The naval architecture

The naval architecture

Avant-garde design, constant innovations, technical choices to serve performance, comfort at sea, space, safety, reliability ...

SHARED GENEROSITY

Lagoon catamarans are naturally generous. They provide spacious and convivial living areas, enabling free circulation between interior and exterior, while integrating luminous cabins.

"Lagoon gives priority to life on board", explains Marc Van Peteghem, the creator along with Vincent Lauriot-Prévost of the naval architecture design office, internationally renowned for its multihulls, VPLP. "Each Lagoon must be different, while belonging to the same family. We endeavour 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, even very high performance levels."

Pressurised hot water systems, cooling units or air conditioning: comfort aboard a cruising sailing boat requires a certain amount of equipment that must be installed, respecting the most rigorous standards. But these choices weigh - in nautical language, one refers to displacement - a point that the Lagoon designers watch like a hawk. It is because between the men and women that conceive Lagoons, a type of emulation transpires with communication, allowing ideas and innovation to bounce off one another like ping-pong balls... But without a smash!" 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!”

It was during 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 manoeuvre 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. Besides, to describe the manoeuvring of a Lagoon, only two words come to mind: simplicity and reliability. Under each hull, no centreboard - 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 metres. In a nutshell, each day is an adventure and we promise many more wonderful surprises.

VPLP

THE LAGOON SPIRIT

"VPLP Design is awesome. Their knowledge of multihulls is phenomenal and their experience unique. I believe they are the best", states Bruno Belmont, Lagoon general project manager. "With them, we can develop ideas concretely." VPLP was first a duo that had graduated from the 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.

Forward-thinking! A year later, in 1984, Marc and Vincent won an award for a small competition initiated by Florence Cathiard. They conceived a 55 foot cruising catamaran. Four units were sold based on the architectural plans: it was the beginning of the Lagoon saga. With a flying start, VPLP continued to harvest success - such as BMW Oracle, 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, 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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