I'm a huge fan of both boats, as well as the 560. But the comparison seems more apt with 500 vs 52. I can't speak to price
comparisons on the 52 vs the 560 that include depreciation, but I think it's safe to say the 560 is in a bit of another league. I mean, who wouldn't prefer the 560.
Anyhow, to me, I think they all represent the optimal evolution of what I'd want in a boat
right now. Sadly, it will probably some time before I can afford to own one. Hope to charter
one next season.
I've now read several reviews
of both boats and I understand most of the differences. The aft mast
position on the 52 claims to have some structural / weight saving benefit as well as allowing the main to swing out farther. I suppose that's what one reviewer meant by "more traction." Yet, if you look at the Lagoon
website one of the architects claims that "the performance should be as good as the Lagoon
500, maybe better."
It's the "maybe" that got me. Given the "improved" mast
setup and slightly different hull
design along with the weight savings from the afforded structural relocation, shouldn't it be "definitely better?"
Once again, I wish the company put out some polars.
But then as I read on about the Lagoon 500, it seems as though the bar is already pretty high. Everyone claims outstanding performance.
I'm sure I'll find out more next week in Annapolis
, but I'm guessing I might find some thing out here too.