Boating NZ - - Feature -

The world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of pro­duc­tion cata­ma­rans, Bordeaux-based La­goon is in se­ri­ous ex­pan­sion mode. The fac­tory pro­duces 350 ves­sels a year (power and sail, 38-78 feet LOA), and the plan, says sales man­ager Yann Wachten, is to boost this to 700. He says the fac­tory’s strug­gling to meet de­mand – or­ders are now be­ing taken for de­liv­ery in 2020.

It’s an am­bi­tious goal, but one helped by La­goon be­ing part of the Beneteau con­glom­er­ate. The or­gan­i­sa­tion – which also owns CNB yachts – de­liv­ers around 9000 ves­sels a year. Pro­duc­tion line ef­fi­cien­cies per­fected at the var­i­ous fac­to­ries are be­ing im­ple­mented at the La­goon fa­cil­ity.

The boats are launched at the site – on the banks of the Garonne River. It’s around 100km from the river’s At­lantic mouth. Boats are typ­i­cally sailed from the fac­tory by own­ers them­selves or de­liv­ered to a French or Mediter­ranean port for ship­ping.

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