The Lagoon 38 is a good boat
, Ive sailed thousands of miles on them.
Sail drives are just the nature of most production cats. The drives are all built by ZD, but to Yanmar
specs. Some versions of the Yanmar drives are more problematic (google "cone clutch"). The Volvo design is very reliable. Ive done nothing, but routine maintenance
to mine for 20 years now with zero issues.
is just changing the oil, which can be done without a haul out
via vaccum pump
(the Yanmars are actually better set up for this than the Volvos), changing the shaft seal
as needed (haul out required), and changing the zincs (can be done in water).
Sail drives are very expensive to repair if they fail, but they are generally very reliable.
You do need be expecially cautious about galvanic corrossion with SDs too.
"Escape" hatches. I dislike these on all boats that have them. Ive never even heard of them being used for "escape" but I have seen them swamp many boats. I especially dont like them on the L38 because the are just a sheet of tempered glass very close to the water
line. If that gets broken underway you are in deep doo doo. They are only in the aft cabin
too, so I guess only those in the aft cabin
get to "escape". This is also the part of the boat
most likely to be underwater if inverted due to the additional weight carried aft...esp on a fully loaded cruising boat. Total dumbass marketting gimmick IMO. My suggestion: fiberglass
in that big dangerous hole in the boat.
For an Atlantic crossing
on a L38 a few years ago, we made up 1/2" plywood
dead eyes for those silly escape hatches and for the big cabin side windows.