When it comes to cruising catamarans, 45ft is the most popular length, according to Yann Masselot, director at Lagoon Yachts. Its two biggest sellers are the 450, of which it has built 600 in the past six years, and the 42, of which it has built 200 in the last 18 months alone. All of which points to the new Lagoon 50 as an intelligent model to plug the large gap between the existing 450 and the 52, while the similarly styled new 40-footer coming out this autumn will replace both its 39 and 40 models.
Designed by VPLP and Nauta, these new models stand out for their strong horizontal lines, accentuaded by the large hull windows that are recessed into the topsides. Both yachts feature square-top mainsails, large furling foresails and self-tacking jibs – an easily managed sailplan on a rig with a short boom.
The 40 is available with three or four cabins and two to four heads. The 50 can have between three and six cabins.
Shows: Cannes, Genoa, Barcelona