Wait, have you read about the port side yet? What about the saloon and outdoor eating area? Make sure you check those out first because this is the best part and if you are going to be really impressed, I’d rather you start with those first. 🙂
Before I continue, I direct your attention to the Lagoon 400 schematic shown above. It’s pretty accurate except for some slight differences. On the Port side there is only one bathroom in that space where you see two – thank goodness. Why would you want more toilets to clean???? Also it’s not showing the outdoor table, not sure why, but it’s the same as the one inside. Those beds do taper but not as much as in the pic either, otherwise I wouldn’t fit my feet in.
When we bought our Lagoon400 we had one big choice to make straight up – whether to go for the four or the three cabin or owner’s version. The thing for us was that the only reason for ordering our new boat with four cabins instead of three would be so that guests would have a cabin and the girls could keep theirs. We soon realised that considering the accommodation needs of our guests when buying our home was not as important as getting our own comfort needs met considering we were the ones that had to live on board. In the end we decided to order the owner’s version. When we have guests on board the girls enjoy a sleepover in the port forward cabin and then the port aft cabin, equal in size to ours, becomes temporary accommodation. Baring in mind, most guests only stay a few days, it’s not that much of a compromise.
The payoff is that on our side, space and luxury abound! As stated above, our cabin is almost identical to the port aft cabin with a queen size walk around bed, single hanging locker and large under bed drawer, and plenty of storage under those mattresses where we keep luggage and cold weather gear. We added some luxury to the bed by purchasing a padded mattress topper with a cotton side for cool weather and a wool side for those cold winter nights. A mattress protector was also a necessity and whilst on the children’s side we used the waterproof protectors we brought from the house, the king size protector we had in the house wouldn’t fit our new bed so we bought a new padded protector for extra comfort. There are two mattresses on all beds, making them much easier to remove to access the storage and water tanks etc under them and you do feel the gap between them a little, but not in our bed, I am the Princess and if there were a pea, I wouldn’t feel it! We also have the slats underneath and I highly recommend the combination of all these, it’s one of the best beds I’ve slept in. The pic above is of our cabin when we first received the boat.
We don’t have a door to our cabin as the starboard side is the owner’s suite so it doesn’t really need one. There is an opening of sorts though to distinguish the cabin, but no swinging doors make for an even greater feeling of space. Step further aft from our ‘cabin’ and you enter the office space. This is a large area where much is stored. Firstly the large desk has a printer, in trays and a large basket with plenty of homeschooling books and resources. this photo was taken on delivery, you don’t want to see it now! There is room for a stool to sit on and the ones from upstairs fit perfectly but since we don’t sit there we don’t have a stool, giving me even more space for storage so I keep my washing basket, the sewing machine and a growing pile of magazines I never seem to have time to get through in that space under the desk. If you planned to work from home though, it’s as good as most home office spaces and you could set it up differently to suit your needs. I’ve never understood nor liked the owner’s version cabins where they sacrificed space for a lounge downstairs. Why would you sit there? Incidentally the newer ‘S2’ version of Lagoon’s 400 has smaller cupboard space in this area, so do compare the two if you are considering a 400 and make sure you get what you want. I’m happier with this version but you might see it differently.
Overhanging the desk are four cupboards with doors where we store more home ed resources and craft supplies. Under the desk to the right there are two cupboards we use for stationery, paperwork and so on but they are quite big so you could use them to pad out your clothing storage too if you needed it. Under the floor boards in this whole area the bilges have heaps of room for storage as well. I’ve successfully kept wine in there wrapped in towels. I haven’t nearly filled them as I simply don’t need to right now but when we go cruising I suspect I will utilise this space much better. I’ve kept a document on the computer to tell me what is stored under each hatch so we can easily find things. I must do this with the food stores, I often forget what I’ve got in there!
There is a large two door cupboard, half hanging, half with four large shelves on the outboard side that stands around 6’ tall which I have filled with my clothes and personal things mostly, you can see it in the pic above at the front of the shot on the left. I love Howard’s Storage world and have replaced all my conventional hangers with theirs that hang four things at once. They are a great space saver. I also have a shoe rack on the door to hang all my shoes and bags. No lack of wardrobe space on this boat. Of course I have way more than I ever wear and as soon as we need the space for something more important I will happily get rid of some of it, but at the moment the space is there so I see no reason to cull just yet.
Directly opposite that cupboard there was another smaller ‘linen closet’, a two door cupboard with shelving that we decided was better used to house our washing machine. My clever Skipper fashioned a space, removing the doors and shelves and put in a 7kg domestic front loader instead. We had to look around for a physically, slightly smaller machine than the standard size so it would fit and they do make them for units, you just have to shop around. The width was not the problem but the depth, it needed to be just a few inches smaller in order to not stick out so much. Of course if that doesn’t bother you then it’s not an issue, the room is there and you wouldn’t bump into it, but my OCD meant we hunted high and low until we finally found one that fit perfectly and happened to be a nice 7kg capacity as a bonus! Had we purchased a marine washing machine it would have cost a lot more, in fact the one Lagoon supplies was in the thousands of Euros and was only about 3kg taking up the same amount of space. Of course washing machines in this category only work when we have 240v power but to be honest, when we are cruising like we did recently from Port Douglas to Sydney, we didn’t have that much washing to do.
Forward of this area is the head, or at home, the bathroom. Ours is situated in the space where the forward cabin sits on the Port side so it is nice and big. It has an electric toilet and a nice size shower with a Perspex door. There are four overhead cupboards in the starboard side head similar to the Port side with mirrored doors as well making the room seem even bigger. With all that space there is plenty of room to dry yourself with the door shut if you want and the nice big window on the side and overhead hatch lets in heaps of light. If you are worried about privacy though, you needn’t. The overhead hatch has that amazing block out blind and the side window still has that speckled pattern on the outside meaning you can see out but not in. I call it my loo with a view.
The bathroom boasts a large vanity space with shelves under where I store all my iron, laundry liquid, spare loo paper and so on, you can see it in this shot. This is all hidden when the door is open and to stop it swinging madly at sea, the door attaches to a magnet on the floor, a great feature allowing us to leave the door open easily. Unfortunately the other side doesn’t have anywhere to put that magnet so if the girls forget to shut their bathroom door it does bang a bit and drives us slowly crazy. If I cared more about it we’d come up with a solution. Incidentally the shower has a floor grid made of plastic that just sits in it’s space so that the water will drain. The annoying thing we found was that as the shower filled up the grate floated! It was so annoying and you found yourself concentrating more on pumping the shower out to keep the floor in place instead of actually showering yourself. It also wasted water as you had to muck around and couldn’t concentrate. The Skipper simply sikaflexed some fishing weights to the underside of them keeping them weighted down enough that this stopped happening.
Finally there is a sliding door for privacy blocking off the whole side if you need it, we only use it if we have guests or if we want a bit of alone time. Four steps lead you back up into the saloon with a leather covered hand rail for support and safety. Oh, and hiding behind that sliding door is the same fishy window you read about on the Port side giving you your own little aquarium window if you like, right in your bedroom.
Space is not an issue on the Lagoon400. In fact you’d be hard pressed to find something comparable in other 40’ catamarans. The light wood interior and large windows add to that sense of space also. The other great thing about those weird, almost naval looking windows surrounding the saloon, while they might not seem to be all that aesthetically pleasing at first from the outside, they sure do let in loads of light and increase your vision from the inside of the vessel benefitting the owner both when under way and at anchor. You can almost drive the boat from inside if you wish. The fact that they are vertical as opposed to the more traditional slanted windows seen traditionally in catamarans means that the sun rarely shines directly in, so it stays cooler as well.
Additionally, since we’ve moved on board, we’ve made lots of little alterations to our boat to make it suit our needs. Things we’ve noticed since owning her and being able to tweak here and there are all part of making your catamaran not just a boat but a home. Talking to other owners and knowing some clever geniuses on a sewing machine has also helped a lot, you know who you are! I’ll talk about those additions and alterations in my next post.
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