The 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.