New Models 2021: Sailing Catamarans
Lagoon, Sunreef and Bali are among leading catamaran builders who have released new sailing models in 2021.
Among world premieres at Cannes, the Lagoon 55 is also among the year’s most exciting new catamarans. Featuring naval architecture by VPLP Design, exterior design by Patrick le Quément and an interior by Nauta Design, the Lagoon 55 succeeds the Lagoon 52 but is a whole new class, 2ft 4in longer and almost 6ft wider, with four, five or six cabins.
It also has a full flybridge with an L-shaped sofa, foldable dining table and a full-width sunbathing area aft, a wet bar to starboard aft of the helm bench seat and even a large sunbathing area forward on the coachroof. However, its signature feature is arguably its redesigned aft cockpit, which Lagoon describes as “an open terrace on the sea”.
Inspired by motor yachts, the extra-large cockpit includes a large dining area opposite a wet bar, aft-facing sofas on each side and a raised daybed to starboard.
The steps from the two transoms have been moved inwards to free up space for sitting or lying by the water, or even cooking at the optional plancha to port. Other options include a retractable bench seat to starboard. Simpson Marine has already sold a unit into China that’s scheduled to arrive by the end of the year.
The Sunreef 70 is another world premiere at Cannes and rounds out the Polish builder’s new generation of sailing cats, which also includes the 50, 60 and 80. The Sunreef 70 has a beam of 35ft 5in and the first two hulls, Ocean Vibes and Ginette, exemplify how much the shipyard can customise living areas.
The model can feature the galley in the saloon or in the hulls, where an almost limitless array of options includes up to six cabins excluding the forepeaks. All Sunreef’s new-generation of sailing and power catamarans are now available in an Eco version featuring the builder’s own solar panels and electric propulsion and other green technology.
Bali’s sailing catamarans currently range from the 40ft Catspace Sail to the 5.4 and all apart from the flagship are less than two years old. The Bali 4.2 (Review, Issue 61) is one of its 2021 models and the 42-footer is having its world premiere at Cannes.
Bali’s second-smallest sailing cat, the 4.2 is another example of the French builder’s winning formula, with brand signatures including the lifting ‘Bali door’ that completely opens the saloon to the cockpit.
Other key brand features include the forward saloon door and the solid foredeck, as well as the enormous, home-style fridge-freezer, while the 4.2 has lounging areas on the flybridge and the option of three or four cabins.
The new 4.8 is Bali’s second-biggest model, offering all the brand’s signature features and up to six cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a rarity on a sub-50ft sailing cat. Meanwhile, dealer Asiamarine has ordered a specially customised unit for Asia.