My wife and I own a 2019 Lagoon 42, Ocean Song, in the TMM charter
fleet. I think you will find the move up from a 35' catamaran
to the 42 to be fairly straightforward. The props are very widely spaced and she will literally turn in her own footprint.
Although you will have to be attentive to the added windage, I think the beam of 25'3" is what may surprise you. The 42 is a wide girl, and you must adjust when maneuvering in tight quarters. Both transom steps are easily visible from the helm
even with a full-size dinghy
in the davits
. The port bow is visible unless the helmsman is 5'6" or less. The starboard bow is difficult to see unless the helmsman is around 5'10" or taller. The helm
seat is about 6" too low for folks under 6'. We had our's raised 6" and a fold-down platform added so my wife at 5'4" can either sit or stand and see both bows from the helm.
Sail handling is very easy. With at least one electric winch
at the helm, the main is easy to hoist and the jib
deploys even more easily. She is self-tacking and will easily track through the wind
unless your boat
speed is very low and/or there is significant wave or swell against you. We sailed a Catalina 30
for many years and Ocean Song is much easier to sail. Reefing is also simple and easy. It's hard to imagine a 42 boat
that is easier to sail. "Easy" is the best way to describe sailing and sail handling on Ocean Song.
I don't know which anchor
your charter boat will have. The factory anchor
is a Delta
(55lbs I think). We upgraded to a Rocna
33 (72 lbs) and with a scope
of 5 to 1 we've had no trouble holding in winds of 30+ knots. We were anchored in sand. We tend to anchor or moor about 50/50. I can't say anchoring
is any easier or more difficult than any other catamaran
I've sailed, but all the Lagoons have the anchor coming off the crossbeam rather than under the trampoline like the Leopards, and I do think it's a better setup.
My wife and I usually handle mooring
pickups and it's the same as with any catamaran. Beam, windage, current
, etc. must all be factored in but in the BVI current
is seldom an issue. We just point her into the wind
and pick up the ball near the port hull
. Since my wife and I often do the mooring pickup on our own, our method is not to pick up at the middle of the crossbeam. We try to pick the pendant up just inboard of the port hull
at the crossbeam. That way my wife (she likes being the foredeck crew) can pull the pendant up, run a bow line from the port bow cleat through the pendant and back to the port bow cleat and tie it off tight so the pendant hangs at the crossbeam. Then she can leisurely step over, pick up the starboard bow line, run it through the pendant, tie it off loosely, then adjust the lines until we're centered on the mooring.
During maneuvering under power keep in mind the props are aft of the rudders on the Lagoon 42. So the props are not sending water
past the rudders when going forward. You have to wait a couple of seconds for steerage if depending on the wheel
. I often lock the helm with the rudders centered when motoring in close quarters. When reversing, the rush of water
will easily overcome the wheel
lock as it washes past the rudders so you have to keep the wheel centered manually. It's not hard, I keep the wheel locked and I just push my knee against a spoke. You will see and feel the wheel jerk but it's simple to keep centered. If you have folding props, remember it may take them a second or two to open up when either forward or reverse is first engaged.
If you have other questions I'm happy to try to help.