Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran
by Claude Millot
Available soon in French Polynesia.
Let me specify first and if necessary that, at least according to me and my experience during an 8-year round he world trip via the tropics and the Sea of Cortez, French Polynesia is by far the most pleasant area, either for sailing or remaining at the anchor, I visited. There are plenty of relatively wild places while being not too far from a market, a doctor or an airport, and you can live on your own, fishing most of your food while fresh water from rain is largely sufficient.
This boat has the specificity of being "papeetised", which means that it has a French flag and is registered in French Polynesia. This allows the owner to remain “for ever” in French Polynesia, and eventually sell the boat here, without any additional taxes and administrative problems.
The boat is presently in the Tuamotu, from where you can easily sail to either the Marquesas or the Gambier if you want to be fully safe during the cyclonic season. Obviously, you can also remain there or in the Iles sous le Vent, watching the weather forecasts … and crossing your fingers. More generally, and this is what we have been doing for years now, you can haul out very safely in either the Marquesas (Nuku Hiva) or the Tuamotu (Apataki) or Tahiti or Raiatea close to Bora Bora.
The boat is very well maintained (all equipment is perfectly functioning) with, in particular, sails in very good conditions, a hydraulic auto pilot, a 25-kg Rocna anchor in addition to two other ones, numerous docking lines and fenders, GPS’s and Raymarine wind instruments, safety devices for 10 persons, a 2017 life raft for 6 persons, etc.. As for living on board, and in particular, the fridge+stove+oven were changed in 2016 and I added a new 2nd fridge, a spinnaker, a scuba tank, a dinghy engine of 2.5 CV, solar panels for a total of 530 W that I installed on a fully adjustable support with a Morning Star TS-45MPPT regulator connected to gel batteries for a total of 460 Ah, the 2x29 CV Yanmar engines having new 100 Ah batteries possibly connected to the service ones, a 2 kW converter, a rain water recovery system that, together with a ceramic filter, largely provides enough water for two persons (my wife and I are living on board 6 months/yr in total autonomy), a 3-m dinghy “Optimist-like” that I built in wood+fiberglass and equipped with oars and sails that appear very efficient for troll fishing (I also have crab baskets working efficiently in some places), etc. I leave numerous electric and manual tools, products, etc.
We bought the boat in French Polynesia after having visited there ~10 similar cats; but we would not have bought any, whatever their price, since all of them were in very poor conditions, either not well maintained or having suffered from mold. So, just be aware that good offers there are relatively rare. The boat will be visible in the Tuamotu till about September, then in Tahiti.
Asking Price: €165,000