Update from the Multihull Show 2022 Including The Lagoon 51 – World Premiere
Lagoon 51 World Premiere at La Grande Motte Multihull Show 2022
After a two year break due to covid, Europe’s largest multihull show was back this weekend and despite the very non Mediterranean weather, visitors were out in force once again. The Ancasta Multihull Team were able to be there for the world premier of the anticipated Lagoon 51, the latest model from Lagoon Catamarans, the world’s largest multihull builders.
She was certainly worth the wait! From the moment you step on board (very easily it turns out, given the completely redesigned transoms that allow easy one step access from the side of the pontoon), Lagoon have once again designed a cat with style, performance and comfort but she is most definitely not style at the expense of function.
From bow to stern the Lagoon 51 is packed with some very nifty features. The extra wide transoms form a vast aft balcony/swim platform when used in conjunction with the Tenderlift, making it a perfect place to sip a cocktail or two with your feet in the water or to watch the kids perfect their water bombs. From the transoms it’s just two short steps into the enormous aft cockpit. Plenty of seating and an extendable table provide more than enough space for meals with family and friends, with the cockpit fridge and bar all within easy reach. The addition of a rotating electric griddle at the aft of the cockpit, which can be spun around to face aft, is a genius idea as you can easily fire up the grill from the aft transom, thus avoiding those inadvertent fat spits splattering into the cockpit.
Want to join the sailing action on the flybridge? The stairs on each side of the aft cockpit (one for guest area access and one for helm access) make this easy and safe without interfering or getting in the way of the helmsman and sailing equipment. Once up there, there are plenty of options to enjoy the view, whether it’s sitting beside the helmsman, kicking back on the integrated sofas behind the helm or soaking up the rays on the massive sunbathing pads just forward of the helm, it’s a tough choice! And of course, as with all Lagoons, most of the sailing manoeuvres can be handled from the helm station.
If you don’t fancy lounging in the aft cockpit or flybridge, or maybe you just want a bit of “me time”, the forward cockpit with its lounge area and coffee table completes the choices for outdoor relaxation.
Seamlessly stepping from the aft cockpit into the saloon area you are struck by the amount of space and light it offers. Lagoon have taken the decision to step the mast forward on the Lagoon 51, giving uninterrupted 360 degree views from the saloon area which is also helped by placing a step up and raising the saloon seating area. The new wood in alpi light oak, well placed lighting and super thick cushions convey a feeling of luxurious warmth and comfort, a place all of us would be more than happy to chill and relax in.
On to the galley, even the most serious of amateur cooks is not going to be disappointed by the galley. The fully integrated stove top, oven, dishwasher and fridge/freezers are all laid out in a stylish but practical way whilst not overlooking the ever important storage space.
Available in three layout options the model at the show was presented as the owner’s version (four cabins / three heads). The owner’s suite to starboard is a true sanctuary, with a large bright double berth aft, desk / seating space, bathroom with double sinks and separate head are all fitted out to the highest standard. The generous storage space includes a walk-in wardrobe, probably a first in a boat of this size, so no excuses for looking crumpled if you decide to venture ashore.
In the guest hull there are two large double cabins fore and aft each with it’s own en-suite and by stepping up the saloon area Lagoon have cleverly created extra head room and have been able to fit in another double berth midships. If you are thinking about chartering your boat occasionally this makes it a possibility without sacrificing your owner’s suite. The other layout options are four cabins/four heads and six cabins/four heads.
Lagoon have always been committed to a strategy of of minimising their impact on the environment, and to honour this commitment, the Lagoon 51 is equipped with a massive 3,500 watts of solar generated power. This has the ability to run all of the Lagoon 51’s on board systems autonomously (ex air conditioning) and allows for extensive, quiet, sailing with minimal use of the engines or geneset.
We haven’t been able to get out on the water yet on the Lagoon 51 but powered by twin 80HP engines and a generous sail plan we are looking forward to putting her through her paces and reporting back in the coming months.
In short the Lagoon 51 packs a lot in to her 15.34m. We at Ancasta International Boat Sales are sure that Lagoon Catamarans have another winner on their hands and will surely be adding more awards to their already packed awards shelf.