Dear Barra and Barnakiel - first on the speed under engine
and speed in general - I checked tides beforehand and SOG from GPS
and the log was calibrated properly. I was most surprised by the performance under engine
as we were going straight into a very short lumpy steep sea in the Solent - such that she jumped a lot as can be seen at the end of the video - and such that the whole structure reverberated when she crashed down - you could feel it was very light indeed. On that subject - my L380 premium never felt like that, as my Lagoon
expert Javier Rodrigo once told me, his words came to mind in that situation, the L380 is the stiffest of all Lagoons, he used the words "it is like a rock" - and he's right, I never felt shaking or relative movement or strain when one hull
is out of the water
and the other in. I did feel that in the Open 40 which is noticeably lighter and more flexible, but it did not give me the feeling it would give problems. I slept half my youth going up and down the North Sea in the forepeak of a 28 foot mono of which the hull
next to me crashing into waves lying on one ear, each slap you could feel the gelcoat
moving and flexing, GRP is amazing stuff. L380 - never heard a squeak; L400 - constant squeaking, L450 - lots of squeaking. Bit less over time as you own it, could be a settling/gelcoat issue but this is getting far too unscientific.
Now on the point of the daggerboards - I mentioned 400kgs - that is not for just the daggerboards but for the structures that hold them, the crash boxes, the lifting equipment
, and so on. I am not a racer
type of person, but a cruiser. I vividly recall
Henk de Velde a Dutch multihull racer
capsizing a racer with boards and someone dying in that incident. I don't want boards. Plus more moving parts
, things to go wrong, keep it simple. I can't attach pdf's hereto so I can't give you the whole article by Bruno Voisard on daggerboards versus stub keels.
He does make one point which I find very interesting and which I agree with as a good feature: its stub keels/low aspect ratio keels are fixed such that they are sacrificial in the event for instance of a reef crash or other violent grounding - they can come off, and leave the main hull intact and not holed. I like that kind of built in, fit and forget redundancy and passive safety
. If only they would have a comfortable, useful flybridge ... I cannot get over how irritating it is to have 2/3rds of your vision blocked when you are used to a flybridge and scanning the horizon 360 degrees from "up top" in a nicely angled back sofa... having to get up every five minutes
to walk to the other side to see if you're not hitting something, massively annoying. Think I would get my jigsaw out and cut a hole in the bimini
and install a very comfortable chair !!