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Old 05-02-2020, 12:36   #1
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Lagoon 470 request for information

We are dangerously close to writing a very large (for us) check for a Lagoon 470. We have an accepted offer and are in the process of scheduling inspections etc.
Are there any known weaknesses associated with this boat? Anything we should be particularly aware of when we are crawling over every square inch.

We have pretty much given up sleeping as lying awake at night worrying about everything has become a full time job. Under these circumstances do people recommend alcohol or does one go straight to crack cocaine? Just curious
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Old 05-02-2020, 12:41   #2
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Stay away from the crack,dude. Regular stuff is OK. Good luck.
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Old 05-02-2020, 13:51   #3
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Make sure to try out the heads. I found them super cramped. This may not matter to you if yours is an owner's version.
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It is an owner's version. I agree the other heads are pretty damn tight.
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Old 05-02-2020, 17:20   #5
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Nothing springs to mind particular to the 470 that does not apply to most other catamarans. I presume you are getting a survey so that at least hulls are sound and engines run at WOT to correct temp. If the rig is > 10 years you should get a professional rigging inspection and also a marine electrician inspection to at least cover the high risk areas such as hi amp wiring sections and AC system protection. These are really to avoid expensive disasters, there will be plenty of niggle factors like leaking hatches, worn out silicon, gear drive issues etc, worn trampolines and anchor chain, covers etc etc.
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Old 06-02-2020, 06:57   #6
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The survey is scheduled. I am looking for a mechanic for the engine inspection. I have not heard of an electrical inspection prior to this so I will investigate that. Thanks TinTin.
The rigging is relatively new.
Once I have finished grinding my teeth to dust I will look for a dentist.



Is it worth re-posting this to a more general forum or is the paucity of replies related to the paucity of problems?


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Old 06-02-2020, 07:42   #7
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Hello Seapig,

We did 30,000+ miles on our Lagoon 470 hull # 50 (owners version) and we loved it! The design is much more suited to open oceans than the more modern designs - you have a long bow up front and a lot of hull behind the cockpit, so we never had any wave swamp us. It was built before it became fashionable to cram a 50 foot boat into 40 feet of length, and the idea of a flybridge also never appealed to me - it just increases the pressure point of the mainsail.

The question obviously is how old and how well maintained your boat is. If you have any particular concerns just let me know.

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Old 06-02-2020, 09:44   #8
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We are dangerously close to writing a very large (for us) check for a Lagoon 470. We have an accepted offer and are in the process of scheduling inspections etc.
Are there any known weaknesses associated with this boat? Anything we should be particularly aware of when we are crawling over every square inch.

We have pretty much given up sleeping as lying awake at night worrying about everything has become a full time job. Under these circumstances do people recommend alcohol or does one go straight to crack cocaine? Just curious
thx
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Pretty sure the crack won't improve your sleeplessness. My recommendation would be a good dose of Nyquill
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:13   #9
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Oliver,
Thank you for that. It is really good to hear that it is a well designed / built boat.

We are both vertically challenged so the idea of a flybridge and a boom that is thirty feet up was just a non starter. As you say, raising the center of pressure / effort doesn't appeal either and of course one is completed segregated from life in the saloon and cockpit.
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Joelhemington,
I suspect you are right and additionally our local Walmart doesn't stock crack cocaine (yet) so Nyquill (perhaps mixed 50 /50 with good scotch) is probably the better option.
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Old 06-02-2020, 13:29   #11
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Re: Lagoon 470 request for information

I can't remember, is it balsa below the WL like the 570 ? in which case you might want a thorough moisture test. Other than a very bad surprise there, I guess everything can be repaired for a reasonable cost like on any other cat that size. I never sailed one but it used to be in my short list with a bahia46. I believe it is a very fine boat.
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Old 06-02-2020, 13:38   #12
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Have owned Moontide for 15 years and lots of miles . Can't really think of anything other than normal boat stuff. Mine is hull 3 or 4 (1998) so she has different hulls. They used the Lagoon 47 hulls up until sometime in 2000. Your hulls are beamer and probably a little shallower. At the same time they moved the props aft of the rudders. Makes it much harder to manuever if only on one engine, but other than that I don't see much difference.They did that to be able to fit a 4 cylinder engine. I can only get the 3JH engine in.


If not already so equipped, I would strongly recommend adding an electric second winch at the helm. I can now raise sails, reef and trim the jib on both tacks from the helm. Best $10k I ever spent.


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Old 06-02-2020, 13:41   #13
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Replying to rom. My 98 build has foam core. with substantial areas of solid glass. Have not found any balsa in the hulls, above or below the waterline. (Think the deck is balsa though).
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Old 07-02-2020, 04:26   #14
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Re: Lagoon 470 request for information

Yup Alcohol will do the trick, we took the plunge on a 450, same thing you lie awake making sure you made the right decision but eventually you just need to dive in and make it your own. You will have quirks and quakes but you will work through it

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Old 07-02-2020, 04:47   #15
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Gday Seapig, good luck in your purchase. I doint know if you are aware there is a Worldwide Lagoon Owners Facebook group that has a big membership. I dont know where you are located but ther is also and Australian Lagoon Owner Group (Lagooned in Oz - only for Oz and Kiwis Lagoon owners) Can I suggest you also post on the worldwide site as there is a large amount of information to be had on these sites.


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