Welcoming the New Lagoon 55: Sailing in Philippine Waters Soon
April 15, 2022
Groupe Bénéteau’s Lagoon brand is one of the world’s most recognizable names in the design and production of catamaran boats. The French boatbuilder has spent decades building a reputation for safe, reliable, and finely crafted multi-hulls. Given the high ceiling Lagoon has set for itself, as well as for other catamaran manufacturers, some yachting insiders have wondered whether there’s still space for innovation. But Lagoon has proven once again that it is willing to reinvent the wheel and set a new standard for catamaran cruising in its launch of the new Lagoon 55.
This update of the original model still possesses everything yachting fans know to be a part of Lagoon’s DNA. But in many respects—especially with regard to the flow of space on the boat—the new Lagoon 55 is peerless. Naval architectural agency VPLP Design and consultant Patrick Le Quément, together with yacht design firm Nauta Design, have spared no ounce of creativity in getting the smallest details right for the boat’s exterior and interior designs, respectively. To quote Le Quément in their team’s vision for the boat, “nothing has been left to chance.” The level of craftsmanship done on the Lagoon 55 is not meant to turn heads—but to entice customers to actively choose this boat among other boats.
Here’s what Filipinos should know about the Lagoon 55 courtesy of Europa Yachts, the country’s exclusive dealer of Lagoon catamarans. The attention to detail and richness of cruising experiences possible on the Lagoon 55 guarantee freshness and excitement, even to the seasoned yachtsman.
Setting a New Sailing Legacy Out to Sea
The first Lagoon 55 was launched in 1987, only a few years after the Lagoon brand was born. This was one of the many catamaran models that gained for Lagoon its reputation as a market leader. Building on the strengths of its predecessor, the new Lagoon 55—released last March 2021—is a similarly sturdy, spacious, and comfortable boat. But space flows differently on this 16.56-meter beauty, which is intended to be like a terrace over the water.
This catamaran sports two Dacron sails: one high roach mainsail with battens and one self-tacking jib on furler. Consistent with other Lagoon boats, the mast of the Lagoon 55 is moved aft of the vessel and the winches are located in front. Thanks to its flat winder, all winches direct back to the helm. This makes the Lagoon 55 a breeze to sail short-handedly or single-handedly.
This new Lagoon 55 model stands out for its wide and inviting transom, meant to be the ultimate outdoor living space. It is the designers’ wish that all passengers aboard the Lagoon 55 can find their own favorite spot on the boat. When it’s time to come together, guests can convene on the transom’s 12-seater table for lunch or prepare snacks and drinks from the outside galley.
The Lagoon 55 also has a flybridge accessible from the port side. Along with lounging areas located both front and aft, the flybridge houses a luxurious helming station with a cushy double seat. At the starboard side, the flybridge also features its own sink, refrigerator, cupholders, chopping board, and push-up lamp.
The forward area has even more lounge space and the option to use either a fabric cockpit enclosure or sun awning for extra shade. Only a retractable window separates the forward cockpit from the saloon, achieving a streamlined effect between the boat’s interior furniture and exterior amenities. Not only does this improve circulation on the catamaran, it also gives passengers a sense of attunement with one another.
The Inside of the Lagoon 55: The Ultimate Refuge
Inside, the Lagoon 55 boasts a 27-square-meter living space with upholstered seats, a fully equipped galley, a bar, and shelves. The interiors are tastefully finished with walnut wood. Fresh air and ample natural light can come in from the side windows and overhead windows, the latter of which is seamlessly integrated from the coachroof. Even when tucked away inside, passengers will always feel like they’re one with their marine environment.
For entertainment, there’s a TV that slides down from an electric lift. The panel it rests on can swing either port or starboard, depending on where guests are seated. There’s also a chart table on the port side that allows full access to the boat’s electronics.
The Lagoon 55’s indoor galley is conveniently located between the aft cockpit and the dinette, which makes it easy to serve passengers in either area. Preparing meals, cocktails, or hot drinks will be a joy on the galley’s neatly layouted cooking surfaces. It houses basics like a stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. But below deck, there’s also a secondary galley area that serves as a pantry and laundry area—a key feature for families that want to go on long liveaboard cruises.
Lastly, guests can expect restful evenings in the cabins, which are all furnished with large beds, individual desk areas, generous storage, and functional heads with their own sinks and shower areas. There are 4-cabin, 5-cabin, and even 6-cabin versions of the Lagoon 55 available. Even a large family or group of friends can enjoy the spaciousness of this home out on the sea.
Be the First in Line to Discover the Lagoon 55 with Europa Yachts
As the exclusive dealer of Lagoon boats in the country, Europa Yachts is ready to welcome the arrival of the Lagoon 55 on Philippine waters. To inquire about this model or to place an order of your own, contact us at (+632) 7255 7116 or email email@example.com. Enjoy the timeless craftsmanship that is singular to Lagoon, updated for a new yachting generation in the Philippines.