Lagoon 51 Spearheads Catamaran Chief’s Inexperienced Focus

Designed to be extra ecological, extra accessible and extra related, the Lagoon 51 unveiled in 2022 additional refreshes the model’s midsize choices following the discharge of the 55 final yr.

This yr, the doorways of the Worldwide Multihull Present at La Grande Motte had barely closed when the pontoons opened, releasing the 51’s ‘world premiere’ hull for a supply journey southwest to Canet-en-Roussillon underneath the command of Bruno Belmont, aka ‘Monsieur Lagoon’!

Whereas the milestone of the 6,000th Lagoon was handed in early 2021, and the truth that the 600 new catamarans scheduled to go away the three devoted factories this yr received’t be sufficient to fulfill an especially dynamic market, nobody on the world’s largest pleasure cat builder is resting on their laurels, releasing a mannequin that marks an enormous step ahead of their eco-friendly choices.

The platform for the Lagoon 51 relies on that of the previous 50, though the mast place has been considerably shifted, amongst many modifications and features defined by Belmont, Groupe Beneteau’s Crusing Product Improvement Supervisor and the non secular father of the primary Lagoons in addition to Sense monohulls and Extra catamarans.

Belmont’s plentiful but practical creativity, and talent to anticipate expectations and analyse the evolution of makes use of make him greater than only a designer. He’s a ‘visionary’ in accordance with naval architect Marc Van Peteghem, who together with VPLP companion Vincent Lauriot-Prevost, continues to deal with naval structure of all Lagoon fashions, lengthy after the trio met whereas learning in Southampton.

Inventing the boat that doesn’t but exist however that can be an excellent success tomorrow is Belmont’s uncommon expertise and a valuable one for Group Beneteau. Many shipyards at the moment are making an attempt to maneuver in the direction of extra eco-responsible boats, nevertheless it was again in 2006 that Belmont created Groupe Beneteau’s 12-strong working group on sustainability, though the disaster of 2008-09 halted the challenge.

The subject is extra related than ever, whereas Belmont stays uncompromising in his analysis and requirements. When he realised a serious provider of materials constituted of recycled fibre was importing the ‘inexperienced’ textiles by flying them throughout the Atlantic, he instantly switched to an organization extra holistic in its strategy.

Photo voltaic Shift, Mast Moved

For the Lagoon 51, the brand new leap was simply as dramatic, with photo voltaic panels producing 3,020W built-in into the coachroof and exhausting high. This energy output is sufficient to provide all of the electrical energy wanted on board — excluding air-conditioning — underway and at anchor.

The bonding of the Solbian versatile panels has been meticulously executed, however though the panels are assured for 5 years, solely time will present the hardiness of essentially the most curved areas. With comparable affect, a brutal evaluation was manufactured from the selection taken a decade in the past to shift the mast aft to the centre of the coachroof.

The big self-tacking solent and the brief increase had their benefits, however the one answer to extend the sail space and thus enhance efficiency underneath sail was to go for a taller rig. This didn’t profit seakeeping, as pitching is the enemy of multihulls.

So, again to a mast stepped on the median beam, at 40 per cent of the general size aft of the bow. On the scales, the sunshine displacement has lowered by 1,000 kg or 5 per cent in comparison with the 50. With the construction lightened by 750kg, a rig that’s greater than 6ft ft shorter and an overlapping genoa, the Lagoon 51 is designed to be livelier on the water than her predecessor.

Nevertheless, following the stormy circumstances endured on the boat present, simply 36 hours later the ocean was like a millpond, so we set out by placing the dual 80hp Yanmar engines to the take a look at. The facility is proof that the Lagoon 51 tries to supply commonplace tools that’s extra appropriate for extra customers than supplied elsewhere, when a beautiful ‘from’ worth hardly ever coincides with what purchasers want.

The Lagoon 51’s proprietor’s format, which incorporates 4 cabins, a dressing space and three bogs, is the usual model.

As we waited for the thermal breeze promised by the forecast for the early afternoon, we made a direct course at eight knots, with the engines at 2,200rpm every consuming 5.2-5.5 litres per hour and giving a spread of over 750nm. From the flybridge, Belmont was having fun with a 360-degree view, so we took the chance to take a look throughout the boat.

Automobile Styling, Higher Entry

In addition to quantity and inside consolation, the Lagoon 51 incorporates a robust concentrate on exterior design. Former automobile designer Patrick le Quément — now related to VPLP for a brand new life in boating — works on each element. A bow angle, a topside line, a bimini radius: nothing escapes him.

Along with his very elaborate coachroof, it’s clear that underneath his impetus, the Lagoon vary typically and this new 51 specifically has develop into but extra elegant, with the angle minimize behind the facet home windows our solely reservation.

The priority for a extra harmonious catamaran was one thing shared by all these concerned within the challenge. For instance, in cooperation with Lancelin rope producers, the halyards at the moment are of the identical shade, having previously been too brightly colored. They are often recognized by a related variety of strands of applicable colors for every of the reefs — one, two or three — or within the axis for the halyards, for instance.

These are particulars in comparison with the eye paid to entry and circulation. This begins on the transoms, with simpler entry for stepping aboard because of their form and positioning, which brings them nearer to the dock. Their measurement can be extra welcoming and there’s no have to jostle when getting off the dinghy — three individuals can stand collectively with out getting in one another’s approach.

Solely two steps up and the cockpit and the complete nacelle are instantly accessible as a result of the sugarscoops are barely increased off the water and the thickness between the underside of the bridgedeck and the cockpit sole has been lowered.

This advantages the cockpit, whose huge floor space is split into three zones. An adjustable plancha grill is subsequent to the aft bench seat, a lounger occupies the starboard facet, and an L-shaped bench seat surrounds the desk on the port facet. A part of the seat may be shifted ahead to enlarge the desk when at anchor, as an example, however this hinders direct entry to the flybridge.

As soon as inside, with the bay window closed, engine noise reduces, and all the pieces is a luxurious and a pleasure. Fortunately, the cumbersome mast support-strut within the saloon of the 50 has disappeared.

Moreover, the proprietor’s hull is much more luxurious, with its self-importance/dressing space fitted as commonplace. As for the port hull, it provides three berths in the usual model. The furnishings and decor, signed by Italy’s Nauta Design, is as heat as ever, and the supplies are plush. We actually appreciated the big opening hatch by the mast foot. This can be an essential supply of pure air flow at anchor.

Strong Performer

Finally, the wind picked up as we received in sight of the Pyrenees and it was time to hoist the sails. A bit of journey onto the bimini to assist the battens clear the lazy jacks signifies {that a} much less perilous answer must be discovered, though as Belmont dealt with manoeuvres, it gave the impression to be baby’s play. Halyards and sheets all come again to the central helm station with the optionally available electrical winches.

From up there, you could have a perfect view of the sail plan. Below the Code 0, our pace was oscillating between 7.8 to eight knots, which was the true wind pace. Admittedly, we have been on a heading at 60 levels off the obvious, however even underneath genoa, we have been pleasantly stunned to exceed seven knots at 55 levels off the wind.

The return to a extra forward-set rig clearly influences the brand new sail-plan distribution. With Lagoon consulting the suppliers and even in search of the experience of an exterior design workforce, the mast now not has aggressive diamond stays for the genoas however two units of aft-swept spreaders.

Whereas being lighter, the profile of the mast divides the canvas higher and provides extra adjustment potentialities. As for the sails, they’ve been entrusted to Elvstrøm, famend as grasp sailmakers, whereas house owners can request sails constituted of recycled supplies, one other Lagoon initiative.

The 51 is the beginning of a brand new path for Lagoon. There’s an actual consciousness of the ecological affect of leisure boating, with 80 per cent of the carbon footprint of a ship coming from its use.

Crusing, pure air flow moderately than air-conditioning, extra photo voltaic panels, no or much less use of a generator, are all constructive indicators from this new mannequin, which maintains the model’s repute for consolation and high quality of end.

The subsequent main evolution will concern the engines, with a transfer to hybrid then electrical. Lagoon nonetheless wants to deal with the query of power storage, in accordance with Belmont, who’s eager to see nanotechnologies revolutionise the battery market.

Within the meantime, the brand new 51 pays consideration to its weight, strains, accessibility and life on board, with Lagoon creating an ever extra refined cruising expertise.

This text first appeared on Yacht Type.

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Rahul Diyashi
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