Lagoon launching 51 sailing catamaran
The French catamaran builder’s new Lagoon 51 has been developed to offer extensive solar panels on the flybridge as well as on the roof of the optional hardtop.
The Lagoon 51 is scheduled to debut at La Grande Motte
Following on the heels of the Lagoon 55 launched last year, Lagoon will debut its new 51 at this year’s International Multihull Show, which is scheduled to be held at La Grande Motte on France’s south coast from April 20-24.
Like most Lagoon models, the 50ft 4in cat with a 26ft 7in beam features naval architecture by France’s VPLP Design, exterior design by Patrick Le Quément of France and an interior by Italy’s Nauta Design.
The Lagoon has a beam of 26ft 7in
The yacht features a large flybridge with the option of solar panels, an optional hardtop that can also be fitted with solar panels, and a traditional cockpit with aft sofa in contrast to the ‘open terrace on the sea’ seen on the 55.
Lagoon says the flybridge occupies 80 per cent of the roof, with two large sunpads forward of the helm station and aft of the mast. The main social area features a huge C-shaped seating area, with the forward sofa featuring two adjustable backrests so the skipper seat and companion seats can face aft to the central table, which can be lowered to create a large sunbathing area.
Solar panels can be fitted on the flybridge and hardtop roof
The flybridge is accessed by stairs on both sides, to port for the helmsman and to starboard for the guests. The flybridge features full headroom, so can be safely used underway.
Solar panels can be fitted on all the outside areas of the flybridge and on top of the hardtop, itself an option. The solar-powered technology provides more than 3,400W to operate on-board services.
Large transoms flank the high-low central platform
On the main deck, the Lagoon 51 starts aft with large, wide transoms, which provide safe access to the dock and the water, while the central high-low platform has been developed in association with Tenderlift. Combined, the platforms provide a full-beam platform by the sea.
Two small steps from each transom lead to the cockpit, which has a long aft sofa, a sofa and table to port, and a wide two-seat sofa or chaise longue plus wet bar to starboard.
The foredeck can be covered by a shade sail
The wide side decks lead to the foredeck, which has a C-shaped sofa, a coffee table and cupholders, while a large shade sail can be erected to cover the area.
VPLP Design said: “We designed the Lagoon 51 as a perfect synthesis of the modernity of the shapes and the sail plan, with living space on deck and inside that is unequalled on a boat of this size.”
The lounge is up a step from the aft galley area
The interior starts with the saloon, which has the mast at the forward end, so offers clear views all around, while Alpi woods and oak are among new wood finishes. The saloon features an L-shaped galley with cooking area and sink to port, while opposite is identical L-shaped cabinetry with storage, serving and prep space, and fridge drawers.
Up a step is the lounge, which features a forward-facing sofa and an L-shaped sofa providing seating to port and forward around a foldable table. “The stepped-up lounge of the saloon offers the best panoramic, 360-degree views over the water,” Nauta Design said.
The master suite in the owner’s layout
The lower-deck layouts include an owner version with the master suite plus sofa, vanity desk and walk-in dressing room occupying the starboard hull, plus a further three guest cabins to port. A four-cabin, four-head layout features two en-suite cabins in each hull, while a six-cabin, four-head layout includes an extra cabin inside, forward of the stairs.
As well as the option of solar panels, other sustainable solutions on the Lagoon 51 include the use of hemp fibre to replace fibreglass wherever possible, together with partially biosourced resin, while 100 per cent ecological and biodegradable cleaning products are included. Proposed options include upholstery in recycled fabric and the use of Alpi wood certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
The full-length master suite in the starboard hull
Lagoon’s range now comprises seven sailing cats – 40, 42, 46, 51, 55, Sixty 5 and Seventy 7 – and the Sixty 7 and Seventy 8 powercats. The French builder launched its 6,000th catamaran in 2021 and is represented in multiple markets in Asia by Simpson Marine.
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