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It took less than a decade for the world’s big charter fleets to go almost entirely multihull, and why not? For the same length and weight, they’re bigger, more comfortable, more open, and just plain better for cruising regardless of experience level.  When we saw this wholesale defection underway, it made us happy – tens of thousands of know-nothing once-a-decade charterers would learn that sailboats could go faster than the 5.7 knot top speed of a Moorings 390 shitbox, and who knows – maybe some fraction of them would be inspired to go racing once they got back to Duluth or Green Bay or Chillicothe?

One problem with our wishful thinking – the charter companies ordered overweight Fontaine-Pajot/Leopard/Lagoons by the shipload, with tiny rigs, diaper-cut sails, and no downwind sail inventory at all, ensuring that the boats are almost never used for sailing.

And this one, stuck under a Sint Maarten crane last week, looks far better than the usual.  Fortunately, there are a few companies doing real performance – check SA’s preferred one here.

April 6th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 11.42.45 AMThe US-based Lagoon 500 cruising cat One World went down off Brisbane, Australia earlier this week just 16 miles from the Aussie coast. The L500, according to documents, billed by brokers as ‘nearly unsinkable, with watertight bulkheads’, clearly is quite sinkable, and owner Wes Garner says he thinks one of the hulls cracked; this is the second Lagoon 500 that we’ve heard of going down in just four years – far too often for a modern cat of any stripe.  We’ve got feelers out to Lagoon but we’re not holding our breath, and until they address these two sinking cats, we counsel you to stay far away from Lagoons unless you intend to never leave the dock.

You can read far more about the Garners three-year voyage on their blog, here.  And here’s a local news video on the sinking, and here’s the long, nasty story of the litigation over the earlier sinking.  And the place to talk about it all?  Here in Multihull Anarchy.

UPDATE: Lagoon head honcho Yann gives us his version of events…definitely an important read if you want to get the full picture.

 

May 8th, 2014 by admin

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