I know this is an old thread so apologies......
I'm in the market for a new cat and have been touring the various boat
shows and demo days. I enjoyed a test sail of the Lucia 40 in the Solent yesterday and.....
I was impressed.
There wasn't a lot of wind
and what there was tended to be very variable, with gusts and eddies making sail trimming a pretty constant operation. She accelerated quickly in the gusts, tacked nicely through the wind
and, using the autopilot
tacking function, I was able to manage her singlehanded without fuss while the sales team chatted to my wife.
There are three winches in front of the helm
, one powered. It's a nice layout and easy to use. The port Genoa
sheet is led through as well as the mainsheet and mainsheets track lines. The starboard Genoa
sheet comes directly to the helm
. In winds up to about 14 knots I didn't have the need to use the power function on the winch
. I did, of course, just to make sure it all worked. I'd be perfectly happy sailing the boat
on my own.
The main went up easily, and I only used a winch
for the last few feet. The first reef is set up as a single
line system, the second two need to have someone at the mast
to secure the reefing cringle and then the reefing pennants can be used from the helm. The genoa furls away cleanly without needing to be winched.
She was responsive to the helm and there was good feedback at the wheel
. The motion through the chop was nice and easy and she wasn't troubled by the wake from larger power boats moving at speed. The clearance under the bridgedeck is good and she feels like she'd handle larger waves without any issues.
she performed well, again accelerating quickly when the throttles are pushed forwards. There was no hobby-horsing under power. The boat I tested had the larger 30HP engines. I'll specify these when I place the order. (Told you I was impressed! :-) ) I'll also fit folding props as there's a fair amount of vibration if the props are left to freewheel under sail and putting the engine
when sailing to stop the rotation is like pulling on the parking brake.
I thought the engine installation
was well thought out and access all round the motor
to the peripherals was good. I had to change the impeller on a 380 and it was a pretty cramped and uncomfortable experience. The same task on the Lucia would be considerably easier and a lot more comfortable. Plus - if you did happen to drop the odd nut or bolt it's easy to pick it up again. On the 380 they vanished.
At low speeds under power the wheel
becomes irrelevant. I found it best to centre it and use the engines to steer the boat. When the power comes off then the windage takes over which creates an instant steering
input that could well catch out the unwary in crowded docking
situations. It's soon corrected with a quick burst of power. Visibility of the aft port quarter from the helm isn't great but visibility forward with the genoa furled is fabulous. With the genoa unrolled it's easier to pop into the saloon
to see forward. The view from inside is great!
feels like it will work well for us, a cruising couple. There's plenty of room for "house guests". The open plan stepless access from cockpit
gives plenty of space and there's no feeling of being crowded. Stowage in the owner's hull
is good. There's plenty of room to hang clothes, shelf space for books
, a massive drawer under the bunk, and a neat little desk/dressing table. Visibility from the cabins is good. Access to the bed
is great, at least you can come at it from the side instead of shuffling along on your bottom from the end of the bunk!
The aft cabin
in the port hull
is good. Same size bed
as the owner has. Stowage is more limited though. The forward cabin
is quite a bit smaller. I think the heads are oversized in the port hull. It would be better to have a single
heads with shower
shared between both cabins and use the space to make the forward cabin a bit bigger with a wider bed and more storage
I sailed six up in a lagoon 380
last year. We chartered with a view to buying
. There's no doubt we would have been more comfortable on the Lucia and I think the performance is at least as good. The 380 was hard work just about everything had to be done on the two speed electric
winch. Accomodation was cramped in comparison. I also walked round the Lagoon
39. The layout doesn't work as well for me and it is a heavy boat in comparison. I'm going to have a look at the new 42 at the Southampton Boat Show
but it's not for me and I'll explain why.
I agree with previous posters that these boats are very different and perhaps aren't the best two to compare. My cruising area is the med. Mooring fees
are based on length * breadth plus a multiplier for having the audacity to sail a cat. That's a 23% hike in overnight fees
for the 42 compared to the Lucia. Plus it's 23% more expensive to winter ashore or keep in a Marina. Then it becomes an issue to find a yard that can lift
a boat that's 7.7 Mtrs wide.
With 94 Sq Mtrs of sail area the 42 has 50% more plain sail than the Lucia. Again, for a cruising couple that adds another dimension to the forces involved, the effort and the complexity of managing the boat. With "only" 78 Sq Mtrs of sail I found the 380 required a lot of effort to sail and the lines were under considerable load.
I agree with other comments - the Lucia is over-priced and the options are expensive. We'll fit a number of the options as self installs after purchase
. Solar panels
, additional batteries, instruments, autopilot
, and so on.
Finally - I often see other posters saying such and such a solution doesn't work, or the boat is too small, or whatever without spending time on board. I think what they mean is - In their opinion the boat wouldn't work for them in their situation. For me the Lucia is a sensible step up from my current
30ft cruising cat which is very much a "holiday" boat. We'll buy the Lucia for long term cruising in the Med following my retirement
and it will be the third boat we've owned. It works for us and our needs. YMMV.