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Old 07-10-2021, 05:32   #1
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Opinion on 2 cats: Lavezzi vs Privilege

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I am seriously thinking about an upgrade in size and my shortlist is these 2 cats, the Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 and the Privilege 37.
Size wise the Lavezzi is about 60cm longer a bit narrower (6cm): i love both boats but never saw any in real life so: how do they compare in terms of internal space? Overall quality maybe the privilege is a bit better, but seems that the Lavezzi i a faster vessel sooo......share your ideas, opinions...what would you choose and why.
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Think you have identified the main points. My primary dislike of the Privilege is that you cannot see forward from inside the bridge deck. On the other hand the build quality and more living space with the galley down and spacious nacelle cabin are big pluses. You are also correct that the FP will sail faster.

Depends what floats your particular boat.
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Old 08-10-2021, 07:10   #3
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Thanx Tupaia.
I have the same thoughts. From the other side, i have to admit that on my cat i keep the windows 80% of the time closed so probably it's something that i can live with (maybe standing it's possible to see forward).
My biggest concern is interior space and headroom.
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Any other input?
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Is the Privilege 37 the later generation with the owners cabin over the bridgedeck and the wheel mounted on the rear of the salon? If it is that generation then they are great boats. Good headroom in the hulls and certainly standing headroom in the salon for at least 6'2". Personally I'm not a fan of the earlier Jeantot with the wheel more exposed in the cockpit.
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I think the one with the exposed helm was the 39'?
I am also not so keen on the restricted visibility from the salon looking forward but otherwise a nice boat.
Always a compromise somewhere
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Is the Privilege 37 the later generation with the owners cabin over the bridgedeck and the wheel mounted on the rear of the salon? If it is that generation then they are great boats. Good headroom in the hulls and certainly standing headroom in the salon for at least 6'2". Personally I'm not a fan of the earlier Jeantot with the wheel more exposed in the cockpit.
It's the older model, the 37, not the 395. From what i read, basically the same boat.
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I think the one with the exposed helm was the 39'?
I am also not so keen on the restricted visibility from the salon looking forward but otherwise a nice boat.
Always a compromise somewhere

Probably the most annoying thing, and from the other side one of the best selling points of FP in general.
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It's the older model, the 37, not the 395. From what i read, basically the same boat.
Yes they are the same in all things that matter. When I did the ARC way back in 2002 we crossed on a 435 in 17 days. A family with young kids on a 395 came in the day after so it moved along quite nicely.

A Lavezzi is probably a bit quicker but in 5-10 years time the Privilege will probably be worth more.
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Yes they are the same in all things that matter. When I did the ARC way back in 2002 we crossed on a 435 in 17 days. A family with young kids on a 395 came in the day after so it moved along quite nicely.

A Lavezzi is probably a bit quicker but in 5-10 years time the Privilege will probably be worth more.

At the end of the day I am not so hardcore on speed; ok, better a faster boat, but all the woodwork that i like in the privilege has it's weight. About the price in future, are you referring that a FP will wear out worse and this the reason of the depreciation?

Personally i never thought that FP are fragile or badly built: they are light and this might give sometimes the feeling of fragility compared to other vessels that are very heavy.
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At the end of the day I am not so hardcore on speed; ok, better a faster boat, but all the woodwork that i like in the privilege has it's weight. About the price in future, are you referring that a FP will wear out worse and this the reason of the depreciation?


The maintenance of all that woodwork that you like will be higher, especially if you plan to sail in the tropics. UV damaged, water damaged or stained woodwork will severely depreciate it's value.
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Re: Opinion on 2 cats: Lavezzi vs Privilege

Iíve never used it, but would this Multihull Comparison website be useful?
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Iíve never used it, but would this Multihull Comparison website be useful?
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Could be useful but I think the OP is looking for more esoteric differences rather than just comparing the numbers.
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The maintenance of all that woodwork that you like will be higher, especially if you plan to sail in the tropics. UV damaged, water damaged or stained woodwork will severely depreciate it's value.
This is true, and watching many pictures of the Privilege, i saw very often these humidity spots all around, specially under the main windows seems that all of them suffer some leaks in the sealing. Indeed that is a serious reason for depreciation.
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Iíve never used it, but would this Multihull Comparison website be useful?
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Interesting, thanx. Not all the answers, but a nice panoramic view.
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