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!