History of Lagoon Catamarans

catamaran in a deserted bay

We’re kicking off a new blog series featuring some of the most renowned and innovative boat manufacturers around the globe. This week, we’re featuring one of our favourite catamaran charter manufacturers, Lagoon. Read on to see how Lagoon catamarans made it starts from racing boats to constructing boats for the famous film, Waterworld, to establishing itself as a top manufacturer of luxury lagoon catamarans.

You can book your own Lagoon Catamaran for your next sailing holiday with Zizoo. 

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History of Lagoon Catamarans

Lagoon offers a diverse range of catamarans that are famed for their high-quality design, construction and performance. Born in 1984 as a part of Jeanneau Technologies Avancees (JTA), the legendary workshop for the development of high-tech completion prototypes, Lagoon catamarans was quickly recognised for their single-hull and multi-hull off-shore racing boats.

Between 1987 and 1996, Lagoon created a huge following through their launch of a special generation of offshore cruising catamarans for both private ownership and luxury yacht chartering. The Lagoon 55, 47, 57 and 67 successfully fused JTA’s revolutionary technology for the development of racing multihulls with the comfort and openness that leisurely cruisers and holiday goers crave. Lagoon catamarans have since been sought after for their exceptional design, maneuverability and spaciousness.

Lagoon catamarans
Image Source. Ancasta Multihulls

JTA-Lagoon also performed exceptionally well in various competitions in the 1980s and 1990s. Check out some of their victories below:

  • Discovery route 1985 (Fleury Michon 7)
  • Route du Rhum 1986 (Fleury Michon 8)
  • Europe One Star 1988 (Fleury Michon 9)
  • Atlantic solo record 1990 (Pierre 1er)
  • Route du Rhum 1990 (1st: Pierre 1er; 2nd: Fleury Michon 9; 3rd: R.M.O.)
  • Atlantic solo record 1993 (Primagaz)
  • Record for the distance covered in 24 hours in all categories 1993
  • established in solo (Primagaz)
  • Pacific Crossing: record in 1993 and 1995 (Lakota)
  • More than 20 victories in Grand Prix in Formula 1 and Formula 3000
  • 4 victories in the 24 Hours of Rouen.
  • 4th in the Admiral’s Cup 1989 (CGI 2)
  • 3rd in the Globe Challenge 1993 (Fleury Michon10)
  • 1st in the Mini-Transat 1997 and 1999 (Karen Liquide)
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Lagoon 420

Entering into the 21st century, Lagoon catamarans have established themselves as a leader in producing cruising cats. Some of the best design innovations of the second millennium include wide side windows offering a 360 degree view, an innovative flybridge and a hybrid engine. In fact, the Lagoon 420 Hybrid was the first serial production catamaran with a diesel-electric engine.

Lagoon catamarans
Image by Cinetropolis

Today, Lagoon is a part of CNB, a division of the Beneteau Group, offering a wide range of cruising catamarans between 38-78 feet. Lagoon catamarans are designed by French naval architects VPLP (Marc Van Peteghem-Vincent Lauriot Prevost) who have worked with the manufacturer since the inception of the Lagoon 55. In addition to the trimaran which won America’s Cup in 2010, VPLP made waves nearly two decades before through their designs for two trimarans that were used for shooting the movie Waterworld starring Kevin Costner.

Lagoon catamarans
Lagoon 630 MY

The most exciting edition to the Lagoon family is the Lagoon 630 MYthe ultimate luxury catamaran. In addition to comfort and excellent design, the 630 MY offers high quality performance and efficiency. In a matter of two weeks, the Lagoon 630 MY “Circumcat” completed a transatlantic crossing from the Canary Islands to Saint-Martin. Recently, we featured Nr.13, the Lagoon 630 MY in our Boat of the Week. You can also rent the Lagoon 630 MY while sailing in Croatia exclusively through Zizoo. You can also check out our other catamaran rental in the Mediterranean and the catamaran charter in the British Virgin Islands. If you are not sure which boat suits you best, read our guide for how to choose the right boat for you.

Catamaran Lagoon 40

Guests: 10-12
Cabins: 3-6
Bathrooms: 2-4

Why this boat is perfect for families:

  • Spacious for large families
  • Multiple storage space
  • Large hull window glazing for natural light and an outstanding view
  • Sleek and innovative design

Catamaran Lagoon 42

Guests: 9-12
Cabins: 3-6
Bathrooms: 2-5

Why this boat is perfect for families:

  • New ergonomics to ensure space and ease of circulation on board
  • An ingenious deck layout
  • Ensures safety and stability
  • The interior is featured by elegance and functionality
  • Highly performant and easy to sail