Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Catamarans Innovators Since 1984


Lagoon catamarans provide spacious and convivial living areas, enabling free circulation between interior and exterior while also integrating luxurious cabins optimizing comfort at every design aspect.

"Lagoon gives priority to life on board," explains Marc Van Peteghem, the creator alongside Vincent Lauriot-Prévost of the naval architecture design office, VPLP, internationally renowned for their multihulls.

"Each Lagoon must be different, while belonging to the same family. We endeavor to maintain this feeling of coherence and harmony, when sailing on board a Lagoon. Additionally, as our DNA inclines us to draw seaworthy, safe boats, we strive to reach high, very high performance levels."

Pressurized hot water systems, cooling units or air conditioning: comfort aboard a cruising sailing boat requires a certain amount of equipment that must be installed using the most rigorous standards.

But these choices have weight - in nautical language, one refers to displacement - to them and the Lagoon designers watch this very closely. Between the men and women that create our catamarans at Lagoon, a type of emulation transpires through their communication, allowing ideas and innovation to bounce off one another. "We are on the same wavelength regarding our objectives. "Marc Van Peteghem adds.

We start off with a global plan, which will be differently assimilated, be it with the shipyard or the Nauta designers; there is no ego issue - we have debates and we have fun!”

With different assimilations applied globally, be it with a shipyard or the Nauta Designers; there is no issue with egos - we have debates and we have fun! Talking through our ideas and how we can better the design of our catamarans is proud belief our teams carry, across all departments and partnerships. 

It was during one these exchanges that the "gull shaped" nacelle was decided on for smoother sailing, and that the hulls are now infusion built, enabling the adjustment of resin needed and thus, facilitating the use of sandwich balsa. It also led to a generalisation of portholes in the hulls and the mast step further aft, which helps to decrease pitching and makes it easier to maneuver the mainsail, whose shape is higher and more narrow.

Indeed, we began by discussing weight and here we are talking about the shape of the sails: as Marc van Peteghem reminds us, each element on a boat is linked to another with an invisible thread, a logical idea that creates her unity. To describe the maneuvering of a Lagoon, only two words come to mind: simplicity and reliability.

Under each hull, no centerboard - too fragile and complicated to use - but a robust fin keel, efficient under sail and useful for protecting the hulls and the rudders in case of grounding. The helm station (from where the mainsail is also adjusted), is offset from the large cockpit designed for conviviality, but remains accessible to anyone.

The Lagoon team dynamics leads to audacious advances, such as the creation of a forward cockpit on units over 12 meters. In a nutshell, each day is an adventure and we promise many more wonderful surprises.



"VPLP Design is awesome. Their knowledge of multihulls is phenomenal and their experience unique. I believe they are the best," states Martina Torrini, Lagoon's general project manager. "With them, we can develop concrete ideas."

VPLP were at first just a duo that had graduated from Southampton University of Naval Architecture. It was in 1983 that Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and Marc Van Peteghem initially joined forces to design their first trimaran, already equipped with foils.

A year later, in 1984, Marc and Vincent won an award for a small competition. They conceived a 55 foot cruising catamaran. Four units were bought based solely on the architectural plans: the beginning of the Lagoon saga.

With a flying start, VPLP continued to harvest success - such as their BMW Oracle trimaran, the 2010 winner of the 33rd America's Cup - and remains Lagoon's exclusive architect.

"As I see it, the relationship with the elements is very important, such as lighting and circulation on board," explains Marc Van Peteghem. "The wonderful thing about a sailing boat is that it enables a reappropriation of time. When sailing, the journey is as important as the destination."

In the last few years, the word Design has been added to VPLP, with the arrival of Patrick le Quément. This living legend of the automotive design industry has rewritten his career and transformed his creativity to focus on the style of sailing boats. The Lagoon 42 and the Seventy 7 are notably, the result of this symbiosis, which continues to be promising.

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