Katsumi is a Lagoon 400 or 40’ Catamaran (or 12m for those on the metric system.) It’s the same length as the monohull we traded it in for but as a catamaran, it’s more than twice the boat. In fact, someone near and dear to me says a monohull is only half a boat!
We love so many things about our Lagoon; space, privacy, the light and luxurious fit out, and the way it responds in the water. I haven’t seen a catamaran yet that ticks all the boxes for us. That’s not to say your choice should be ours though. Your needs could be different. We looked for years for the right boat but couldn’t find what we wanted until we walked onboard the Lagoon.
This picture shows our Lagoon being lifted off the ship once it arrived from France into Sydney.
The girls each have their own cabin and share a bathroom, or ‘head’ in nautical terms! We are on the opposite side of the vessel with our cabin aft, an office in the middle and a forward facing head. All cabins have queen size beds that taper at the ends, large opening ceiling hatches, smaller opening side ones and large windows to peer out from that have a special coating on them so you can see out during the day but not in. Great for added privacy. The decks are also nice and wide and the hatches are flush so the kids can run around and there’s not much to trip on. They use the front trampolines for exercise too jumping on them like real trampolines!
There is an eating/lounging area inside and a similar size one outside as well. We’ve had about 6 adults sit comfortably around both tables and can usually squeeze in two kids as well if needed, just to give you an idea of the space. The galley has a 3 burner gas stove, a gas oven and griller and a large bar fridge with a freezer. There’s another fridge/freezer outside that we added ourselves, plus we have an 80L Waeco stowed under the seats. It has a large freezer which is a big help. We’ve also added a Baby Webber Q and a Cobb Cooker, I’ll tell you more about the Cobb later, (it’s awesome!) The skipper has installed fans in each cabin and one over the galley, two TV’s with built in DVD players, a 7L front loading washer, solar panels to run it all and most importantly air conditioning – but only at the dock.
Why not second hand?
We did look at second hand Lagoons as part of the process. However the savings we would have made would quickly have been eaten into fixing other people’s neglect. When we did the sums on a 421 vs. the 400 new, we ended up paying the same amount, but we would have been left with a ‘job’. I wanted to start enjoying our boat as soon as possible, not spend the next year or so getting a second hand boat up to speed. The added bonus for buying new was that everything came with a warranty.
If you are considering purchasing your first boat, make sure you don’t get caught up in the romance of it all. Look for what you need, you can add extras later but you can’t change much of the size and shape, so find out what your deal breakers are and just focus on those at first. They might be price, headroom, size of the engines or number of cabins, just make a list, but be prepared to edit that list as you go along.
Most of all, don’t be in a rush. We looked for a year before we bought our first monohull, we’ve been looking for years for the right catamaran. When we walked onboard though, we knew it was the right boat. You will have your ‘aha’ moment too.