Lagoon 410 Review - Sunshine
Reviewed Aug 2016
Sunshine is boat number 7 for my wife and I. Over the years, actually a lot of years we have slowly moved up in size starting off with a Careel 18 trailer yacht through several other trailer yachts to a big move to a 38 foot centre cockpit sloop and then finally to our current boat, Sunshine
She is hull number 175 of 283 Lagoon 410’s that were built in France from 1997 to 2006. Sunshine started life as a charter boat in the Whitsundays before fate intervened with Sue and I purchasing her in 2014. A number of different layouts were offered which included an owners version with the starboard hull laid out for the exclusive use of the owner. This including a large owners berth with queen bed, separate saloon/office area with storage and a very large bathroom/head at the front of the boat. The port hull has two more double berths forward and aft with with ensuite toilet/shower to each berth. Our model being an ex charter boat has four berths, two in either hull with each having a toilet/shower. We have no need for so many loo’s on Sunshine so we removed one loo and have replaced it as a laundry with compact washing machine. Far more practical and one less loo to worry about breaking down or clogging.
There are plenty of lights in each berth as well as power outlets for when we are in the marina. We changed every single light over to LED when we first purchased the boat and its made a significant difference to the amount of power we consume of a night.
The saloon area is incredibly spacious and comfortable. The galley is located off the saloon and is very easy to work in be it at anchor or at sea. The vertical surround windows give panoramic views day and night and being vertical they keep a huge amount of direct sun out of the boat keeping it a lot cooler. A major consideration when cruising the tropics. The air flow is very good with front opening hatches in the saloon and large sliding door and window to the rear. If its one of those windless hot days the factory fans in the saloon make life quite bearable.
The storage is ridiculous. Its massive. As hard as we try we just can't fill all the storage we have. There is access to two forward areas at the bow which was only place very light gear such as buffers, spare lines, snorkelling gear and our spinnaker. In each of the forward berths there is storage under each berth which we utilise for our extended food supply, tools/spare parts and winter clothing when not in use. In the saloon there is storage galore. Under the saloon seats we store our safety gear such as life jackets etc for easy and quick access. The galley has numerous cupboards and drawers. The saloon seat nearest the sliding cockpit door is also utilised as as cupboard with access under the seats or by using the built in cupboards. There is a small closet in each berth and separate storage for shoes and other knick knacks.
The large storage areas continue in the cockpit with two large cockpit lockers and then two larger lockers forward in front of the saloon. One has the windless and anchor chain the other we store buckets mooring lines etc. Water storage is also in abundance. We have two by 440 litre tanks. The only short fall in storage is the fuel tanks. I found that 100 litres for either motor is just not sufficient so we carry an extra 80 litres of fuel in jerry cans.
There is a separate fridge and freezer located in the galley. These are HUGE by production boat standards. The fridge and freezer are each 200 litres in capacity. Currently we are in our third week of cruising since last being into port. The freezer is still half full and the fridge is still well stocked. We did undertake a upgrade to the refrigeration/freezer system at our home at Lake Macquarie which has now proven its worth time and time again in the tropics. The galley also has a Eno brand oven with two gas cookers and grill which was new when we bought the boat. I have a deal going with Sue that most cooking gets done on the BBQ mounted on the stern rail which really cuts down on the heat in the cabin and clean up at the end of a meal.
The cockpit is basically where we live while cruising during the day and evening. It is very large and has been known to accommodate several large gatherings for sundowners. Breakfast around the cockpit table is second to none with views everywhere and something always to see. It is a safe and secure location while we are doing sea passages and I have been known to sleep there for long periods off watch.
We have undertaken some modifications to turn this ex charter boat into a cruising boat such as upgrading the refrigeration, extending the width and height of the bimini, Tropical shade covers for the bimini and some all weather covers were added as well. Also added on were solar panels, AGM house batteries and upgrading to the electronics with new B and G equipment including AIS.
Having come from a mono sailing background its taken me a little while to learn the best way to sail Sunshine, having never sailed a catamaran previously. Our test sail was in 25knots of breeze gusting 30. One reef in the main and the jib out the boat performed flawlessly and left me in no doubts over the sailing ability of this boat. Most time we sail at half wind speed depending on wind angle and conditions. Sue and I are cruisers and while the sails are set for the conditions I don't fret if they are not perfect. We very comfortably sail at 8 knots in 15 knots of breeze on a broad reach. Sunshine has two 40 HP motors with SD 60 saildrives. With clean hulls and good conditions we happily motor along at 6.5 to 7 knots on one motor. Top speed with both motors, clean hull and flat seas we have seen 9 knots. We have a new main and large genoa and a “Wingaker” (cruising spinnaker) they keeps the boat sailing nicely
So far we have logged over 4000 Nautical miles since taking ownership of Sunshine cruising the east coast of Australia from Pittwater to our current location at Magnetic Island off Townsville in far north Queensland. Worst conditions so far have seen us in under 40 knots plus off Seal Rocks north of Port Stephens and large seas. Our Lagoon 410 Sunshine didn't miss a beat and handled the conditions with aplomb giving both Sue and I great confidence in the boat.
The 410 has CE rating for Bluewater cruising and would make a very capable cruising boat. One of my favourite things on our boat is the amount of handholds every where. In rough conditions we can move around the boat with a lot of secure handholds. Our intention is to take Sunshine further afield and we will be very happy and secure in the knowledge we own a boat built and designed for this type of cruising. All in all we could not be happier with our choice of boat which has now become a large part of our family where we hope to have many more happy times sailing Sunshine.