There appears to be a race on to produce the 50ft catamaran that offers more space both within the interior accommodation and on deck than any other. Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Sunreef 50 is the Lagoon 50, another new launch from the Beneteau Group.
It’s a flybridge model with a larger aft cockpit than many of the most recent designs. This has the advantage of maintaining a spacious and comfortable outdoor living space that’s shaded from the sun under the protection of the bridgedeck.
The hulls have plenty of freeboard, which provides additional interior space, including very generous headroom that accentuates the amount of space on board. The saloon is on two levels, with a large galley that opens onto the cockpit at the aft end, plus a slightly elevated lounge area forward that has panoramic views through the big forward and side windows. The latter can easily be turned into a dining area if inclement weather makes dining al fresco impossible.
A wide variety of accommodation layouts is offered, ranging from three to four, five or even six cabins. The hulls have a higher volume than those of most earlier boats of this size, which means the sleeping cabins are larger, with peninsula beds and plenty of stowage space. Large hull windows help provide ample natural light.
The mast is stepped further aft than that of most catamarans, apart from the older Prout range, most of which were built in the 1970s and 1980s. This decision grew out of the Lagoon 50’s designer, VPLP’s experience with long-distance racing yachts and allows for a bigger headsail that benefits from the ease of self-tacking, plus larger reaching sails for improved performance. Moving the rig aft also reduces pitching, which improves the motion at sea. Auxiliary power is from a pair of 57hp diesel engines.
There are three entirely separate socialising and entertaining areas on deck. Meal times are most likely to be focussed on the large aft cockpit, which is shaded by a hard top. There’s considerable further seating on the foredeck, ahead of the bridgedeck saloon. As well as housing the helm station and sail controls, the flybridge also has further seating and large sun beds.
The Lagoon 50 was unveiled to the public at the Paris boat show in December 2017 and at the Dusseldorf boat show in January 2018, alongside the smaller new Lagoon 40.
- LOA 14.75m
- Beam 8.10m
- Draught 1.40m
- Light displacement 20,826kg
- Sail area 158.1sq m
- Square top mainsail 97.8sq m
- Furling genoa 60.3sq m
- Asymmetric spinnaker 240sq m
- Code Zero 114sq m
- Air draught 26.51m
- Fuel capacity 1,040 litres
- Fresh water capacity 480 litres