LAGOON 400 REVIEW
Cruising World Review
With enough volume to let a crew live large, this new French-built catamaran carries the comforts to do just that.
A review from our March 2010 issue by Steve Callahan April 6, 2010
Multihull development in recent years has hit a fork in the road, with one path leading to record-setting speed machines and the other to vessels that carry all the comforts of a very upscale home. The new Lagoon 400 most definitely follows the latter trend, though its designers have proven themselves adept at speed, as well.
The latest creation from the multihull arm of Group Beneteau springs from the design offices of Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost. VPLP has long made spray with some of the world’s fastest multihulls, most recently the record-setting trimarans Banque Populaire and Groupama as well as BMW Oracle Racing’s trimaran in the America’s Cup. The Lagoon 400 is decidedly different, aiming instead to deliver luxurious living in a space comparable to that of a 60-foot monohull. Still, the Lagoon 400 is very much a sailboat, even in a single-digit breeze. On the day of our Chesapeake Bay test sail, twin hulls and a reasonably large sail plan helped drive the boat at 4.5 to 5.2 knots in 6 to 7 knots of wind when reaching with a screecher set on its short bowsprit. Under power, the 400 loped along at 7 knots, with 40-horsepower Yanmar diesels (30-horsepower engines are standard) running at only 2,200 rpm. As you’d expect, the twin diesels, set nearly 24 feet apart, back the boat up and twirl it around magically.