Read our customer testimonials to learn about real experiences with our boats and dealing with the TMG Team. Whether they have taken European pickup or are cruising Australia these real stories are set to inspire your next adventure.
“The handover with TMG went without a hitch. We had a very warm welcome and nice introduction to a jet-lagged John Cowpe. Thereafter, John Gamlin spent time aboard answering questions and helping to ensure the sail rigging was accurate and in good shape. Overall, we were extremely pleased with the handover from TMG.” – Shannon and Paul.
“Jenny and I have to thank everyone, during our elongated gestation period, for not only your exceptional support but also your friendship. So a big thank you to TMG for delivering on all their undertakings.”
Buying a catamaran and deciding to wrap up your life on land to sail the world is a life-changing decision, one made a little harder when caught up amongst the pandemic and uncertainty it caused.
So we turned to new Lagoon owners Ian and Jackie who put together an incredible story to give you the reality of what this experience was really like for them.
Pierre Skinner, an Aussie Lagoon owner answers what his favourite thing about his boat is and what he would say to anyone who is thinking about buying a catamaran.
This liveaboard Lagoon Catamaran owner from Denmark loved Australia so much that he wanted to share his world trip sailing stories with us.
Kerry and Bryn Wellington own a Lagoon 450, Nautilus and have been sailing the East Coast of Australia onboard over the last few years. They love the volume of their catamaran and the ability to store all their toys including kitesurfing, diving and paddleboarding gear.
Lagoon 40 owners Caroline and Sven are currently sailing the world after recently picking up Kwilena in France, “We had no idea that we would like living onboard full-time this much. For now home really is where our anchor drops and we cannot imagine going back to a normal life. We are definitely infected with the travel bug.”
Matt and Lanaia Donkin own a 40ft Lagoon, Espresso and liveaboard in Australia. This Canadian couple has loved their on-water adventure of the East Coast, especially their annual trips to the Whitsundays for the Lagoon Escapade. The Donkins discuss why they love their Lagoon including performance, comfort, stability and space.
“We highly recommend TMG. Rowan at TMG was responsive, professional and patient at every turn during this process, from selection of boat options (Lagoon 450S) prior to purchase, all the way through handover of the boat in France.” Karen, Lagoon 450S.
“Through our travels, we’ve met other Lagoon 42 owners who bought their boat through other brokers (overseas)… You don’t know how good you’ve got it until you meet someone who got much less. A big thank you! Everything we wanted on the boat was delivered. Everything works & we were shown how it works. Any failures are ours due lack of familiarity or faulty memory.” – Liz and Rob – Lagoon 42, Bilby
Fourth time Lagoon owner John Pruim has just become the first Lagoon 50 owner in Australia!!! “Lagoon allows you to go from a to b safely, easily and reliably. There is a sense of comfort and space, perfect for being a house on the water…” Says John. “The team at The Multihull Group will work with you to ensure you get just the set up you desire…” – John Pruim – Lagoon 50, Themis
“”Lagoons are boldly angular in shape, and we thought that was fantastic. It creates that space inside and looks great on the outside. And the sailing performance for a production catamaran … is very very good.
When we arrived in Les Sables-d’Olonne John had this rockstar entrance… surreal does not even begin to describe how it felt.”
” – Aaron and Lara Jones – Lagoon 42, Sabella
“A big tick to TMG… They’ve been fantastic with their support, if we’ve had any issues we get in touch with them and they go out of their way to help us so they’ve made buying this boat in Europe such a pleasant experience and yeah, I’ll give them a 10 out of 10, it’s been great… If you’re going to buy a Lagoon buy it from TMG.
” – Liz and Rob – Lagoon 42, Bilby
“It’s very very easy, so much space, we just had 4 couples for 5 days, it was very chilled out and relaxed.
The flybridge is such a big beautiful place with a view, its elevated and we put permanent clears around ours so you can use it anytime, day or night, windy or raining, it doesn’t matter. You can sit up there have lunch, have dinner. We call it the first class lounge, you can’t go wrong.” – Anthony and Seryn Ryan – Lagoon 630MY, Antics
These Lagoon 40 owners recently took delivery, “We decided to stick to our schedule and pick up our Lagoon 40 in Les Sables-d’Olonne in early March despite the uncertainty surrounding the current worldwide pandemic and the lockdown in France (curfew in France is 7 pm).”
The incredible story of a young family that left Cape Town, South Africa to sail the world… It has been the biggest adventure of our lives. We say it is a “bucket list adventure being checked off one experience at a time”.
“I couldn’t fault the TMG network and what we were able to do and how everyone was easy to get on with. The actual handover period… was fantastic. We sat on the boat for the first day and went through everything. It was a great learning experience, and then out sailing the next day. Making sure everything worked properly. It was a fantastic thing to do and I can’t speak highly enough about that actual process.” Paul Brown – Lagoon 42
“So excited to have finally taken delivery of our Lagoon 46 in Manly, Queensland yesterday. Rowan McMahon from TMG took us on a windy delivery trip up from the Gold Coast yesterday with lots of smiles onboard. Very happy with our clears, solar arch, Weber BBQ platform and tender setup. We can’t thank TMG enough for their support in getting Arena ready for our family sailing adventures.” – Dean Robertson, Lagoon 46 Owner.
“We love our Lagoon, we’ve been out in some pretty tough conditions and it’s always brought us home safe, it’s fantastic under sail and great at anchor so we absolutely love our boat.
Our favourite thing about our boat is the places it can take us, we get to see a lot of the east coast that most people can only imagine to see and to be able to access it with a boat it’s just fantastic.” – Matt Doncan – Lagoon 400S2, Espresso
“Greg and Sue Harding created and monitor the Lagooned in Oz Facebook Community and are vital and enthusiastic Lagoon owners.
The pair have owned numerous Lagoons and love their current Lagoon 440. – Greg and Sue Harding” – Lagoon 440, Blue Pointer
There is more enjoyment in a sailboat in that the enjoyment is in the journey as much as it’s in the destination. That to me makes it a totally different experience.
The advantage of a flybridge to me is the fact you are that much higher off the surface of the water, you can get better vision all around, a greater sense of being on-top of the whole thing and I do enjoy being out in the sun most of the time.” – Jeff D’Albora – Lagoon 52F, Infinity II
Mark Rolle envisioned a life on the sea and when the opportunity presented itself he didn’t hold back.
After working hard for years Mark sold his business and decided that there was more to life than work. He always thought of owning a boat, he had always loved the ocean and when the opportunity presented itself he took it.
Two Lagoon owners from opposite sides of the world in isolation onboard their Lagoon. While Greg and Sue make jokes about their state during lockdown in Queensland Australia Mick and Poppy try to stay healthy with fun and innovative activities onboard including Tour De Trim and Wimbledon on Water in Malta.
Theo Kuiters shares his incredible adventures onboard his Lagoon 380 and how he made owning his dream boat a reality.
“You can do anything you want in life as long as you help other people get what they want”, says Theo.
It’s really the quality, that it’s the best. When I went to look at the factory, every tool had a place and they had a very specific system. And everyone was clearly trained and they seemed to take such pride in what they were doing.
Liz states, “A big tick to TMG… they’ve been fantastic with their support, if we’ve had any issues we get in touch with them and they go out of their way to help us so they’ve made buying this boat in Europe such a pleasant experience and yeah, I’ll give them a 10 out of 10, it’s been great… If you’re going to buy a Lagoon buy it from TMG.”
We have a 28 Performance. I think I was convinced when we went down to Dragonfly for a test sail. Then it started to move things and well, I think we need to switch. It is great fun, I must say. I mean, when you get the wind, you get the speed and it
“We looked around quite a bit, and investigated the opposition! The 42ft is the right size for us, and she has a good feel when under sail. The combination of layout and space was just what we were looking for. Importantly, the Lagoon 42 sails well short handed. The 42 is a very, very nice boat. I’d be hard pressed to fault it,” said Drew.
Greg and Sue Harding, owners of a magnificent Lagoon 440, Blue Pointer, are the first to admit they are Lagoon tragics. “Our love affair with Lagoon started from day one, even though our first Lagoon was really a project boat.”
Paul Rogers is one of the founders of Lagooned in Oz “…the best thing about our lifestyle is not the boat or location, it’s the people. There is a whole community of Lagoon owners, and the Lagoon events have connected us with so many wonderful people.” – Paul Rogers, Moor RnR
David and Nerida Lee have been living aboard and sailing their Lagoon 380 for years, speaking highly of Lagoon as a brand and their on water lifestyle.
“The fact that you can wake up every morning with different scenery… it’s the freedom! For us it was finding a boat that would take us and all our possessions and our Lagoon does that. We live and sail in paradise! ” – David and Nerida Lee – Lagoon 380 Seabreeze
“The entire TMG team were really good. In the initial stages, John gave great advice and helped spec the boat, looking back it was all very valuable… From our first enquiry, through specification, order, to delivery and after-sales, TMG have been terrific to deal with. Ordering our Lagoon 40 was no small decision and a perfect delivery reassured us from the start,” Mike Pain.
“I love the air on the flybridge, the overview when going into anchorages, harbours etc. Its’ like standing on the bridge of my own little ship.” Says Martin.
This is a story of an adventure taken onboard John Pruims 410.
This is the kind of adventure you could only experience on a boat of your own…
Forth time Lagoon owner John Pruim has just become the first Lagoon 50 owner in Australia!!!
This tech-savvy owner is all about making this boat the best of the best with all the latest in technology, see what upgrades he has onboard…
Peter has just had his Lagoon 630MY shipped to the Caribbean after 3 years in the Mediterranean.
He is already loving the abundance of sea life, catching fish on every cruise and spotting turtles in the clear ocean. Peter is enjoying the cultural mix and lots of rum while settling into the consistent weather conditions.
After three years in the Mediterranean Peter says he could definitely have spent another three… But unfortunately, everyone has time restraints… There aren’t many islands in the Mediterranean Peter hasn’t visited, with an impressive list of 47 in Greece alone… Peter talks about his favourite places and what he got up to in the winter.
“I had been looking at many different trimaran brands and found the Dragonfly trimarans to standout due to their exceptional built quality and very clever design.” Chris, Dragonfly 35
“I wanted a big, spacious saloon that you could see through for transparency. I wanted it to feel like a home, like a floating apartment. I thought regarding the kids, on the 42 specifically, we can steer the boat from here on the same level, it’s not a separate area … and the entire thing can be enclosed without it being a visual and physical barrier,” said Lara.
‘Lagoons are perfect as a live-aboard option. They have plenty of room, everyone in the family has their own space. Tyler can be off in her room, Max on the trampoline burning off energy, Darren keeping on top of the maintenance. The boat never feels cramped,” says Kristy.
Every day is magical when you’re living on board. Take this morning, for example … the water was like a millpond, delivering a special sunrise. This was the view from our cabin as we woke up. We chose the 380 for her spacious interior. She’s super easy to sail, well suited for the two of us to live and work on board comfortably and she has plenty of indoor and outdoor living areas,” Said owners, Justin and Kelly.
“Ross was super – he went through everything.
We’ve never had that; going through everything was a huge positive.” – Graeme and Linda Hubbard – Lagoon 39, Zephyr
“I think it’s a fascinating and great way to live … so many people put things off until retirement and then can’t achieve their dream when they get there.
I’m happy with my choice.
It stretches you a bit and you juggle a lot of things, but with good people like the team at TMG, you can follow your dream.” – Drew Hakin, Adèle 1
“From our 6 months onboard, there are so many personal highlights. From a sailing and cruising perspective, I can hardly put our time in the Balearics into words. Formentera in particular, some of the anchorages there once the crowds had gone for the day were absolutely stunning. Seeing our young girls develop was something special.”
Steve is as passionate about Lagoon and Sailaway offers people access to a ‘wow factor’ as part of their holiday – “It’s in reach for people to enjoy a bit of that business class feel with their friends and family, in an everyday way. With the Lagoon, we can live out our passions for sailing, nature and the environment. I have had confidence in Lagoon from the moment I first stepped aboard.”
“The comfort is just amazing. When we were in rough seas sitting in the cockpit in the monohull, we could touch the water. But in the cat, you’re sitting on top of the flybridge – with 2m following seas – she’s solid, she’s stable, she’s just fantastic in the water,” said Lagoon 440 owners.
Lagoon 42 owner Aaron tells us “…living on Sabella is wonderful. Whilst much smaller than an Australian house, we each have our own space and it doesn’t feel cramped.”
Bob and Margaret Kennedy have called their Lagoon 420 home for 6 years, “We thought it was terrific. In comparison, our other boat was ‘camping’, but this was ‘home’. We found a little-used boat in very good condition – we lucked out with the perfect boat.”
“There are so many wonderful memories from this short time at sea – sunsets, dolphins, peaceful night watches – this way of life is just spectacular and really feels right for our family. We pinch ourselves each day and wonder when we’ll wake up from the dream,” Lagoon 42 owners the Jones family.
This Lagoon 450F was Johns 3rd out of 4 Lagoons “You want to buy a production boat, built in a factory in series. You get a properly designed and built boat. Compared to other 40ft boats a 40ft Lagoon will have the most volume. A signature of Lagoon is its vertical windows. The advantages are you have ample headspace in the saloon, plenty of light and 360 degree views, whilst keeping the sun out.”
“We’re in Les Sables-d’Olonne and we’re taking the boat out for a test sail and I’m floating on a cloud, I’ve got no idea what’s going on! It’s the most stunning day – in January no less! The weather was fine and the wind almost calm, but regardless she made 3 knots in 5 knots of breeze. What a clever little thing she is!”
“As soon as we got onboard, we were sold— the sliding doors were brilliant, the big glass window right by the kitchen sink—it was just like an apartment,” said Lagoon 39 owners.
With only limited yachting experience between Darren and Kristy, their Lagoon 500 is fortunately “very user friendly and it was easy to pick up”. To anyone considering following their lead, Kristy is quite clear — “Do it!”
Don McIntyre, Global Adventurer and Explorer, Life in Tonga with his Lagoon 450, Golden Globe, Royal Yacht Club Nomuka. Don describes the boat as “perfect, fantastic, incredible”— this “is the most fun” and “living on-board is like an apartment on the water”.
The Atkinsons love their catamaran. They had the design in mind for 20 years, and even though they weren’t actively looking, when they saw the Lagoon 400, they found the exact layout they had been dreaming of.
Working with TMG was a positive experience for John and Tania, “the team were always on hand and did everything they could for them throughout the process,” said the Lagoon 52 owners.
‘When you’re in a wheelchair there’s a lot of places you never see or you can’t get to. They’re just not accessible. Yesterday when we were out we sailed past some of those places that I have never seen before,’ Cliff said. For many sailors the freedom of the sea is one of the attractions. For Cliff, it’s life changing.
We wondered how it would perform in the conditions that we’re going to have to sail it in. And my impression, to date, is that it handles the swell and the rough seas and the wind beautifully, even better than our monohull. So, so far, I’m delighted.