We had the lucia 40 for the first time, having chartered a helia 44 before that. the boat was basically brand new, very clean and had a new rigging system on board with reefing lines. it takes a bit getting used to, but once you know what to look for, it is quite easy. but you need two people to bring the main down.
we were only 3 people on board and for that the boat was very spacious. however, if you would want to go with larger groups, like 6 or 8 people, then the forward cabins are much smaller than on the 44 and you would need to get quite cosy in there.
checkin and checkout were easy and not complicated. very friendly staff, very helpful. the marina is also very nice and well equipped.
on the two small occasions we needed help during the trip, they responded immediately and took care of the issues.
i would as well recommend the time of year for anyone, who does not appreciate the overcrowded months of july and august.
the weather was great. sun and blue skies all around. the water refreshing to swim. and only a few boats sailing in the islands. perfect vacation.
All in all, a good experience with our Lagoon 38, which we chartered for 3 weeks. A great variety of anchorages, easy sailing, good visits to beautiful coves, bays and islets, and handy facilities. We hope to come back soon.