Sail this Lagoon Bareboat Catamaran yourself
We had the opportunity to check out this Lagoon Bareboat sailing yacht in August 2019 in the British Virgin Islands.
Navigare Yachting Base Review
Located at Village Cay Marina & Hotel in Roadtown Tortola, I found the base convenient and for the most part, the staff friendly and accommodating. The yacht was clean and ready for us and true to her word; it was prepared for us earlier then contracted when we asked if it could be.
We stayed at Village Cay Marina both in the Villas and the rooms beforehand, and it worked out very well.
I like the “All-Inclusive Pack and Peace of Mind” Guarantee. You are not taking bits and pieces of money out of your pocket at the base. Except for fuel used!
I liked the extras on board. IE: there were already noodles for floating, and they had a full complement of fins and masks, although we had to make sure that they fit everyone before leaving.
We had a group of 12 onboard, which consisted of 9 guests and three crew members. We chartered this yacht as a bareboat, and added amenities onboard such as SCUBA tanks and Dive Gear, fishing rods and water toys.
The two aft cabins on either side, are spacious and each has a head (washroom) inside that is accessed from inside the cabin with a separate dry shower.
The two fore cabins on either side, are equally as spacious with an access door to the dry head and shower. There is another door in the hallway to access the washroom in the hall.
The two interior cabins in the hallways and the forepeaks share these heads.
The two interior cabins are NOT equal to the other cabins. They have no outside hatch, they do have a sliding window that you can slide open to the salon and the bed “slides” to give a bit more floor room, but I feel they are much better for a single or a petite couple, not at all for a larger couple.
All these cabins have air conditioning, the two forepeak cabins, otherwise known as coffin berths that you enter from the front decks) which we had made up, are very hot. The fans are useless.
The salon is very comfortable for sitting on the decent-sized couch and watching the world go by!
With the multitude of windows around the yacht, you have a great view everywhere you look. We had the generator running the entire time, so it was a favorite spot to hang out.
Many large windows can make it very hot, especially in the summer in the Caribbean.
When you enter the galley from the cockpit, you have a split kitchen on either side, which can be awkward at times with people trying to get to their cabins or into the salon.
Directly when you come in separating the galley and the salon is a bar and table that allows you to store items.
There is plenty of storage space in the floors. You can adequately provision the dry goods for a week, and also we ALMOST made it on freezer space. We had most meals onboard. The freezer kept ice cream well!
To the right, you have a large countertop which we found perfect for laying out meals on. We also had two drawer fridges and a freezer. To the left were the sinks, stovetop, microwave, toaster, and much-appreciated blender. There was an additional fridge down the port hull, and additionally an ice maker in the cockpit.
Ace of Spades also boasted a considerable cooler for drinks in the cockpit that had stickers that it kept things cold for seven days!!! DON’T believe it! You will get ice every day or two for it. You will not keep up with filling it on the ice maker, but the ice maker worked well for rock drinks.
This Lagoon 500 catamaran is reasonably well equipped with everything electric on the sailing side. One person could smoothly sail it by themselves. It came with 150′ of anchor chain, and we anchored every night with no problems.
The one area where we had to manage was our electricity usage on the generator. The yacht would not run all six air conditioners in the bedrooms and the 2 in the salon at the same time. Don’t even think about adding a microwave or ice maker onto that.
It took us a night or two to sort it out, including having to clean out all the intake hoses for water. Luckily we had a Marine Engineer onboard, so we needed no service calls. He found the staff very willing and tried to the best of their ability.
Fuel used over two weeks was $635
We had the internet onboard. We swear it never worked, but we made it through all the data so obviously it did.
Overall impression of This 500 Lagoon Bareboat
We liked it with a couple of cautions. We were surprised for a 2019 model with the amount of wear on some of the cheap veneers throughout the boat, but on reflection, it makes sense.
When the yacht is phased out of charter, are easily replaced for the owner.
These yachts should ALL have a watermaker onboard. Wonderful to have so many showers, but with the limited amount of freshwater the boats carried, you had to stop every two days maximum for water even with trying to keep people down to a rinse a day.