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Wanted: Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran

It seems nothing has been happening on this blog. Utter silence. In actuality, a lot has been going on. First, the a mundane exercise of eliminating “stuff” and second, putting low-ball offers on boats.

We tried to offer 50K less on one catamaran only to realize it was already under contract for 10K under asking. Quickly found another catamaran only to find out an offer was accepted yesterday. The problem is we are coming into cruising season. Hurricane season is coming to an end and people are starting to shop (and buy) boats. It’s not ideal. Frustrating to be exact. We want to start cruising asap and waiting for the absolutely perfect boat could take 6+ months. Not really realistic. So we’re looking at a variety of compromises; Model, price, year or layout.

Compromising on the boat layout doesn’t make all too much sense. If we’re going to live on this thing for many years to come, then any compromise is something we will have to live with every single day. Coming up in price might be the better answer. Mostly because you can always make more money. Some of our requirements…

1. Owner’s version. That implies three cabins. One pontoon is dedicated to the owners. One bedroom and (large) bathroom. The other pontoon is dedicated to guests with two bedrooms and one (small) bathroom.

2. A 38′ catamaran. Specifically a Lagoon 380.

3. An S2 Lagoon 380. These are the second series which have more windows and are generally updated inside.

All three of these combinations would not only make the living space more pleasant, but also hold resale value much higher. Will we find it? I really don’t know. Pickings are slim.

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Terry
October 22, 2014

Hey, I’m looking to do the same shortly… Remember, the brokers will split the commission (just like housing in Canada). So using a Buyer broker is NOT free.

Also, as you have sold a house, be careful how much information you give to your broker. Brokers talk to one another, and they can tell each other what your ‘real’ number is. They all want the sale to go through. So hold your cards in close.

Best of luck to you!

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October 22, 2014

Are you using a broker? If you don’t have one, consider getting in touch with Tommy at Sail Away Catamarans (www.sailawaycatamarans.com). Remember that it doesn’t cost you anything to use a buyers broker, and they may have leads you don’t. Tommy was invaluable when we bought our 2001 Lagoon 410.

Also don’t be afraid to compromise a bit on layout. Ours is called a “European” owners version, we have 4 berths and 3 heads, and owner’s head is quite spacious…plus then we have TONS of extra storage!

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    Ben
    October 22, 2014

    Thanks Rebecca. Interesting regarding “European” owners version. I had no idea!

    Yes, using a broker. Stephen Cockcroft. Came highly recommended.

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