With the launch of the new Lagoon 50, the French catamaran builder introduced a whole host of innovations that truly set the boat apart in a world of evolutionary look-alikes. Oh, the places you can go when you start with a clean sheet of paper.
With 1,700ft2 of upwind sail area between the standard full-batten mainsail and an 87 percent self-tacking jib, she is not under-canvased. The mast, which was moved aft to minimize hobby-horsing, is also 87ft high, giving this cat a higher aspect ratio to catch the wind further aloft. An optional Code 0 provides added umph sailing downwind.
The hydraulic swim platform carries the tender, but in a whole new way, as the ends flip up to reveal a set of chocks. Otherwise, the platform is smooth and a great playground. Two squaredoff transoms steps leading to the cockpit are nice and low. Not only does this result in a sleeker look, it also creates an easier transition from the water or dock to the main deck. To satisfy industry regulations, the engine room hatches open up facing forward and are hinged aft so checking the diesels underway will keep you in the cockpit and not out on the steps. Also aft, a grill been built into the transom swivels out and over the steps to keep the smoke out of the cockpit. Inside, a nearly full-beam settee wraps around a table and center island holding a popup TV. This table has “magical” legs that mysteriously articulate to lower and simultaneously move the table away from the settee to provide leg room.
Available configurations include three to six cabins, and the master suite boasts a desk with a built-in bookcase and a small settee with a walk-in closet equipped with three rows of three drawers and a skylight overhead to let in plenty of light. There are also lockers hidden behind these closets for stashing things like duffels and even an integrated magazine rack to ensure you want for nothing when under sail and enjoying the best cruising experience possible. cata-lagoon.com