The Leopard 43 and Lagoon 420
to me seem like two very different boats. While both produced mainly for charter
, the Leopard is geared more for performance. The Leopard 43 I sailed hit 8.5 to 9 knots pretty easy and did reasonably well in light air. I have not sailed the Lagoon 420
, but none of the other Lagoons I sailed performed this well.
There were many features that I liked about the Leopard 43 but will point out a couple negatives. As previously mentioned, the main winch is on the mast
handed sailing difficult. Also, somewhat hard to raise. Forward berths were high off the floor which I don't care for. The saloon
floor had a different elevation under the table which resulted in one twisted ankle in the group. Finally the non skid surface on the decks was way on the rough side. Nice for safety
but left an imprint in your butt. Several guest complained about this issue. I guess buy more cushions
Been on a Lagoon 420 a couple times but didn't sail them. A brilliant layout for charter
with four heads with separate showers. Owners say the boats were stable cruisers. Not real fast but respectable speeds. Not the best light air boats. Fair to say they hold lots of stuff. Go for the newer boat with diesels not electric
Overall I liked the Leopard 43. The admiral likes the layout of the Lagoon 420.