a lot has been said already, and I won't repeat it. For us the flybridge was a concern and that is one of the reasons why we bought the Lagoon
470. Yes, it is big, but when parking it the one on the wheel
is never too far from the dock
. And when it comes to reefing or packing the mainsail
, it is much easier. And (this might be a source for some dispute) we can point higher and sail faster than the 440s/450s we have met so far.
When it comes to parking, someone told me to go in stern first if things are tight. And that works very well. Whoever is at the wheel
can see the end of the boat perfectly. You bring it to within an arms length of the dock
, the other one fixes the stern line, and from there it is just gentle nudging with the outer engine
forward, the inner one in reverse, to complete the job. Have we screwed up occasionally? You bet!
During passages we are 90% in the cockpit
, where there are several places from which you have near-360 degree visibility. We never sit at the wheel unless it's because of the breeze, the view or because we are doing maneuvers.
We will head
later this year and then plan on visiting Baja
and maybe our old hometown of San Diego
. And from there it will be the South Seas...