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Lagoon continues success in the ARC

ARC

Lagoon has been one of the foremost partners in the Atlantic Rally For Cruisers (ARC) for 11 years.

The ARC is an Atlantic crossing from the Canary Islands to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, open to all avid racers as well as cruisers and, above all, dedicated to the pleasure of sailing.

The Lagoon fleet regularly accounts for more than 50% of the multihull entries in the ARC and ARC+ (crossing via Cape Verde) and 2016 was no exception, with 23 of the 42 multihulls competing being Lagoon catamarans.

ARC

The ARC is a real-world test of offshore cruising where the significant equipment necessary for a long trip can have a negative impact on the performance of some catamarans.

Lagoon catamarans have been conceived by renowned naval architects VPLP to offer great comfort and available payload while not decreasing the sailing performance of the boat.

The 2016 edition of the ARC continued the success of Lagoon catamarans in this event, with the first three places all taken by Lagoon catamarans.

Congratulations to Lagoon 52S Cat'Leya (France) who came first in the ARC+, followed by Lagoon 450F Sea To Sky (Canada) and the Lagoon 52F Dreamcatcher (UK).

In the corrected-time ranking for the Multihull Division of the ARC, the Lagoon 620 Ludanka (UK) and the Lagoon 42 Merci Papa (USA) won 3rd places in Class A and Class B.

In recent years, these Lagoon catamarans have won the ARC or ARC+:

  • 2015: 380 Havhunden, 1st in ARC+ Multihulls Division on corrected time

  • 2013: 620 Enigma, 1st in ARC+ Multihulls Division on corrected time

  • 2012: 560 Feliz, 1st in ARC Multihulls Division in real time

  • 2011: 560 Blue Ocean, 1st in ARC Multihulls Division on corrected time and 3rd in ARC Multihulls Division in real time

  • 2010: 620 Lady Boubou, 1st in ARC Multihulls Division and 11th overall in real time

Lagoon returns to power

A new development within the Lagoon model range that we are delighted to see is the return of the power catamaran - not least because we were previous award-winners as the top-selling dealership for the original Lagoon Power 43 and 44 models.

The two new models marking Lagoon's return to this market are the Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht and the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht.

Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht

Thanks to her fuel efficiency, long range cruising capacity and stability, the Lagoon 40 MY is a truly multipurpose boat, whether for coastal discoveries or a long distance adventure.

On deck, the 40 MY offers all the advantages that will guarantee real cruising pleasure: a large sheltered cockpit, rigid bimini, convenient steering station, sunbathing area on the cabin top...

Inside, her Nauta-designed accommodations combine elegance and comfort.

Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht

Yachtsmen have long wanted to expand their horizons with a long range, well-performing motor yacht in total comfort and serenity. And so the Lagoon 630 MY was born!

This yacht has a double personality - it has inherited the widely renowned marine qualities of the Lagoon 620, and is also the result of work by talented VPLP architects, the Nauta Design group and Lagoon's own engineers.

Now you can have both long distance blue-water voyages as well as coastal cruising aboard a luxurious residence.

For full details, click on either of the images above to go to that model page on our website.

Sound Yachting appointed agents for INDIKON

INDIKON k4

Sound Yachting is pleased to announce that we have been been appointed agents for INDIKON BoatWorks.

The INDIKON k4 is a 44' catamaran that will cause a fundamental reassessment of what is possible in a recreational watercraft.

Morelli & Melvin

Conceived by INDIKON BoatWorks and designed by the internationally renowned design firm Morrelli & Melvin, the k4 is an innovative hybrid "motor/sailer" with a broad appeal to sailors and powerboat enthusiasts alike.

In a moderate breeze, the INDIKON k4 catamaran will be a pure sailboat.

In calm winds, it will cruise efficiently at 15 knots under power.

But the INDIKON k4 will truly shine using sail and power in combination, fundamentally changing perceptions about what is possible in a sail/power hybrid (see also the INDIKRUISE system below).


INDIKON k4

The powercat version - known as INDIKON p4 - fully reflects the design innovations that Morrelli & Melvin incorporated into the k4, along with the sleek design that today's catamaran owners are looking for.

Powered by Volvo Penta's reliable D3 diesel powerplants, the INDIKON p4 offers a choice of 170, 200, or 220 HP engines, delivering excellent fuel efficiency, cruising comfort and speed.

The INDIKON p4 features a centerline elevated helm station, spacious aft cockpit, wide and safe sidedecks, and transoms designed for easy boarding.

Along with a fully protected interior helm station, the INDIKON p4 is ready to offer its owners comfort, style and economy, whether on long distance cruises, off-shore fishing or entertaining.


indikruise

To maximize the effectiveness of the k4's hybrid potential, the boat incorporates a patented tool - INDIKRUISE.

INDIKRUISE is a revolutionary on-board "coaching" system that offers guidance on how to trim the sails and apply the engines to optimize the speed, comfort and efficiency of the vessel. (Details of the system can be seen on the k4 model page - link here.)


For more information, please follow these links to the INDIKON sections on this website:

About INDIKON     INDIKON k4 motorsailer     INDIKON p4 powercat

Lagoon 450 enhancements for 2015

With more than 400 Lagoon 450 hulls sold worldwide, this model (launched in 2011) has even broken the record of its illustrious predecessor, the Lagoon 440.

Lagoon 450

As with all Lagoon models, the Lagoon 450 is being continuously developed and enhanced, and the 2015 model year boats will feature new additions and changes, many of which have their origin in current owners’ suggestions.

As an example, to meet the request from some customers for large catamarans available in a more conventional version, Lagoon is planning to extend its range with a hard-top version (without the upper flybridge steering and seating) of the Lagoon 450 in 2015.

The Hard Top Lagoon 450 will be equipped with a more conventional steering position and a lowered rig, and this alternative approach to the traditional Lagoon values of comfort and performance under sail should be available for boats built from fall 2015 onwards.

It is also anticipated that a hard-top version of the Lagoon 52 will be made available with the same general timing of fall 2015.

We will bring you more news on these developments, including any early visual renditions, as soon as they are available.

To see full details on either of the current flybridge Lagoon 450 and 52 models, please follow these links: Lagoon 450 and Lagoon 52.

SAIL's Best Boats 2014 - Lagoon 39

The Lagoon 39 has won SAIL Magazine's Best Boat 2014 in the multihull 31-40ft category.

To quote SAIL Magazine in presenting the award:

"The Lagoon 39 was a favorite among the SAIL judges for a variety of reasons, including its innovative design, sound construction, good systems and fine sailing qualities, all topped off by the fact of its simply being a handsome vessel.

"When Lagoon hired VPLP design to create a new series of boats, it wanted a truly new approach, not just a rehash of familiar elements, and the results are clearly evident in the first two representative of this effort, the 39 and the 52.

"Among the most obvious innovations is the fact that the mast on the Lagoon 39 is positioned well aft. The result is an easily managed rig, divided between a relatively small, efficient mainsail (no more having to heave aloft the large, intimidatingly heavy mains found on a typical catamaran!) and a variety of foresails that average sailors can handle with ease.

SAIL Best Boats 2014 Lagoon 39

See full details on the Lagoon 39 here

"The result is an easily managed rig, divided between a relatively small, efficient mainsail (no more having to heave aloft the large, intimidatingly heavy mains found on a typical catamaran!) and a variety of foresails that average sailors can handle with ease.

"Not surprisingly, this new mast location necessitated a completely new kind of structure that did not rely on the main bulkhead for support, which in turn changed the interior spaces. We like the result, with its excellent visibility, good grab points, easy traffic flow and openness. The boat also passes the important, "rowing away" test, as we think an owner will enjoy looking at it from the dinghy.

Lagoon 39

"That structural change could only work if both the design and execution were first-rate, and on the Lagoon 39, they are. Construction is careful and complete throughout, and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are all neat and properly installed. Under sail, the Lagoon 39 is solid, stiff and quiet.

"Oh, and it also happens to be a lot of fun! Underway the boat is responsive, yet tracks well, and helm feedback is instantaneous without being overpowering. The motion in a seaway is also easier than most cats this size, making for an overall package that should appeal to a wide range of sailing types."

See full details on the Lagoon 39 here

60th Lagoon 620 just delivered

Lagoon 620

Launched at the Cannes Boat Show in September 2009 only 4 years ago, the Lagoon 620 has an exceptional track record in the market for 60-foot catamarans.

And now the 60th hull of this model has just been delivered to its new owner in Bordeaux, making the Lagoon 620 the best selling 60 foot cruising catamaran.

With 60 Lagoon 620 catamarans sailing all over the world, the Lagoon shipyard has acquired a unique depth of knowledge of this market segment.

The success of the Lagoon 620 is based on what she delivers: a luxurious boat for blue-water cruising in exceptional comfort, all of this with great performance under sail.

This is well exemplified by the owner of hull number 60, who actually used to race on sailing boats, who wanted a boat able to safely undertake a world tour while offering a pleasant life on board for young children.

Lagoon 620

See full details on the Lagoon 620 - including photos, interior detail, layout options, full specifications and video - in the Lagoon section of the website here.

SailQuest returns to Milford landing

SailQuest

The SailQuest Boat Show will return to Milford Lisman Landing Marina Milford, CT, from May 17-19.

This unique and family-oriented show will feature a wide range of boats - from 50' sailboats and powerboats to kayaks and paddle boards - with both new and brokerage yachts for sale.

Companies will also be on-site offering boat gear and other related products and services, including financing and insurance.

Admission and parking are free and attendees will be able to take advantage of daily introduction-to-sailing opportunities.

Lagoon 39

Sound Yachting will be at the show with a brand new Lagoon 39 which is in inventory and available for immediate delivery.

This inventory Lagoon 39 is the unique 2 cabin version with a luxurious owner's suite in each hull, with king-sized beds, desk, sofa, large hanging locker and a bathroom with separate shower.

See full details on the new Lagoon 39 here.

Lagoon cats on the podium in ARC

ARC 2012

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia gathers more than 200 boats and 1200 people as crew each year.

For this 2012 edition, 11 Lagoon catamarans took the start out of 19 multihulls registered, more than half the fleet (!) made up of 4 Lagoon 560s, 4 Lagoon 450s, one Lagoon 440, a brand new Lagoon 400 S2 and a Lagoon 380.

Lagoon 560 Feliz

Lagoon 560 Feliz

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Although not a pure race as such, the Lagoon entries did extremely well again this year, with the Lagoon 560 Feliz taking line honours and with 4 other Lagoons ranking in the first 6 boats on corrected time:

  • Feliz (Lagoon 560 - 2nd)

  • Naos (Lagoon 400S2 - 3rd)

  • Capricho (Lagoon 560 - 5th )

  • Next Life (Lagoon 450 - 6th)

Congratulations to all Lagoon catamarans and crew, particularly Charles Etienne Devanneaux and his crew for their performance onboard Naos, the smallest boat and first in the division without an engine use penalty!

Lagoon catamarans have been regularly representing 50% or more of the ARC multihull fleet, and have always shown their sea going qualities and performance potential.

Innovations on top-of-the-line Lagoon models

Lagoon 620 galley

Lagoon 620 galley

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The top-of-the-line models in the Lagoon range - the Lagoon 560 and Lagoon 620 - will both enjoy innovations in interior design for the 2013 model year.

Specifically, the Lagoon 560 will feature:

  • New exterior decoration and new hull windows

  • A lower central floor, making the main salon even more spacious

On the Lagoon 620 we will see:

  • New interior decoration, with longer hull windows incorporating an opening porthole, providing better ventilation and a more dynamic exterior line

  • A fabulous panoramic galley in the main salon (central galley version) - see picture above

See more of these innovative features in these two new videos:

New location for SailQuest 2012

The 2012 SailQuest Boat Show will take place at Milford Lisman Landing Marina in Milford, CT, from May 18-20, 2012.

SailQuest 2012

FREE parking and FREE admission

This unique and family-oriented show will feature new sailboats, trawlers, downeast-style powerboats and select brokerage yachts for sale, from 20 to over 50 feet long.

Additionally, a variety of companies will be on-site offering small boats, gear and other products and services, including financing and insurance. Attendees will be able to take advantage of daily introduction-to-sailing opportunities, including sailing trips with certified instructors.

Previously held in Mystic Connecticut, SailQuest has relocated to a more central spot on the Connecticut coast minutes from I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, steps from Metro North Railroad and directly on Long Island Sound.

The docks at Milford Landing will showcase a wide range of models from quality manufacturers, including: Cutwater, Catalina, Hanse, Jeanneau, Island Packet, Hunter, Lagoon, Bénéteau, J Boats, Minor Offshore, Nordic Tug, Ranger Tug and more to be announced.

Milford Lisman Landing is located in beautiful historic downtown Milford, which is filled with restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. Come to SailQuest and find your future in boating!

New round the world record holder from Lagoon designers, VPLP

Banque Populaire trimaran

Loick Peyron’s 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V is the new outright non-stop around-the-world record holder.

Peyron and his 13 crew finished their sprint in 45 days, 13 hours, 43 minutes (winning the coveted Jules Verne Trophy). Banque Populaire sailed 29,002 miles at an average speed of 26.51 knots, with a top speed of 48 knots.

Launched in 2008 in Nantes, France, Banque Populaire was designed by the French naval architect firm Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP), designers of Lagoon catamarans.

Behind the scenes at Lagoon factories

In two new videos published on the Lagoon website, the company invites you to tour its two production sites, in Bordeaux and Belleville-sur-Vie, visiting the joinery, molding and assembly shop... as if you were there in person!

Belleville-sur-Vie is where the Lagoon catamarans ranging from 38 to 45 feet are constructed, in a new-generation factory, a perfect example of the Bénéteau Group expertise.

Lagoon factory

The teams at Bordeaux build the larger boats, those over 50 feet. Located on the banks of the Garonne, the shipyard extends over 1,000,000 sq ft, 475,000 sq ft of which is indoors, and there is also an 250 foot quay for fitting and launching the boats.

To see more information on the factories, including these videos, just follow this link: Lagoon Factories

New Lagoon video website is on-line

Lagoon logo

Lagoon has just launched a new website featuring the latest videos of all Lagoon models.

Developed to automatically adapt itself to all sizes of screens (computers, tablets, smartphones...) this new website also offers videos in both standard and high resolution format:

  • all the Lagoon models under sail

  • visits through yacht interiors

  • reports on Lagoon owner meetings, including the famous Lagoon Escapade

To access this new website, just follow this link: lagoonvideo.com

Lagoon videos

Happy viewing...!

Fast cats...! Lagoon production reaches 200 x Lagoon 400s, 100 x Lagoon 450s

Lagoon logo

On November 24, all employees at the Belleville-sur-Vie (Vendée) Lagoon factory celebrated the production of Lagoon 400 No. 200 and Lagoon 450 No. 100.

An unmatched performance in the cruising catamarans sector, as these two models were respectively presented to the public for the first time at the Cannes boat show in September 2009 (Lagoon 400) and in September 2010 (Lagoon 450).

Congratulations to the whole Belleville team !

Belleville team

Lagoon Blog launched - Lagoon Inside

Lagoon Inside logo

A new Lagoon Blog has been launched, called Lagoon Inside, designed to welcome people into the Lagoon world.

The aim of the Lagoon Blog is to welcome you inside the Lagoon world... all around it (shipyard, employees, cooking, sailing, fishing, sunbathing, cruising...). If you are part of the following population, this blog is for you:

  • Internet users who are looking for some info about the catamaran world

  • Lagoon owners who are passionate and like to share advice from their own personal experience

  • The “around the world dreamers” asking themselves if a 38’ cat is not to small for their future plans

  • Other owners asking why Lagoon catamarans with their vertical windows look a bit like a building?

So this blog is for everyone who wants to talk about catamaran cruising, those who dream of cruising on catamarans and for those who cruise on them now."

Click on the image below to open Lagoon Inside in a new browser window.

Lagoon Inside graphic

Lagoon 620 wins the catamaran class in the 2010 ARC

ARC 2010 logo

This year the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the biggest transatlantic rally in the world, is celebrating its 25th edition and the Lagoon fleet is as strong as ever, with 8 boats on the starting line.

Lagoon catamarans have been regularly representing 50% or more of the ARC multihull fleet, and have always shown their sea going qualities and performance potential, as in 2009 (1st: Lagoon 420, 2nd: Lagoon 440) and in 2008 (2nd: Lagoon 42).

Lagoon 620 Lady Boubou crew

Lady Boubou Line Honors and Winner Multihull Division

And this year has been no exception with the British crew of Lagoon 620 Lady Boubou crossing the finish line well ahead of other multihulls.

Not having used her engines at all, she won the Multihull Division on corrected time, adding this victory to the line honors in her division and of course, to the Lagoon Trophy awarded to first multihull to finish on corrected time.

Last but not least, Lady Boubou was 11th across the line in a fleet of 235 yachts proving once again that you do not necessarily need to choose between comfort and performance... !

Lagoon designers help win America's Cup

VPLP logo

The naval architect company used by Lagoon, VPLP, were one of the design teams on the 2010 America's Cup winner, BMW Oracle.

With boat design unrestricted, the 33rd America's Cup race moved from traditional monohulls to the fastest form of sailing with head-to-head competition between two giant multihulls - Alinghi's catamaran and BMW Oracle's trimaran.

BMW Oracle trimaran

Although one boat had two hulls and one three, when racing both ere flying a hull - thus essentially highly counterbalanced monohulls...!

The French design firm of VPLP (Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost) have been the key naval architects since Lagoon's very earliest days as the racing division of Jeanneau.

VPLP have been responsible, along with the Lagoon in-house design teams, for all Lagoon sailing catamaran models - though none are quite as radical as the BMW Oracle trimaran.

And in case any reassurance is needed for the cruising community, Lagoon catamarans are not designed to sail quite this way and will not fly a hull...!

Lagoon celebrates 25 years

Lagoon 25 logo

Lagoon celebrates its Silver Jubilee, marking the milestone of building race-winning and award-winning multihulls for 25 years!

Pierre Premier trimaran

It seems only yesterday that the famous Lagoon (JTA) multihulls such as Pierre 1er, Fleury Michon IX and R.M.O., were winning all their races - but since then, a lot of water has passed between the hulls of a couple of thousand Lagoon catamarans!

In 25 years, more than 2000 Lagoons have been launched all over the world: making the Lagoon brand the unrivalled leader in the cruising catamaran sector (follow this link to see the history of Lagoon).

A 25th anniversary is a Silver Jubilee and must be celebrated: to mark the occasion, Lagoon has introduced two new models this year (the Lagoon 400 and the new flagship, the Lagoon 620) and has renewed the style and graphics across the whole model range.

Lagoon meeting

Lagoon's position as market leader in the cruising catamaran segment is eloquent testimony to the unrivalled durability of the brand, with experience acquired over a quarter of a century of multihull construction - and over 2000 hulls produced - backed by the financial security of the Bénéteau Group, the largest sailboat builder in the world.

First Lagoon 380 factory hard-top bimini in US

Lagoon 380 hardtop

The first Lagoon 380 in the US equipped with the new factory hard-top (injection molded composite) bimini has now arrived at our docks.

This new hard-top bimini sits slightly higher than the previous "canvas on stainless frame" bimini that has been the only factory option up to this point, so offers a little more headroom clearance when stepping in and out of the cockpit.

The helm seat is fully protected by a sliding acrylic panel that allows full visibility of the sails while still affording protection to the helmsman while seated.

Lagoon 380 hardtop

Once opened, this panel allows the helmsman to stand fully upright and thus gain maximum visibility forward and of all four corners of the boat.

The bimini has two integrated spotlights, so providing good cockpit illumination at night, and a removable plastic windscreen to offer further protection against bad weather.

As well as providing protection and comfort in the cockpit, the hard-top is a perfect location to mount solar panels.

The boat featuring this new hard-top bimini will be on display at the forthcoming Newport Boat Show.

 

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