2004 Lagoon 470 - $380,000 Neg.


'Family Circus' is an extraordinary boat for an extraordinary family. Having been chosen after years of research and inspections of many other boats, she proved herself to not only be the right choice for their 2 years cruise across the Pacific with their 5 children, in fact, she exceeded expectations.

Her owners had many years of sailing under their belts on a wide variety of boats before choosing the Lagoon 470 as the perfect boat for their adventure of a lifetime. They had raced, chartered, and day sailed mono-hulls and catamarans alike. Buying a multi hull for the trip was an easy decision. 'Catamarans provide a lot of living space for their length (indoor and outdoor)' they write. 'They are easy to handle with one or two people on watch, achieve crossings quickly and provide a comfortable, stable platform at anchor. In addition, a catamaran allows us enough space for visitors. Once we had decided that we wanted a catamaran, we made several shopping trips to familiarize ourselves with the various models. During our visits, we evaluated the options that we liked and disliked in catamarans (galley up vs. down, three heads or four, finish work, sailing area, design, etc.)'.

Why a Lagoon 470? (You can also read the very instructive review from Cruising World
Planning long term cruising in the sometimes difficult ocean conditions of the South Pacific, the boat had to be strong and stable enough to remain safe for everyone no matter the conditions.
The Lagoon 470 is a very large boat, with a good turn of speed in spite of her heavy built. True, she is not as fast as lighter hulls, but when the weather turns bad she can take pretty much anything in her stride in a well behaved manner.
Her design, layout and interior finish combined on the Lagoon 470 to fit the owner's expectations: 'We omitted lighter, less sturdy hulls because we were planning open-water travel. We were drawn to the wood finished interiors for their home-like feel. We liked the galley down as it stopped the kitchen chaos taking over living area.  We stayed away from flying bridges based on our previous experiences of poor sailing performance due to the higher center of effort caused by raising the boom (not to mention that they isolate the helmsperson from the rest of the crew). We looked at several catamarans with dagger boards but decided that cost in interior space was not worth the minimal gain in pointing ability. We wanted a higher bridge-deck to minimize “slapping”. Finally, we determined that dual roller fuller headsails offered a larger range of sailing angles to the wind and wind strength. The Lagoon 470 met all of our criteria. It was the smallest model made at Lagoon’s “big boat” CNB base in Bordeaux. Family Circus is hull number 44 of 51 made. At 26,000 lbs, she is not one of Lagoon’s light production cats. She is spacious compared to other 47? catamarans we looked at and has a nicely appointed interior with high-quality finishes that offer lots of comfortable living space. With four cabins, three heads, and a galley down layout with full size 12V fridge freezer, her interior space suited our family comfortably. Also, having children on board you are often the boat that the other cruisers migrate to so many times we hosted several families for dinner or playdates on board.  This particular Lagoon 470, Family Circus was well-appointed and had had a partial refit by the previous owners in 2011. She will easily do 10 knots under sail and we have seen >12kn sustained.'

'Family Circus' has such extras as a upgraded 13.5KW generator, five air conditioning units, a dive compressor and four tanks, underwater lights for night diving.  Comfort upgrades of a large, comfortable helm seat (especially appreciated on long crossings) and stainless steel rails and stairs to make diving easier rounded out the appeal of Family Circus.  The owners also added many specifically chosen items, including three more solar panels (five in total), a Silent Wind wind generator together with a smart three-phase charging system between the alternators helps with energy requirements. See “upgrades and refits” for more details.

During their two years on Family Circus, she has met all of the owners expectations and challenges, offering a comfortable, stable and sturdy home. Equally adept at drifting through the reefs of the Tuamotus under gennaker alone, as on a three thousand mile high-speed reefed run from La Cruz, Mexico to the Marquesas Islands, sailing down the west coast from San Francisco to the Santa Cruz islands where they encountered 37 knot winds, 12 foot seas, and one tuna. 'She handled all of our crossings, The Pacific Puddle Jump, Tahiti to Tonga, Tonga to Fiji and then Fiji to New Zealand with a solid, secure and stable feel even through some of the rougher weather conditions.  Family Circus handled our ten thousand sea miles well.'  

Family Circus has been truly loved and cared for so she is ready and looks forward to many more adventures and sea miles.

Below is an extract from their blog:

'Our sabbatical is drawing to a close, and it is soon time to sell our privately-owned/never chartered 2004 Lagoon 470 catamaran, Family Circus. We are a family of 8 taking 5 of our 6 children on an adventure of a lifetime across the Pacific Ocean.  We left in October 2014 from San Francisco and sailed down to Mexico, across the Pacific in 19 1/2 days to the Marquesas Islands, then to the Tuamotus, Society Islands, Tonga, Fiji and are now in New Zealand.  We are currently living on the boat and then will make our way up to Vanuatu and New Caledonia for our last bit of Island adventure before unfortunately returning to land life and getting our kids back in school. We have had an amazing life experience for the last two years but now it is time to move on.  (You can read about our adventure here) We are posting her for sale now with the goal of finding the right buyer, and the location of delivery to be determined (Australia, NZ, New Caledonia)
You can read about us and how we chose a Lagoon 470 for our adventure here. It is a decision we don’t regret. Family Circus met all of our criteria. As well as being spacious compared to other 47? catamarans, she is easily handled by one or two people, and copes with a crowd well (we have 8 of us on board in comfort). In addition, she tackles heavy weather with aplomb. Our time and experiences on Family Circus have been very special. She was part of our dream and can be part of yours too!
She is number 44 of 51 Lagoon 470 hulls made and is the smallest model manufactured at Lagoon’s “big boat” CNB yard in Bordeaux. Importantly, the Lagoon 470 is the style before the flybridge Lagoons, and has a sail plan that makes it a great sailing boat. Having three adults and 4 kids on board made it easy to stay on top of routine maintenance as well as installing upgrades.  We will be enjoying and taking care of her through July but then we will have to say goodbye to our 9th family member.'

Major upgrades and improvements by system
There have been series of upgrades and improvement made to On Delay (Previous name for Family Circus) since 2011.
1.    Her previous owners carried out extensive work in 2011, including new running rigging, new through-hulls, upgraded helm seat, new electronics, new 13.5KW generator, new dive compressor and tanks, new underwater lights, new memory foam mattresses, and more.
2.    In 2012, when we took ownership of On Delay, we made a number of additional upgrades including to the charging system, installation of new life raft, new drogue, alarm system, batteries, trampoline and more.
3.    In September 2013, we were struck by lightning in the Las Brisas anchorage in Panama City. The enforced stop while we attended to the replacement and upgrade of almost everything on the boat containing electronics also gave us the time to make a number of other repairs and upgrades while we had access to skilled workers. We repaired a leaking hull-deck joint and a number of minor leaks, rebedded all of the windows, refinished both tables with seven coats of two-part polyurethane, had all interior and exterior cushions, curtains, and table-covers replaced.  We installed our long awaited new sails… Not to mention that we installed a sophisticated lightning protection system designed by Ewen Thomas Ph.D. of Marine Lightning Systems.

Sails and rigging: New jib and mainsail made by Island Planet from Premium Challenge Marblehead Dacron.
Incorporates 26% third reef for heavy weather.    2013
    Used symmetrical spinnaker.    2013
    New aluminum spinnaker pole.    2013
    New technical (Vectran / Spectra) mainsail running rigging.    2013
    New halyard, outhaul, reefing lines, topping lift.    2013
    Roller furler completely rebuilt.    2013
    Gooseneck completely rebuilt with bushings machined and pressed into worn ovals at mast and boom. All new nylon washers.    2013
    Traveler car rebuilt with bronze bushings machined and pressed into worn ovals.    2013
    New easy-walk ocean-grade trampoline.    2013
Electrical systems: New Deka 900AH gel battery bank and emergency battery.    2012
    Magnum 3112 160A 3000W combi-charger inverter.    2012
    Upgrade of Magnum 3112 combi-charger control board allowing for more efficient charge options.    2013
    Installed Xantrex EchoCharger.    2012
    Installed Sterling alternator to battery charger controller for greater charging efficiency.    2012
    Added a fifth solar panel and upgraded solar charge controller.    2012
Plumbing: Two new Jabsco electric heads installed.    2012
    Replaced port hot water heater.    2013
    Replaced T&P valve and installed new pencil zinc on starboard water heater.    2013
Electronics: New Raymarine instruments and SeatalkNG network.    2013
    New Vesper 8000 AIS and Wi-Fi multiplexer.    2013
    New Raymarine EV2 advanced autopilot corepack and 9-axis compass.    2013
    New Bullet wi-fi antenna.    2013
    Installed custom-wired exterior microphone for VHF.    2013
    Garmin 20xx high-speed GPS + GLONASS.    2013
Hull & deck: Hull deck joint repaired.    2013
    Additional minor leaks fixed.    2013
    Salon windows removed, fiberglass reinforced, and windows re-bedded.    2013
    Ablative bottom paint applied.    2013
    New zincs installed.    2012/2013
    New teak on transoms / sugar-scoops and teak in cockpit refinished.    2012
Lightning & galvanic protection: In conjunction with Marine Lightning Protection consultant specialist Ewen Thomson Ph.D. and Andromeda Yachts PMA installed integrated: (i) Lightning protection system utilizing air-gap and Siedarc electrodes (ii) Through-hull bonding system, (iii) Surge protection on all major electronics.    2013
Cosmetic: Interior cushions reupholstered.    2013
    New exterior cushions.    2013
    Interior and exterior tables refinished.    2013
    New exterior table cover.    2013
Safety: New storm jib by EP sails.    2013
    Viking 8-person life-raft (5-years between repacking).    2012
    Jordan series drogue.    2012
    Installed remote controlled 120db "panic button" alarm.    2012
    Installed bilge alarm system.    2012
Miscellaneous: New compass.    2013
    Installed removable salon grab-rail system.    2012
    Replaced all pencil zincs on boat.    2013
    Upgraded freezer control boards for greater efficiency.    2012
    Rebuilt windlass clutch system with better-than-original bronze parts.    2012
    Rebuilt water-maker low pressure and high pressure pumps and replaced control and power board.    2013
    Magnum BBQ.    2012
    Rod holder.    

Name    Family Circus
Year    2004
Length    47ft
Height    72ft
Flag    USA
Location    Currently New Zealand
Fuel Capacity    120 gallons (in two tanks)
Water Capacity    160 gallons (in two tanks)
Length    47.5ft
Draft    4.75ft
Beam    26’ft
Mast Height Clearance    72ft
Number of Cabins    4
Number of Heads    3
Cruising Speed (motor)    7.5kn
Maximum Speed (motor)    8.5kn
Systems    33 g/h Sea-Recovery water-maker
    13.5KW Onan Generator (new 2011)
    Five air conditioning units (four cabins + salon)
    Bauer 220V Yachtsman dive compressor
    Four steel scuba tanks
    Under-water lighting (for night diving)
    Stainless steel rails on starboard sugar scoop to aid entry with gear on
Hull & Rigging    New Premium Dacron (Challenge Marblehead) Main & Genoa (2014) Just serviced in New Zealand
    New halyard and running rigging (Dynema / Spectra)
    Bottom paint - will be applied in April 2016
Safety    New storm jib
    Viking 8-man life raft (new 2012)- serviced through 2016
    Jordan series drogue & EPIRB
    Lightning mitigation system designed by Marine-Lightning
Comfort    Memory foam mattresses
    Custom professional Hard bimini with sliding viewing hatch
    Extra comfortable powerboat helm seat
    Extra comfortable trampoline- new 2013
Miscellaneous    New Raymarine electronics
    12ft tender
    Full-size Frigo fridge and freezer
    Extensive set of spares for all major systems
    Rod holder on STBD sugar scoop
    Magma BBQ
    Flex-o-fold folding props (new 2014)

'Family Circus' is ready for viewing in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand. She will be depart for New Vanuatu and New Caledonia, where she can be met for inspection, in MAY / JUNE, and can be delivered to her new owners. Should the buyers be Australian, our company will assist with the immigration and import free of charge. (NOW IN FIJI: JUNE 2016)

Disclaimer The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.