eg the 52 or, as someone suggested the 560 which is enormous by comparison) . Incidentally, not every port in the med can accommodate a boat this size, not least because of her width.
stern-to in the med, this is fine for two and some help from the dock boys if you don't have a cross wind
. If you do, it's really hard work for two. However, having two engines does generally make manoeuvring easier, although the whole boat is higher and will be blown about more than your Oyster.
5. Sail handling. Is it difficult for one or two people to raise the mainsail? I know most catamarans use the large sail pack on the boom. Is it difficult to unzip and raise the sail or repack the pack?
- One of you needs to be at least 6' tall and strong as otherwise some jobs are borderline impossible, eg zipping the sailbag all the way to the mast
and to the end of the boom. You can access the boom easily on the coach roof and then on top of the bimini
but reaching either end is tricky if, like me, you are only 5'6". It's not difficult to zip or unzip so long as you are tall enough.
I hope some of this helps. If your wife is keen on a powercat, I would humbly suggest she will not enjoy the 570. However, we have heard a lot of really good things about the 450 and that's definitely a boat well suited to couples sailing together and probably is quite easy to handle alone.
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