Annapolis Boat Shopping and Lagoon 420 Sail, Sat. 5/3/08


25' Tidewater Rainbow Sloop in Edgewater. I was told this would be a good beginners boat.
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Entry to V-berth
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V-berth, with head beneath. No tank though. :-(
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View forward.
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Mast and furling jib. Jib attachment and two stays were broken.
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One of the broken shrouds/stays
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Cabin. Dirty and needed cushions, but pretty dry.
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Motor well
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spinnaker pole in v-berth
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Trying to get the engine started...it wouldn't start
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New Hunter's for sale at Tidewater Marina
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This wasn't even the deepest keel I saw there...there was another that had to be 3-4' higher. Crazy!
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Downtown Annapolis
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Sailboats on display
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Catalina 309. I liked this quite a bit. $113,000
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View through the dodger
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I wish I had remembered the wide angle lens.
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Galley
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Aft cabin
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Head
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v-berth
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Salon. I liked the companionway steps. Large and easy to use.
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Ducks
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Still on the Catalina 309. I did like this boat.
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In-mast furling
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It had a nice cockpit and folding wheel.
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Hunter v-berth
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Hunter Salon. I don't recall the length on any of these other than the Catalina since I only took their brochure.
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head/shower
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Galley and salon
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Aft cabin
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Jeanneau
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Jeanneau salon
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v-berth
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Those steps were a PITA to navigate.
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Aft cabin
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Salon
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large head
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Beneteau
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I liked the seperate shower.
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Maryland Heritage Festival
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Water taxi
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Water taxi about to be t-boned by this guy.
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Pussers. Tommy made a good try at backing a 24' beam cat into a 25' hole here later that evening.
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Damn. I want to live here. Oh well, it's an hour and a half drive from my house, which isn't bad.
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Water taxi leaving
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Lagoon 420 at the dock, little did I know I'd get to sail this boat.
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Fountaine-Pajot Orana. I used to love the looks of the F-P cats but this didn't do much for me either.
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This was the F-P I'd hoped to look at but they weren't showing it.
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And THIS was the boat that I drove all the way out to Annapolis to see. No one there.
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I really wanted to see this boat as I heard great things about the Island Spirits
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I was a bit aggravated at this point so I went back to take a few pics of the Lagoon. It was not one of the boat show boats.
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It was, however, brand new and for sale by The Catamaran Co.
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I have never really been drawn to the Lagoons, and this was the first time I'd ever been close to one.
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The brokers saw me taking pictures and invited me aboard to take a look around.
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All I could say was “Wow.” Note the joystick, that's your internal helm steering station.
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The view out the cabin windows was amazing
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Nice feature of the galley is how it's open to the cockpit.
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I asked how much and the answer was 600k. They were nice and didn't throw me off when I admitted that was outside my price range.
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Ok, I wasn't in love with the cabinetry but the layout was nice.
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Owner's cabin. The only thing that's a negative here is you'd need custom sheets.
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Escape hatches
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Owner's hull.
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Owners head and shower
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Kiddie pirate cruise pulling in next to us.
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The F-P Orana. I did not go aboard but the looks of this did little for me.  The uncovered helm is a deal-breaker.
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Tommy invited me back to go along on a demo sail. Now I see why everyone raves about Lagoons. What an awesome boat.
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We were in a fairly tight spot.
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But Tommy made it look easy.
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Look at all these boats, and it's barely May!
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Raising the main
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Narnia at her mooring....there were a couple more boats in this weekend
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All lines were led to the helm. This boat could be single-handed
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I'm not 100% sure about these lines being covered. If something tangles in there (like it looks like it's about to) it might be a real drag to fix.
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Me. Very happy.
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Oh yeah. This is the life.
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Tacking.
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Dinghy davits
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Sailing lessons
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The boom was very high on this boat. I never got to ask why.
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It is nice how the galley opens into the cockpit.
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The fittings on this boat were substantial.
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Heading up the Severn River a bit
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Mainsail heading downwind.
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My plan was to combine these pics into one image but I'm too lazy to do it right now.
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The Severn Inn
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It was getting dark at this point
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Saw these blue lights in the BVI too. Alas, it was too dark for pics when we were showing off in Ego Alley and docking.
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At the end of the day I could not have been more impressed with the Lagoon.  The boat was well laid out and the fit and finish was well beyond my previous experiences on other cats.  It felt rock solid under sail, and while I did not handle it under power, it was obvious that the maneuverability was very good.  Although the Captain's skill had  more to do with that than anything.  I also was impressed that boat could be single-handed.  I have seen other boats that make that claim, but on this one I could actually see how it could be done.  And in fact, I got to see a single-handed tack performed.  

I would very much like to go see a 380 soon as I think that may be the optimal size for me.  I'm even back to considering the purchase-for-charter idea.  We'll see.

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