Igor’s family and Piligrim
|15 April 2015||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Customization world|
I know how interesting it can be for catamaran owners to share technical tips and advice. By the way, there are also many who regularly write to us to explain the customizations they performed on their catamaran. This is for example the case of Igor, owner of a Lagoon 450, who speaks about his latest installation: solar panels.
Who are you?
I’m 48 years old, I come from Vladivostok in Russia, and my family and I love spending time at sea.
Why did you choose a Lagoon 450?
I was looking for a family boat to travel on. My wife and I’ve discussed this issue for a long time. To make our choice, we began by booking charter several times, we sailed around Greece, Thailand… We also have been at different boat shows. We saw many boats. And we find the catamaran concept more suitable for us. Who had a trip on a cat knows the beauty of that type of boats. We’ve investigated all well-known brands and small producers as well. All brands had some strong sales points but we choose Lagoon
because it is reliable, stylish and qualitative. We like very much how Lagoon reacts fast and implements many improvements to make boats more comfortable. We choose to buy a Lagoon 450. But now, and after using it a lot, we are thinking about moving up.
What kind of changes have you made and why?
Our boat has 3 cabins. There are 2 fridges and 1 freezer. It is great to have a freezer because we can keep there fish we’ve caught. We have good generator but it is a bit noisy. I decided to install good solar panels: 6 panels with a total power of 840W. In a way we extended the after part of the bimini to install them, and that has some advantages:
– The sun is not hidden by the main sail
– The cockpit is better protected from the sun, which is very important
– It is also better protected from the rain
The supplier I choose did an excellent job in building the stainless steel parts. But the connection of electric cables was just terrible. To be short with explanations they connected two panels only instead of six. We changed the circuits with some friends of mine and now it works perfectly. Also I had a watermaker installed here in Phuket.
What will be your next customization?
I would suggest putting some holes in the lazy bag to let rain waters get out. Otherwise it is too complicated to operate with main sail, boom and especially with longer Bimini top option which the boat has. Today a “walking bimini option” is studying by Lagoon and will be launch in the future.
There are few more not important and subjective things. Simpson Marine Thailand is always ready to serve my wishes. The company reacts quickly and they are very open to specific requests. Special thanks to Sébastien Caveriviere from DYC and Maksim Volkov from Simpson Marine.
To go further about photovoltaic panels: What is this all about? (2)