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Old 09-02-2013, 02:32   #1
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Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

I just spent 6 weeks back in Australia for xmas etc and knew i'd be bored waiting till Feb when the air-flights become cheaper to return to our boat in Croatia.

The attached photo's show the aft helm structure i've built in aluminium to make it possible to easily back the boat into her mooring.

Visibility aft on these and similar cats is a wee bit difficult, from this docking position i can tie up whilst in total control.

Our boat has a Swing Thruster so i've added a control pad to the structure so it can be armed from there as well.

The joystick was left on the boat by Lagoon when the installed the thruster, i prefer it too the push buttons anyway so i installed it.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:06   #2
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

Great idea, very well executed.
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

Would it be better to mount it 180* so that one faced the stern when operating from it?

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Old 09-02-2013, 06:21   #4
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Would it be better to mount it 180* so that one faced the stern when operating from it?

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The view is perfect and the cleat on port is a metre away, operating throttles and gears opposite to the conventional way is asking for an error, try driving your dinghy with tiller steering using your 'other hand' i.e. right instead of left.

The position i chose is out of the normal thoroughfare and actually gives you another hand hold in a sea-way.
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

Lagoon4us,
Very nice job. Lagoon should add this idea to their new boats as an upgrade.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:23   #6
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

I have a few mods that i'll post here over the next month,:-

1) Tiltable solar panel array, around 700watt.

2) Brace for bow roller, a particular weak point on a 440.

3) Under cockpit table shoe storage.

4) Mooring/deck cleat re-inforcement.

5) Lithium bank.

All must be done over the next 10 weeks prior to setting sail for Greece/Turkey.
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

Great job! Thank you for sharing.

Not to change the topic, but how do you like the Swing Thruster? Any issues with keeping it clean from barnacles, etc?
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:31   #8
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Because it retracts using the cut-out section of hull as the base growth is of little concern, mine is an older version they now offer one with a remote....
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

I assume that sea water remains in the swing thruster cavity. Do things grow on it or in the cavity? How often do you clean it? Any other issues?

Since I am used to singlehand boats, I am looking for things to make my life easier. A bow thruster is like having one or two more crew aboard while docking.

Great pictures by the way.
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

Cheers my son took them last year when the water was warmer, when the unit is closed there's little light in there inhibiting growth to some extent.

The complete cavity is anti fouled and has it's own anode on the prop centre.

As the boat is 5 years old now i have bought new bellows and anode so will be able to report condition when slipped in 3 months or so.

I guess it's like all things when you go for a swim you amuse yourself by scraping/cleaning skin fittings, props etc so it's another task to do but by no means a biggie.

Function wise it's unreal, in Croatia the marinas are packed and more likely than not you are told to go to the most difficult slot! Just makes the boat totally manoeuvrable more so if a motor quit at the wrong time.

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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

Sounds good. I contacted the US distributor to get a cost idea.

Thank you for your input.
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Re: Some Lagoon 440 Modifications to consider.

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Would it be better to mount it 180* so that one faced the stern when operating from it?

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You can stand behind the throttles with hands behind back looking where you are headed.

This is how game boats drive back on their fish only they spread the throttels out such that they fall below each hand.

Nice work, Frank. Bet it won't be only L440 modifed that way.
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LMAO yep you get it, those surface fish were well in mind when i designed it, you would have pissed yourself laughing at my antics getting it through Emirates and Croatia Air's check in security.

I scoured Gladstone to find a sports bag long enough to accommodate it, the helm weighs 4kg so i bubble wrapped it and jammed in 26kg's of nylon seacocks, bolts, MPPT Reg, Araldite etc etc etc.

Today i run wires and retrieve existing/redundant Teleflex cables to neaten the removal of the interior helm. I had a spare deck light (LED) so incorporated it as well.
There's a drain hole in the base and the whole unit secret bolts to the seat moulding end, the glass there is 14mm thick solid!

I intend mounting the 406 EPIRB on the back of it just under the curved part, a black sunbrella canvas mitt will cover the top third with an orange velcroed flap giving urgent access to said EPIRB.

A mate epoxy painted it in off white matching the gel-coat incredibly, all up it cost me probably 250 dollars plus i need to buy 4 short Teleflex cables WHICH should give less friction to the previously positioned unit.

Quite honestly the whole thing is just logical, backing one of these up is akin to doing the same on a bus without mirrors, not easy!!!!

I appreciate your comments very much, when are you coming over this way? Cheers
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Love it, want one.

It will also shut up the know it alls that go on about the flybridge controls being too far away
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