Planet and other 420's --
That's too bad about the parental health
issue. Is Lagoon
going to make you pay for the delay? (If so, I wonder if they will do the same in return for their delays?)
, I haven't learned enough about it yet to say. Grounding plates seem to be the way to go and there are several sinterized bronze
plates that can be bolted on to the hull
, but I'm going to be attending some classes
and getting advice
on this. I understand that getting good HF transmission
is part science/part art.
, I'm intending to go with all chain. I appreciate the concern with the weight, especially since the 420's anchor locker
is more forward in the nacelle than many cats that put them further aft in the bridgedeck locker. But, since we will be in many places with coral
heads and other obstructions, I'm not willing to chance it with anything else.
For all you 420's, I got some rather disturbing news: Seems that Lagoon is definitely not planning on putting in the desk in the owner's hull that they have illustrated in their prelaunch publications. They say that a "survey" they conducted led them to conclude that owners wanted the sofa, but not the desk. (Were you surveyed? I know I wasn't.) They also say that people were impressed with the volume of storage
available. If that is true, then what would be the problem with losing a couple cubic feet of it for the desk? I know that I'm intending to liveaboard
and continue doing at least some of my professional work and was planning on having that desk, away from the general workings of the boat.
They also say that the storage
(again illustrated in their stuff) over the sofa will not be included. Well, I can always engineer
something that will work in that place, but I would rather they did it.
Another issue is access to the bimini
top. Seems that they did not consider the cabin
top and bimini
top as a place people would need to have access to. How do they expect us to cover the main sail? We're going to need to get up there, obviously. A few steps, fold down type will do nicely, in the appropriate places would help.
And, finally, I've been told they are having some delivery
date slippage. I suppose that's not surprising with a new model, and if it is a week or two, not a big deal. But, if they're talking a month, two, or maybe three, then it starts becoming a big deal. I don't know about you, but we're making travel and passaging plans based around the delivery date. Not to mention selling the house, having to have a place to live during the interim, etc. That starts to get expensive.
So, if these matters concern you, please share them here, and perhaps also with your dealer. There is considerable power in numbers, like: Base price
of a 420, now, over $400K, without options. Optioned out boat is likely to be north of $450 to $500K. Ten or twenty unhappy buyers:$4 to $5 million.