Peter, nice to make the contact.
It looks like we are going to use a bit of space on this thread as we debate the decision that we have both made.
We came to the Lagoon 400 after owning a couple of other boats and so have built up to this size. However, 25 years ago when first married, we lived on a wooden 50 foot Malahide motor
yacht and so had some experience of shifting large boats around marinas
built for 30 footers. It was a bit frightening then and that feeling resurfaces still when moving a catamaran
in a UK marina.
However, a couple of years ago my wife declared that she would only go sailing if we sailed without heeling, and this was the prompt for me to look more seriously at cats. Since we had owned a couple of Beneteaus in our time, the build quality and pricing of French production boats was our comfort zone. We have never really been able to aim any higher but have always been very comfortable with our purchases. The Lagoon 380
was a revelation because, having read all the more critical blogs about this boat, I thought that it would be motor-sailor. And it just wasn't. I guess the lesson is that it's wise to gather as much info as possible before making any purchase
but never make a final decision until you have first hand experience. What suits your best mate may not always suit you!
After 2 great years with the 380 we yearned for some missing features and I had already planned how to 'modify' the 380 to give some of them. However, when we saw the 400 it was clear that this boat answered most of our needs and Lagoon had designed this model as a boat that would appeal to people like us. Oddly, my wife and I both liked the new look of the 400. It has a kind of 'Audi A3 stunted high shoulder' look to it. The look is the designers way of getting more volume into smaller packages.
When we sail tested the 400 I had already read every report that was available and they all suggested that the boat was more sprightly than expected. We sailed in light airs and the sailing was just fine. And, in comparison to our 380, maybe a bit quicker (probably just because of the greater hull
As for detail, we have ordered ours with only the fridge. We will decide about freezers and ice machines later. We saw the new ceiling cupboards at the Paris Boat Show
and they are a significant improvement in galley storage
space. However, it's a big boat for two people so we should both be able to find room in other cupboards for anything which won't fit in the galley.
is clearly designed to keep the sun off the cockpit
in a hot climate. In the UK we will mostly make use of the bimini
roof to keep the rain out of the cockpit
. Fortunately it does both jobs well! And we do plan to have the sides installed at an early date.
As for resale, at least with a French production boat you know that there is a market and that there is a market price
for the products. We have lost money
on all our boats but nowhere near as much as one may think. Did we get value for our money
during our period of ownership
? Absolutely. Would I make the same boat buying decisions again? Yes.
As for speed ......... each to his own. But those 'slow boats' are not as slow as most believe, and they usually arrive with less broken bits.