The world leader in the multihull market starts the season in style with the launch of the new Lagoon 55. A sailing catamaran that takes up the shipyard’s DNA, but with some major evolutions. We had the privilege to discover the prototype number 1 in a world preview in Bordeaux (France)
by Geoffroy Langlade – photos by Nicolas Claris/Lagoon – Glob’Eau Productions
With nearly 6,000 units produced since the French shipyard began in 1987, Lagoon remains by far the world leader in the multihull market. To celebrate this international success, the shipyard has just unveiled a new model that should mark for sure the 2021-2022 season! Replacing the 52, which will soon disappear from the official catalog, the Lagoon 55 is positioned between the 50 and the SIXTY Five model, while retaining the same name as in 1987. A whole symbol.
Designed by the VPLP team on the naval architecture side, this 16.56-meter long and 9-meter wide multihull was designed by Patrick le Quément for the exterior and Nauta Design for the interior “The Lagoon 55 reveals a carefully created exterior design. All around, a deck bulwark lends the boat an elegant and refined profile, offering at the same time a protected promenade around the deck. The exterior design of the coachroof participates in the overall flowing appearance. It is animated ban integrated handrail which contributes to slimming down the overall impression of height in the coachroof, as well as featuring the now identifiable Lagoon graphic signature: a roof in perceived levitation” says Patrick le Quément, exterior designer.
An XXL cockpit and new options on a sailing catamaran – Taking the codes of other Lagoon models such as the SIXTY 5, the new 55 is distinguished by its wide circulation spaces on board and a cockpit completely redesigned to offer a maximum of space to guests.
“The revolutionary and innovative character of the 55 begins with the access on board via three steps in the axis of the multihull, which allows the aft skirts to be completely cleared. These are no longer passage areas but living areas, allowing us to offer new options on a sailing catamaran, such as an outdoor kitchen or retractable cushions,” explains Martina Torrini, Lagoon’s product development manager.
This 55’ model is equipped with an extra-large 25 m2 (269 sq ft) cockpit, including a large dining area; two large loungers at the stern, a comfortable deck chair in the shade of the roof; as well as a bar area perfectly equipped to ensure comfort on board. Thanks to solutions of architectural finesse, the aft beam has disappeared, leaving room for more fluid circulation and larger spaces. The nacelle extends towards the back offering an impressive living space on board and perfect safety while under way by the sea…
Towards the front, we find a cockpit perfectly integrated into the architecture of the catamaran and offering several seating areas, natural ventilation without forgetting a removable awning. Unlike some of its competitors (like Bali or Leopard), the shipyard did not want to install a straight access between the forward cockpit and the interior saloon. On the other hand, Lagoon has increased the surface area of the flybridge, which is easily accessible and offers many living spaces. The helm station is located forward, to starboard. Fully equipped with electronics it features practical storages and cup-holders. All winches are located next to the mast and to the helm. Thanks to the Harken flat winder, all maneuvers come back to the helm and make life easier for handling the boat alone.
Several versions: 4, 5 or 6 cabins? – The Lagoon 55 will exist in several versions: 4, 5 and even 6 cabins for charter. In “private” configuration, the catamaran offers a 27 m2(292 sq ft) of space combining modular salon, fully equipped galley, bar area and navigation station.
Connecting the aft and forward cockpits by the large sliding door and the forward retractable window, and thanks to the new overhead windows, the salon offers exceptional luminosity and ventilation. The galley is located between the aft cockpit and the dinette. Finally, note that special care has been given to the interior decoration, worthy of a yacht. Lagoon has signed an agreement with Sunbrella for the fabrics… Not yet officially on sale, the Lagoon 55 should undergo some technical tests before an official presentation at the autumn boat shows (Cannes, Genoa) and during a world tour.
PROJECT: VPLP Design (naval architecture), Patrick le Quément (exterior design) e Nauta Design (interior design)
HULL: Length overall 16.56m / 54’4” – Length waterline 16.39m / 53’9’’ – Beam (max.) 9.00m / 29’6” – Draft (max.) 1.55m / 5’1’’- Mast clearance (max.) 29.43m / 96’7”- Engine (standard) Yanmar 2 x 80 hp (4JH80) – Engine (optional) Nanni 2 x 115 hp (N4.115)- Fuel capacity 2 x 550 l / 2 x 145 US Gal – Fresh water capacity 4 x 240 l / 4 x 63 US Gal- Black water capacity 344 l / 91 US Gal – Grey water capacity (option) 2 x 120 l / 32 US Gal- Light displacement (EEC) 26.5 t / 58.433 lbs – EC Certification A: 14 ; B : 14 ; C : 20 ; D : 30 – Upwind sail area 186 mq / 2.001 sq.ft – Full-batten mainsail 107 mq / 1 151 sq.ft – Self-tacking jib 74 mq / 796 sq.ft – Square top mainsail (optional) 112 mq / 1.205 sq.ft – Code 0 (optional) 154 mq / 1.657 sq.ft – Asymetrical spinnaker (optional) 272 mq / 2.927 sq.ft – HS (Hull Speed) 9,83 – Shipyard: CNB (France)
(Lagoon 55, stairways to heaven – Barchemagazine.com – March 2021)