La­goon 50

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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

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