Hello Ian and Jackie!
Congrats, Just in case Dave can't reply, I figured i'd add my .02. We just picked up a new 450s about 20 days ago from La Sables! Actually, had it shipped to Plymouth as France
was off limits to us due to Covid.
Anyway, I do have a few answers as we added the Code-0, Genset, AC and a few other items after market via Robin Marine
. We used our broker
to manage the transaction (he called it X Factory), so we bypassed the typical Lagoon delivery
process, went directly from Yacht Care Services, to Robin Marine
and aside from a bit of Fit and Finish effort, the boat is in great shape.
I added a surveyor
, he sent me lots of photo's, and only found one Cotter Pin was missing.
We have since sailed from Plymouth to Gibraltar
where we are enjoying some light fitting (mostly storage
organization, a bit of stainless work
, and for our engine
warranty/maintenance + spares) and find Gibraltar
to be fine for provisioning
but not nearly as much so as England
. I would also say that England
opposed to France
offered much better supply provisioning
To accomplished this juggling I worked with a local Chandlery
called Oceano Sports for most everything from a proper Life raft, EPIRB
, Life Jackets (DON'T PAY FOR THE LAGOON PACKAGE ITS TERRIBLE), extra water jugs, dock
lines, bumpers/fenders, pots, pans, binoculars/specs, hand held GPS
etc. This process was difficult, they replied to emails very slowly, but they did end up delivering most everything as they said they would.
I then outfitted properly in England with a van-load of supplies, I used Amazon for 75% and bought everything else locally. I think the savings was worth the trip across the Channel, but you do have to be aware that leaving any later than August/Mid-August can be rough going.
Feel free to message me any questions, I must say the boat was fantastic, handled big seas, light seas and everything in between quite well.
Best of Luck