Having arrived in Hong Kong earlier this month, a brand new Lagoon 50 is now available for immediate delivery. Don’t delay with your enquiry – she is sure to be quickly snapped up as the Lagoon brand is, without doubt, one of the most popular yacht brands here in Asia, and certainly number one for catamarans.
This Lagoon 50 is part of the re-launched Lagoon range, joining the new Lagoon 40 and Lagoon 46, and is the biggest Lagoon that can be handled by a couple only, with no need for a crew. She has been designed by the multihull expert French naval architecture studio VPLP together with Patrick Le Quement. Over the years, Lagoons have become more angular with hard lines to their transoms and a downward slope to the coach roof, which creates a perception of movement. At first glance, the wrap-around glazed vertical windows look continuous. But in fact, they’re made up of panels and provide a terrific view from inside. Weight has been kept low through the use of vacuum infusion, with balsa coring above the waterline and in the deck. Spars are aluminium, and the mast has been moved aft, which helps prevent hobby-horsing and gives the boat a shorter boom, thereby making the mainsail that much easier to handle, especially shorthanded.
There have been many notable changes to the overall design. Firstly, on the aft deck, the two steps from the transoms are nice and low, thus making the transition to the cockpit an especially easy one. Secondly, the hatches over the engine rooms now open up and aft, so checking the engine underway will keep you safe in the cockpit and not out on the steps. Third, two optional lockers can be added to either side of the transom seat: one to port for stowage and the other to starboard housing a grill that swivels out and over the transom steps to keep the smoke and heat out of the cockpit. Finally, the hydraulic swim platform forms a kind of teak “beach” that also carries the tender in a pair of chocks that flip down out of the way when not in use.
In the cockpit, the table to port folds in for a quick family breakfast or opens out to seat up to eight for dinner. There’s also an end seat that detaches and moves forward over the moulded steps to make yet more room when the table is fully extended. To starboard is a twin lounge and an outdoor galley with a sink, a fridge, cut-outs to hold bottles and a large countertop for food and cocktail preparation.
The impressive saloon on the Lagoon 50 is sure to appeal. The ultra-inviting settee, for example, stretches nearly full-beam. It also wraps around a table that folds out for dining, but then lowers away and articulates forward to create a cocktail lounge that faces aft toward a pop-up TV in the centre console. To starboard is a large navigation desk with another B&G MFD, a second VHF radio and autopilot control, so that on long passages you can drive from inside. The galley is to aft and split so that a meal can be prepared at the three-burner Eno stove while the sous chef preps hors d’oeuvres at the opposite counter, below which are two Isotherm refrigerators.
This particular yacht now in Hong Kong is a 4-cabin 4-head version with one additional single cabin to midships portside. Fully equipped and commissioned, she is perfectly suited to taking you cruising around Hong Kong and further afield anytime.