lWeb of Lie is our Lagoon catamaran. Specifically, she's a Lagoon 42 catamaran, referred to as a Lagoon 42 TPI (not a Lagoon 420). She is the earlier version of the Lagoon 42, built in 1992 by the famed yacht yard Tillotson Pearson, Inc. She is the highly desireable owner's version of the boat, and was never in charter. This catamaran for sale is available now. It's actually for sale by owner for the time being, until it goes into a more conventional brokerage situation. Catamaran for sale by owner, just as yacht for sale by owner is becoming a more and more common thing now that we have the internet to help us find boats. In our case, we have kept the catamaran for sale by owner status because we are still cruising her in the Caribbean island region. Once we're done, our Lagoon catamaran may be taken to Florida or left in the Caribbean in the hands of a brokerage.

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Blue Dolphin was manufactured in 1993 by Tilletson Pearson Inc (TPI) in Rhode Island New York.

The boat spent its early years in the British Virgin Islands, then crossed the atlantic and was moored in Mallorca when I first found her. I had been looking to buy a 40ft catamaran and had originally decided upon a Fountaine Pajot Athena 38. I searched the web, forums and classified ads and viewed 10 different Athena cats. I must be honest, I was very disappointed by the condition of the Fountaine Pajots. Whilst many of them were only 5 years old or so, they were generally in poor condition, either internally, externally or both.

As a result of my disappointment in the search for an Athena, I started looking at other manufacturers, and also researching forums for reputations of quality and durability. It was obvious that the Fountaine Pajots had been built to a budget and had very thiun, easily damaged hulls and poor quality interiors. As part of this search, I discovered Blue Dolphin, moored in an exclusive marina in Mallorca. After discussions with the broker, I visited Blue Dolphin with a friend (Phil) who had 30 years experience in the marine industry and happened to live on the island.

My first impressions of Blue Dolphin were that it was in a very different league to the Fountaine Pajot's I had viewed previously. It was older than the FP's I had viewed, but in much better condition. In truth, it still needed some TLC, but not a complete overhaul!

After the initial viewing, Phil brought a colleague (Chad) to inspect the rigging. Before Chad even viewed the boat, he warned me that a 13 year old Lagoon would almost certainly have the same problems as all Frenc

I had a full survey conducted and a rigging survey and report. Both showed that the boat was in good condition but the survey highlighted a number of minor items requiring attention. Negotiations with the broker agreed a suitable price and in November 2004, Blue Dolphin was mine.

My Ownership

Following completion of the purchase, I took a year out of work and moved onboard in December 2004. I then spent the next 9 months touring the Med, generally based around the Balaerics, mostly sailing single handed, but with friends visiting intermittently for holidays. I found Blue Dolphin very easy to sail single handed, the self tacking jib and autopilot being essential in making everything easy.

When I bought her, Blue Dolphin was moored in an expensive marina in Palma. Costing about £1000 per month in fees, soon persuaded me to move out and go and live at anchor! I soon found a safe bay in Santa Ponsa and was living at anchor from January 2009, with only a 2 week break in a marina when I returned to the UK for some temporary work.

During my time at anchor, i found all the issues of living off the grid and worked around the boat reducing these problems where possible. I found that my cost of living was extremely low, spending 6 euros a month on water, similar for cooking gas and maybe 20 euros a month on diesel! My only real expenses were food and drink! So much cheaper than life in the marina!!

I had planned a year out to enjoy the boat and reassess my life plans, but during this time I decided to finish the year by crossing the Atlantic and sailing to the Caribbean. My previous longest trip was 200 miles single handed, so this was going to be a new challenge! I spent the summer of 2005 preparing the boat and finding crew to join me on the crossing. I left Mallorca in September 05, visited family in Spain for a few weeks, then headed off to Gibraltar, Morocco and the Canaries.

For the Atlantic crossing, there were 5 of us onboard. Graham and Patty from Canada had joined me in Spain, plus Floris and Natalie from Holland joined us in Gran Canaria. None of us had sailed the Atlantic before, but we overplanned and overprovisioned for the trip, resulting in a smooth crossing with our biggest problems being how to cook the next Dorado!

We arrived in Barbados after 3 weeks, spent a further 4 months in the Caribbean, then hauled Blue Dolphin out in Grenada, enabling me to return to the UK and work to top up the bank account!

I worked for 18 months, then returned to Blue Dolphin in November 07 and enjoyed a 6 month trip, cruising the islands again, mostly between Grenada and St Lucia. Lots of friends visited and I seemed to be collecting someone at the airport every time I dropped someone off! Almost like being a charter captain but for friends!

A further 18 months work and in December 2010, I'd saved enough to cover another trip out on the boat. This time I was planning on doing it differently! I had never been North of St Lucia, so this time I had no friends visiting, hence no schedules of where I had to be and when, but only a couple of months to see as much as possible! During the 2 months, I sailed from Grenada up to Antigua and back, stopping off for a few days on the islands, then moving on. I met a few old friends in St Lucia and made a lot of new friends in other islands. If I still own Blue Dolphin next year, my plan will be to do this more often, frequent shorter trips, instead of infrequent long ones! Either that, or sell the house, give up work and do it properly! Hmmmm, decisions decisions?

 

Enhancements

Before I purchased her, Blue Dolphin had previously been used for holidays, not for long term living aboard, so a number of "enhancements" were made during my time living onboard:

2005 - 2006

Solar Panels - Originally 2 * 70 Watt Kyocera panels were added to a frame above the Davits. These kept the batteries charged and reduced the need to run the generator to charge batteries.

House Batteries - I replaced the house batteries and increased them from 340Ah to 450Ah.

Inverter - I fitted a 2KW inverter, giving me 220V power at all times, running from the house batteries. This enables me to run the fridge and freezer 24*7, whereas they only ran previously when either the engine or generator was running.

I also fitted an Air-X wind generator. This supplemented the panels and also provided power overnight when sailing and anchored in a breeze.

2008 - 2009

A new tender! The original dinghy that came with Blue Dolphin was old, small and slow! Ok in the Med where I generally anchored near shore and in small bays, but in the Caribbean I wantred something I could go a little bit further and faster in! I purchased a Caribe dinghy with 15hp Mercury 2 stroke outboard. It exceeded expectations, flying across the bays and easily carrying 4 adults in a trip.

2 further solar panels were added in 2009, these were larger 130 Watt Kyocera panels, giving me a total of 400 Watts of power. Blue Dolphin was now fully sufficent for power without ever needing to run the generator I regularly see 20 amps in from the panels throughout much of the day, with peaks up to 30 Amps on sunny Caribbean days.

The house batteries were replaced again and upgraded to 660Ah using 6 deep cycle golf cart batteries. I must admit, being a bit of a geek, I use more power than is necessary, but with the Solar, Wind and a large bank of house batteries, I don't have to worry about charge levels as they are always good.

Watermaker - To be honest, I have 500 litres of fresh water onboard and when sailing alone, this can easily last a couple of months. However, when some guests are onboard, water can disappear somewhat more quickly! In 2009, I purchased a Katadyne Powersurvivor 40e. This is a small watermaker, producing 5-6 litres per hour, but it only takes 4 amps of power. With the power available from solar and wind, the watermaker could easily be left on all day, producing 60-70 litres in a day, more than enough to save a trip to the dock for water! The watermaker is currently onboard, but not yet connected up as I have not needed the extra water yet! All major components are onboard, but additional hose will be required.

When I bought Blue Dolphin, the bimini was already aged and detracted from the look of the boat. As a result, I rarely put it up and instead sat out in the sun or went inside the saloon for shade. In the Caribbean, shade is essential, so a new Bimini was purchased. Now, it is never taken down and I sit under the shade or go out on deck for sunshine!

At the same time as the bimini was being made, I commisioned a set of window covers. I had seen a couple of other Lagoon 42's with them and they certainly looked smart. They also help protect the boat and keep the temperature down inside the saloon on the hottest of days.

Possibly the worst looking part of Blue Dolphin was the trampolines. These were old net style trampolines and they had suffered from many years use and an incident when my windsurfer and old dinghy created a 6ft hole in the starboard tramp! They had to be replaced, so new trampolines were ordered, but only fitted on my return to the boat in 2010.

 

   

 

 

The History of Blue Dolphin