We have a Lagoon
44 powercat and have taken it from Maine
to the Bahamas
over 3 summers, including the Hudson
and a hundred miles up the Erie Canal. We shipped it through the Panama Canal
and now have it in San Francisco
Bay. We lived aboard for months at a time, and had a great time with it in the ICW
. It's radar
'tower' is about 20 feet high, so we could get under the vast majority of the ICW
bridges, although we had to wait for a few to open if they were really low. The Lagoon 43 might have a little lower 'tower' but you should check it out. As I recall
, there is a fixed bridge or two between Albany and Lake Champlain that has a low clearance, and that could be a problem. But the rest of the way is great in a power cat.
We moved to the powercat from sailboats (and more recently a monohull
Ocean Alexander), in part because we could not imagine slowing down enough to enjoy sailing for long distances. Fuel
is a problem, but at sailboat speeds we get about 3 miles to the gallon, and at our cruising speed (15 knots) we get just about a mile per gallon. There's loads of room on board, and we really enjoy the king-sized bed
in the wall to wall aft stateroom.
It's worth a good look at the available powercats!