The new Lagoon 440 sailing catamaran is conceived to offer crew members a separate space for each activity on board.
With the launch of the Lagoon 440, Lagoon launched a new generation of catamarans. This French brand – manufacturer of multihulls is part of the Beneteau group of companies.
Lagoon, which by the way celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year, always relies on architects Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost, who have been involved in the creation of many famous yachts and “super catamarans”, including “Pierre I de Florence Arthaud”, “Primagas de Laurent Bourgnon” or “Hydropter”.
In the new Lagoon 440, 13.62 meters long, the first child of a new family, these renowned designers offer you a new way of life at sea, clearly dividing the activities on board the catamaran.
Weather permitting, the aft cockpit becomes, both on the move and at anchorage, a welcoming space for dining, playing cards or preparing to dive. The bimini tent has not disappeared, but now it is no longer canvas. The visor made of polyester extends the wheelhouse and protects the cockpit from the sun’s heat, free from winches, sheets and all other equipment. Steps to the top lead to the helmsman’s domain; opposite the helm there is a wide bank, where several crew members can sit, surrounded by all the winches, stoppers and sheets.
The view from the helmsman’s seat is excellent – you can see both the bow and stern, for maneuvers in the marina it is simply invaluable. On the previous generation of Lagoon catamarans, the helmsman often had to turn around in order to better see the spinnaker’s lifting action, or simply to see the dock during a port maneuver. In fact, the flybridge concept carried over here comes from the world of motor yachts.
Eight people are free to sit in the wardroom around the table, low or high, as you set up. An L-shaped galley with a sliding porthole is convenient for transferring food to the cockpit. Above the two refrigerators and the dishwasher is a large stainless steel work surface, which is adjacent to a double sink and a four-burner gas hob with oven.
The internal control room has been reduced to a minimum thanks to new technologies that are increasingly featured on this category of vessels: multifunctional color chartplotter, GPS, log and echo sounder. And a simple joystick to help the helmsman control the autopilot. “Everything that is 90% necessary for cruising is here,” emphasizes Yann Masselot, commercial director of Lagoon, adding about the owner’s cabin: “It makes you feel at home.”
This space, which occupies the entire hull on the starboard side, includes a boudoir where a TV can be installed, a laundry room with the possibility of installing a washing machine, a toilet room with a separate shower room. At the stern there is a 160 cm wide double bed with aisles along the sides. Each room on the catamaran can be heated or air-conditioned.
In the other hull, two double cabins can be used for children or guests, each with its own toilet and shower. This is the version of the catamaran with a master cabin on the Lagoon 440. The charter version, which is popular with charter companies, includes four identical double cabins.
Source: Figaro Magazine, April 2004