The Lagoon 42 has been an industry (and now a consumer) favorite since it was launched. It was awarded the 2017 "Boat of the Year" by Cruising World in the "less than 50 feet catamaran" category, making this the fourth award for the Lagoon 42 in one year! We did a quick tour of the L42 again at the Miami boat show and were very impressed. Check out our video tour of the Lagoon 42 at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show at right.
We had a chance to tour the Ipanema 58 at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show in February. It is a very nice and luxurious catamaran and the flagship of the Fountaine Pajot catamaran range.
The Ipanema 58 is a boat designed enjoy sailing and the lifestyle in great comfort and style. The exterior entertainment areas are spacious and comfortable including a 225 ft² cockpit, a forward deck for sunbathing, and a plush flybridge with two entrances.
Interior living spaces are luxurious and available in two options with a galley up or down. Spacious and bright cabins with very modern styling. The Maestro version offers 5 cabins with an owner’s suite or 6 spacious and identical cabins. The Lounge version, offers 4 cabins with a spacious owner’s suite. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Lagoon Catamarans graciously invited our team and our clients for a private viewing of the Lagoon Seventy7 in Miami this week. The Seventy7 is everything and more that one would expect on a mega yacht. My video may not do it complete justice, so do take a moment at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show to view this magnificent yacht! (By appointment only).
In designing the Lagoon Seventy7, Lagoon managed to assemble a great team for its flagship: VPLP, Patrick Le Quément and Nauta Design. Together they have produced a luxuriously elegant and innovative sailing catamaran.
The main deck is on one level and flows from the aft cockpit, through the salon onto the forward cockpit and trampolines. The fly-bridge is huge with twin steering stations and entertainment areas, including wet bar, grill and fridges and they have a Jacuzzi as an option. The owner suite with opening balcony on the side hull is a very neat feature and is sure to draw attention! Engine upgrades, different sail plans and furniture are but a few of the specifications that are available to change to the owner’s specifications. They also offer various layout options, customized to owner’s specifications.
Cruising World Magazine released their “Boat of The Year 2017” winners in early December 2016. The prestigious judging panel declared: “Catamarans, catamarans, catamarans: Never in the 22-year history of our annual Boat of the Year competition have we seen so many catamarans.” Yup, we had a big slew of great new catamaran designs hit the boat shows in 2016 and each of them found a niche!
Two of the award winners, the Xquisite X5 and the Leopard 45, are also on Catamaran Guru's list, 2016 Top 5 Cruising Catamarans Picks. Two more catamarans, the Balance 526 and the Lagoon 42, were also high on our list of considerations. We did not pick the Balance 526 because we simply have not been on the boat and do not know enough to give an informed opinion but we hope to meet up with Phil Berman to get an education. Any new owners of a Balance 526, we would love to hear from you!
Check out the new Fountaine Pajot 47 video! The new FP 47 is due to be launched in April 2017. Yet before the year began, the model sold out well into 2017. The new FP 47 has great living space including a huge open-plan cockpit designed for entertaining with integrated BBQ and an innovative new tender lift that doubles as a swimming platform. The swim platform / dinghy lift is THE biggest selling point for this catamaran!
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