We looked at the same boats and came to the same conclusion.
So let me suggest...
. The living quarters layout on this boat is excellent. To me it feels much larger and significantly more livable than the Lagoons you mentioned. You have to see one to appreciate the details. We were not over joyed with visibilty from the helm
The Seawind 1160
is a another great layout and very well thought through. The open layout is a refreshing change compared to the Lagoons. The social space flow between salon
is beautiful. The seating at the stern on either side of the barbee is genious. Build quality is good. Better helm
visibility by our measure.
These boats were our shortlist. Then we took a look at the Maine Cat
38. My wife was at the helm. We wanted good visibility, a helm that was integrated into the social space, a confident ride, plenty of storage
and a good galley
. The boat was running 10 knots on the ocean smooth as silk. She looked over her shoulder at me without saying a word. I know that look, we had found the boat.
The Maine Cat
38 is certainly no larger than the Lagoon 380
, but feels much less confining. There is ample storage
space and we have a full compliment of creature comforts. The build quality sets the bar very high. It sails
circles around the Lagoons.
We covered more than 2000 miles last year.
My wife absolutely loves being on this boat and is looking forward to spending another several months onboard again this season.
Cat 41s are another great sailing livaboard with room to get lost
in. Good luck finding one.