Launched in 2004, the Lagoon 440 catamaran was the first catamaran under 45 feet to boast a fly bridge and an unprecedented nacelle in the shape of a gull’s wing. With the production of 432 units, the Lagoon 440 catamaran broke world records for the under-45 feet range of catamaran.
DESIGN – EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
Designed by shipyard Jeanneau, the main designing objective of the Lagoon 440 was enhanced speed and reduced pitching.
Accessed by a sliding door, the Lagoon 440 has a large saloon which can easily be populated by 8 people. The pale wooden finishing of the light interior has a calming effecting, pronounced by the air conditioning system which can be controlled separately. The vertical windows characteristic to Lagoon not only give a panoramic view through the saloon but also allow for sunlight to filter through without heating up the interior.
The curvaceous settee in the lounge with its chunky upholstery makes for a comfortable sitting space and faces the L-shaped galley which with its spacious counters comes equipped with three stainless-steel sinks and a three-burner stove along with an oven, fridge and a freezer. There is also a sliding window which can be opened for fresh air or to reach out to the aft cockpit. All of the cockpit is protected by a fiberglass hard top which gives further control over the weather inside the catamaran through air conditioners and heaters. There is also plenty of storage space in the form of cupboards lining the top of the galley.
The owner’s version of the Lagoon 440 catamaran replaces the two cabins on the starboard hull in the charter version with a private suite. The private suite has a 175 cm island master berth with the same pale wooden finishing and also boasts a comfortable settee along with storage space in the form of a hanging locker, cupboards underneath the bed and drawers. There is also a vanity table with a stool that can be pulled out and a separate, spacious shower compartment. The wide window in the cabin allows for light but only opens one-way to ensure privacy. The other two cabins in the port hull also house double berths and attached shower compartments but the cabins are not as large as the master suite.
In terms of space on the deck, the Lagoon 440 has been divided into three main parts, namely the flybridge helm, the aft cockpit, and the forward seating area. This allows for multiple spaces to be occupied by people on board without them interfering with one another.
Given that the Lagoon 440 catamaran is the first catamaran under the 45 feet range to have a flybridge to where all the sail-handling lines lead, it not only provides excellent visibility of all four sides of the vessel to the person on sails – allowing efficient and complete viewing of both the mainsails and the jibs – but also allows the same person to work the lines without leaving the helm. The bimini covering the helm station, however, is small and can be in want of a better enclosure to protect the rest of the crew. The flybridge is elevated enough to prevent the spraying of water while on passage but that does not mean it requires extra effort while docking as it is still to a level close enough to that of the deck. The helm station has the main steer in the center with mainsail winches behind and gauges and other three winches on the sides.
The aft cockpit can be converted into a dining place with a table that can be stored in the ceiling storage compartment. There is not only plentiful storage space for non-perishables with storage cabinets running along the bench but the aft cockpit also houses a spare refrigerator. As previously mentioned, the cockpit is backed with a fiberglass enclosure and has two small windows that open into the helm and allow for ventilation.
The side-decks are spacious and allow enough to room walk freely with stainless steel grab-rails providing the safety mechanism all around. The fore-deck also offers two supple trampolines right in front of the forward sitting area. The forward sitting area is also comfortably spacious and has hatches that open into the interior.
The Lagoon 440 catamaran has two Volvo Penta diesel engines of 40 horsepower each which are in separate, easily accessible compartments in the sugar scoops with enough room for engine checks and maintenance. The generator is placed in one of the lockers aft of the cabins and is well-insulated and soundproofed.
The Lagoon 440 catamaran has a full length of 13.61 meters and a width of 7.70 meters. The mast height from the waterline is 21.40 meters. It has a total displacement of 12150 kilograms. The total water reserve capacity is 900 liters divided into three 300 liters reserve. The fuel reserve comprises of a pair of 325 liters each. Lagoon 42 catamaran has a sail area of 1248 sq. feet.
The price for Lagoon 440 catamaran ranges from $330,000 to $400,000.
In conclusion, the spacious layout of the Lagoon 440 catamaran provides for a good family voyage option while its unique flybridge equipped with winches gives a rather interesting skipper experience. Its four cabins and four heads along with the seating arrangements in the forward and aft cockpits also offer the exciting opportunity of entertaining guests and hosting a party – the galley, of course, is equipped well enough to provide for the food.