Lagoon Catamarans, in association with top multihull designers Marc van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost (VPLP), has brought together a package of style, design, ergonomics, performance, safety, quality and pricing which simply cannot be found elsewhere in the multihull market. Lagoon is the world’s leading catamaran brand and is part of the Beneteau group of companies.
Every Lagoon is characterised by the distinctive vertical saloon window design. Once deemed to be radical, the benefit of this feature is obvious once you step inside. The views are crisp and expansive, headroom is maximised and the interior is protected from the sun. The hull form is wide, reducing the pitching motion and allowing for an impressive payload with little detriment to the sailing qualities. Flat decks and recessed hatches contribute to an exceptionally comfortable and safe sailing experience.
All Lagoons have anchors stowed on the crossbeam, forward of the trampoline where access to the ground tackle is easiest – especially when the anchor is muddy or fouled. Access to the beam is always along a solid gangway instead of the net.
The flybridge of the 450 and above is another famous Lagoon innovation, enabling excellent separation of the navigation and relaxation areas.
Most of the range now features interior design by Nauta Yacht Design. Nauta’s styling is unmistakeably modern, yet warm and hospitable with generous use of timbers to create a homely atmosphere below.
All Lagoons sail well as a result of their VPLP design pedigree – that’s a given, but safety is always paramount. Lagoon’s parent company, Groupe Beneteau, has enormous experience than any other builder in the construction of sailboats, motor yachts, offshore fishing vessels and sailing catamarans. Their manufacturing processes are the efficient result of a century of experience. The factories are clean and tidy and the entire workforce is actively encouraged to play a part in the quality control process. Far from the “coalmine” atmosphere of traditional mould shops, the factories are bright and clean and the personnel are cheerful and proactive. This spirit is reflected in every Lagoon that leaves the gate.
With the exception of the 380, all Lagoon yachts are now constructed using the resin infusion method, ensuring perfect resin distribution with no excess weight or pooling of resin. Firstly the white gelcoat is applied over dark green moulds which allow the operator to carefully monitor the gelcoat thickness. The first layer of glass uses a special anti-osmotic resin and is very carefully hand-laid to provide a stable outer layer. Next, the pre-cut sheets of glass fibre – a mixture or different weaves selected to provide strength in the appropriate direction of load – are put in place, along with the balsa core material. Then the resin distribution pipes are put in place and a polythene sheet is laid over the mould and sealed to the mould edges. Finally, after a very careful check for air tightness, a metered quantity of resin is drawn through the pipes and is distributed around the fibres until the correct resin/glass ratio is achieved. After weeks of preparation this final moulding stage takes mere minutes to complete.
Visitors to the factory are always impressed by the fairness of the mouldings and the lack of “print-through” – the unsightly pattern of the glass weave appearing on the gelcoat surface.
Graham has worked in the marine industry since qualifying as a marine engineer ’94, after which he ran the yacht sales and charter management division of a large charter company for 13 years.
During this time Graham saw the explosion in popularity of catamaran sailing at first hand, so jumped at the opportunity to specialise in multihull sales for Ancasta in 2007. He has raced and cruised extensively on cats and monos of all kinds and has enjoyed two transatlantic crossings.
Tara joined Ancasta in 1999 and has always represented Ancasta at international boat shows. She joined the Lagoon team in 2004 when the Lagoon 440 was first introduced into the UK market. Since then she has proudly been at all the Southampton Boat Shows when each new model has been introduced, including the 39, 421, 450, 52, 560 and 620 and has personally sold models across the range.
Tara is absolutely passionate about catamaran cruising and has chartered Lagoons in the Caribbean – so a keen fan of the busman’s holiday!
She has also undertaken several delivery trips from Les Sables to Southampton with other members of the team.
Mike Wedge is the brokerage manager for Ancasta Brighton. Having have been on the Lagoon team for a good number of years he has been sailing since he was 4 years old, and since then his involvement with yacht design, tuition and sailing holidays to name a few, have taken him all over the world.
Mike loves the concept of catamaran sailing and considers it a great way to cruise in comfort with space to take all the provisions and toys whilst still having room to relax. He has been on several good delivery trips aboard the Lagoons, including deliveries from the Lagoon factory to Southampton, which always proves an invaluable learning experience and Mike has a very sound and detailed knowledge of the product.
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