We were effectively cat shopping
for 4 years while getting ready to go cruising with our 2 kids. Initially we were 100% sold on the FP's but over time the amount of bad stories regarding factory support, and our own observations took the shine off. After that we settled on the Leopard 46
as being the best blend of compromises regarding comfort and performance alas we had never actually been on one. Once we arrived in the US and started looking for "the boat" we immediately began viewing some L46's only to realise that wasn't the boat for us either. In the end we grudgingly had a look at a Lagoon 450 (we always said we'd never buy a Lagoon due to their ugly looks and lower performance). Shortly thereafter we bought a Lagoon 450! For us we couldn't go past the sheer space, comfort and safety
. Also our last boat was a Beneteau Oceanis
which comes out of the same factory with all the same components, we loved that boat and never had any issues since commissioning so we were quite confident that the builder
just has everything sorted. I still don't like the look of the Lagoon 450 but the performance is surprisingly good and it just feels very solid and safe which is our first priority as a family
boat. I'm a firm believer that once you've been over a boat you will immediately know if it's the right one for you.