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Old 22-10-2019, 10:43   #1
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Feedback requested: Lagoon 450 catamaran

Have been researching catamarans for cruising (1-2 years), then long-distance sailing (e.g. South Pacific), and the Lagoon 450 seems to be a good fit and balance of size, space, features, etc. for what we're looking for. Especially like the fly-bridge option for clear vantage point and comfortable lounging area while under sail. Realize that this means a higher boom, smaller sail area, and higher center of effort in the rig, but am ok with those trade-offs.

Two initial questions that I would like to ask for help on:

1) Any feedback (positive or negative) from fellow sailors who have owned and/or sailed on the Lagoon 450?

2) Any current L450 owners looking to sell their cat in 2020? (prefer 2013 or newer; non-charter; no previous damage; located in Caribbean, Med, or potentially consider South Pacific / SE Asia)

Appreciate the feedback and any pointers to potential boats for sale.
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Old 23-10-2019, 17:13   #2
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Have been researching catamarans for cruising (1-2 years), then long-distance sailing (e.g. South Pacific), and the Lagoon 450 seems to be a good fit and balance of size, space, features, etc. for what we're looking for. Especially like the fly-bridge option for clear vantage point and comfortable lounging area while under sail. Realize that this means a higher boom, smaller sail area, and higher center of effort in the rig, but am ok with those trade-offs.

Two initial questions that I would like to ask for help on:

1) Any feedback (positive or negative) from fellow sailors who have owned and/or sailed on the Lagoon 450?

2) Any current L450 owners looking to sell their cat in 2020? (prefer 2013 or newer; non-charter; no previous damage; located in Caribbean, Med, or potentially consider South Pacific / SE Asia)

Appreciate the feedback and any pointers to potential boats for sale.
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Old 23-10-2019, 22:25   #3
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Re: Feedback requested: Lagoon 450 catamaran

We sail since 2016 on a 450 F.

1.) We are very happy . Also in cold climates with down to 1 deg C it was never a
Problem. We would not trade it right now for another cat.

2.) We will not sell :-). We love our boat


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Old 24-10-2019, 04:30   #4
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Re: Feedback requested: Lagoon 450 catamaran

We owned a 3-cabin flybridge L450 for about 5 years. We crossed the Pacific and sailed in the S. Pacific for 3 seasons using New Zealand as a base. We never felt unsafe and we dealt with all kinds of weather. On anchor she was amazing.

Few points to keep in mind:
- The high boom and lazy bag are a pain to deal with but doable.
- Make sure you change/rotate your first and, probably, second reef lines often as they tend to break, which in turn allows the mainsail to damage the lazy bag. You can extend the line life by moving the line contact points.
- Pay attention to the side stays. They move a lot in rough weather.
- Do not let the mainsail touch the side stays/spreaders unless you like repearing the mainsail.
- Light air sails reduce motoring a lot.
- Do not overload her as the ride quality suffers.
- The saildrives are a known problem area, but you can do preventive maintenance.
- Oversize your anchor as she has a lot of windage.
- Depending on where you'll sail, a flybridge enclosure is a great add-on.
- In bad weather, it can be very loud below/inside due to bridgedeck wave slapping. This gets worse with overloading.

The Lagoon 450 has been a very successful model. We enjoyed our time on her. Great catamaran for the money!
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Old 25-10-2019, 12:46   #5
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Re: Feedback requested: Lagoon 450 catamaran

We have have a 2015 450F. Owned her since new. Love her! We have the four cabin version. It has been nice sharing the starboard side with my wife. She has one bath and I have the other. We added a hard top with enclosure and solar. We did the hard top primarily to tend to the sail. The protection of the enclosure is nice on passages. The sailing characteristics and performance has amazed me. Doesn't point great but moves fast in the highest point attainable. We go upwind at 55 to 60 deg. T and 35 to 40 deg. A at speed of 60-70% speed of the wind. We have the square top main. Good solid boat.
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