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by Hilding Anderson
Boat Review: Lagoon 450
16 November 2010: The new Lagoon 450 is a continuation of the recent wave of big, comfortable cruising cats.
It offers stability at anchor, tremendous visibility and space, shallow draft, and reasonable sailing performance at an attractive price.
Is this a cruiser’s perfect boat?
The day we boarded the Lagoon 450 was clear and warm, with a light breeze from the SE. We had a particular interest in the vessel since its debut in the U.S. at the 2010 Newport Boat Show. To start, the 450 keeps many of the key features which made the 440 so successful. The biggest and most noticeable is the fly bridge: a raised, nearly power-boat-style deck on top of the cabin. Roughly 15 feet above the waterline, it provides tremendous visibility around the boat, and serves as the primary cockpit. All sail, engine and systems are led here, freeing up the rest of the boat for lounging and relaxing.
The 450 also features a handful of new enhancements. For example, it has direct access to the fly bridge from the aft saloon area by a stairway. This allows the crew to stay within the protection of the cockpit, and off the outboard hulls. A slight change in the transom simplifies boarding the vessel from a dinghy tied between the two hulls. Also, a new hatch provides more airflow in the aft cockpit area, particularly appreciated during a hot afternoon in tropic climates.
In addition, Lagoon’s network of 72 worldwide dealers and its selection of major brands for all the subsystems – generators, watermakers and winches – help make maintenance and repairs easier at exotic ports.
First off, this is a big, comfortable boat. No doubt about it – it is a boat made to live aboard, and for the charter trade. Heavily constructed, conservatively rigged, it has enough space to please a family or a large group of friends. Essentially, it is a traveling apartment, particularly in the three-cabin model. In this configuration, one hull has a large shower area, office / desk, and then sleep quarters, while the other hull has the standard two-cabin configuration.
In fact, the boat itself has at least four or five distinct living areas: the fly bridge and cushions, the forward deck (on the benches just forward of the saloon), the foredeck (netting and on the seats on the bow), the aft cockpit, the galley area / nav station, and then inside each hull if you really want some privacy. Bottom line: there is an almost ridiculous amount of space. In fact, we heard about long passages where you would scarcely see someone else – even with a crew of 6 or more people.
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