More About Reliant

Most of you know I’ve talked about replacing good ole’ Sierra Wind with a cruising catamaran for a long time.  My brand of choice has been LAGOON.  Certain features, including the fly bridge concept, and the generous sized engines Lagoon chooses, reminded me of a “Sierra Wind” with two hulls.  I started looking at 440 and 450 Lagoons nearly ten years ago.  Despite the nice size of Sierra Wind compared to other 36′ sloops, a 440/450 would be more than double her total size.

Well, it took me awhile, but I’ve finally done it, and I really took the plunge on the size scale!

The Lagoon 500 is a 51′ cruising catamaran with a 28′ beam and mast standing over 80′ above the waterline.  There were a total of 151 Lagoon 500s produced at the shipyard in Bordeaux, France from 2005 to 2012.  Reliant is a 2011 model, sailed across the Atlantic when launched.

In the ‘charter’ configuration, the 500 would be a 5 cabin boat, with two additional quarter berths, one in each bow section(quarter berth is a one man bunk).  The standard owners version is a 4 cabin boat, but the configuration of Reliant is a special 3 cabin owner’s version.  Each cabin features it’s own private lavatory and shower, with one quarter berth in the port bow.

Some technical specs for those interested:

  • 2- 75hp Turbo Diesel Saildrive Engines(Yanmar)
  • 11kw 240v Generator(Onan)
  • Raymarine multi-station touch screen navigation and radar
  • All electric Sheet and Halyard winches
  • 90gph Desalinator
  • 6 man canister life raft
  • Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer, Icemaker

On Easter Sunday, April 15th, 2017, the 133 Lagoon 500 produced was rechristened the Reliant!!