Finally got her out and it was awesome!!! Our broker hired a great young captain to help bring her out for the day, so the four of us motored out of the ICW into the Atlantic. It was my first time operating twin screws so far apart, it’ll take some time getting used to but talk about maneuverability!
Even with electric winches getting that big square main sail up take some work, also the lazy jacks are quite narrow so I’ll probably be moving them off the mast to the spreaders. Once the sails were up we beared off and boy she moves great on a reach, but I suppose all catamarans do. On a close reach we were averaging about 8 knots in about 18 knots of wind. Sails are only hosted once for the first time, so it was kinda cool to know we were the first to actually sail her. After executing a few tacks and taking turns at the helm we turned back for the inlet and motored back up the ICW. The dock space we secured requires 3 bridge openings, once you time the first bridge you can make it to the others be averaging about 6.5 knots down the ICW.
Docking against pilings rather than floating docks makes me quite nervous. You have to align your fenders just right or you’ll be riding against the piling. Oh did I mention a Lagoon 400 does not have rub rail? It looks great now, I just hope my docking skills continue to improve so it continues to look good. I brought the boat in quite well with instruction from the captain and we spent about 15 minutes figuring how to secure her to the dock.
All in all a long great day, I think we smiled for the rest of the evening