We went to the Miami boat show
with full intentions to buy either a Lagoon
42 or a Helia 44. For us they were both quite disappointing for various reasons. To our surprise we ended up buying
a R&C Leopard
44. 😄👏👍. We take possession June 15. The build quality seemed far superior to us than the other two we were considering. A lot of things that were options or aftermarket add-ons on the Lagoon
& FP were standard on the leopard
. Simple things like fuel
transfer pumps, secondary high water bilge
alarms, everything being labeled in the bilges , simple well thought out system to lower and loosen your jack lines, Electric
winches at the dingy hoist system etc. etc.
When considering that most time is spent at anchor
, the Leopard has great outdoor spaces in the forward and aft cockpits as well as a great salon
. Seems like they concentrated on the central socializing spaces. Yes the state rooms are a little bit smaller but that's not where you spend most of your time. Plus the narrower hulls should increase performance somewhat.
As an aside the Lagoon 42 and Helia 44 both have laminate and some wood in the shower
spaces and heads which were obviously going to get wet. This is just a problem waiting to happen. This was not the case in the leopard. The galley
in the lagoon was just not very functional. The refrigeration
was subpar and little things like a bathroom size waste can in the galley were irritating. The compression
post in the middle also broke up the flow of the space. On the Helia , there was broken hardware
and hinges on the show boat. The laminate going down the starboard hull
was also starting to peel and wear. This was a new boat and the only wear and tear was at the boat show
. This tells you something about the build quality. There were other things but I won't go on and on.
Other than that both the lagoon 42 and the Helia 44 are fantastic designs but just not for us.
Anyhow we are ecstatic with our decision and can't wait to get out there.
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