Lagoon 52: A new catamaran

  • Sunday, 28 October 2012
Lagoon 52: A new catamaran

Lagoon launched the first model of a brand new series of cruising catamarans: the Lagoon 52.

Above: One of the first photos of Lagoon 52 while sailing... This catamaran will be offered with a 5-cabin charter version layout.

The Lagoon 52 is the latest model developed by the Lagoon Ship-builders as a successor to the famed Lagoon 500. It has truly wonderful characteristics, including diamond-shaped vertical bows, bevelled hulls and a tall rig.

To put it in the words of Lagoon: "This new Lagoon is the result of lengthy discussions between the architects at Van Peteghem-Lauriot Prévost (VPLP), the Italian Nauta Design agency and the Lagoon design department. These discussions led us to make some important and sometimes radical choices, while remaining faithful to what we believe in, in terms of elegance, comfort, safety, user friendliness and, it goes without saying, performance under sail.".

The Lagoon 52 sports a slender exterior design, which is much more than it shows, wonderfully suitable for a luxurious sailing holiday in Greece:

• Infusion-moulding for increased weight saving, an optimal structure, and greater protection for the environment and shipbuilders
• Interior woodwork in Alpi® reconstituted wood, a sustainable source
• Vertical glazing for better protection against the sun and optimal space and headroom
• Gull-wing bridge deck for greater comfort in heavy seas
• Wide choice of layouts including 3, 4 or 5 cabins, with respectively 3, 4 or 5 washrooms

Additionally, the boat is accessed via open aft transoms, facilitating boarding and disembarking. It has broad sidedecks, with recessed deck hatches, while the cockpit is level with the saloon and has an outdoor lounge and sun-lounging area to starboard. The fly bridge is reached either by a staircase leading from the cockpit, or by another leading from the deck on the starboard side.

The steering station can be adjusted to three different positions (starboard, centre or port), giving the skipper perfect visibility under sail or when manoeuvring.

The mast of the Lagoon 52 is located further to aft, a decision which the Ship-builder claims, it comes from the designers' racing experience and possesses the following advantages on a cruising catamaran:

• A large forward triangle allows a larger sails choice: a promise for great performance
• The shorter boom makes the mainsail much easier to maneuver
• The mainsail, which is relatively narrower and higher, benefits from better winds at the top, thus enhancing performance
• By re-centering the weight in this way, pitching is considerably reduced

In the interior, comfort, light and spaciousness is everywhere. The saloon encompasses the lounge and dining table to starboard, a large galley to port which gives on directly to the cockpit to form a large 'L', together with the chart table in the middle, facing out to sea. Also, all the cabins have large double beds, storage space in keeping with the offshore sailing program of the boat and, of course, an en-suite bathroom with separate shower. The cabins have ample natural lighting thanks to the fixed hull windows, together with very good ventilation thanks to the deck hatches and portholes that open out to the hull-side or to the cockpit. Go to the page of this wonderful mutli-hull

The Lagoon 52 will be on display for the first time at the Miami International Boat Show, from 14 to 18 February 2013, followed by the Multihull Boat Show at La Grande Motte (10 to 14 April 2013). It is already available for yacht charter in Greece, for the coming 2013 summer season!


Here are the Lagoon 52 specifications, as announced by Lagoon Catamarans:

Length overall 15.84 m / 52'
Length on Waterline 15.6 m / 51'2''
Maximum beam 8.6 m / 28'3''
Draft 1.5 m / 4'11''
Mast clearance 27.22 m / 89'4''
Light displacement 56,658 lb
Total sail area close hauled 170 m² / 1829 sq.ft.
Standard engine size 2 x 54 hp sail drive
Fuel capacity 2 x 496 L / 2 x 131 US gal.
Fresh water capacity 4 x 240 L / 4 x 63 US gal.
Naval Architects VPLP
Interior design Nauta Design

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