Test / Positioning, architecture and design of the Lagoon 46, the challenge taken up

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Our test of the Lagoon 46 is important. As important as this segment is in terms of sales. It is extremely coveted by all those involved in family cruising catamarans.

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The Lagoon 46 is the last of the range to follow the voice of its big brother, the 50 and its little brother the 40. Mast refocused for a better distribution of sail surfaces, large hull portholes to let the light in and see larger in all compartments: flybridge, cockpit, hulls, nacelle. For catamarans of this size, this is in fact the leitmotif of the 5-door, 5-seater family wagon, except that this is on the water, with two hulls for six to ten people.

Greatness on every floor

Extend interior and exterior habitability without compromising performance and providing maximum comfort features. Here's the equation for designers to solve. VPLP with the intervention of Patrick Le Quément, coming from the car design and Nauta for the interior fittings officiates to endow this 46 feet with new aptitudes, for always more space, comfort and pleasure within the framework of ambitious deep-sea navigations. The aim is also to make the manoeuvre easier for small crews, or those who are not too experienced, or who simply don't want to get sweaty on the first tack

A design integrating interior and exterior space

The design of the hulls presents, as for its elders, a reserve in the sides in order to integrate, aesthetically, the large portholes, but not only. This gives material for a very pronounced exterior and especially interior step which allows to accommodate queen size beds (1.60m) in the shape of an island in the forward cabins. The design of the roof cap does not disavow its name and conceals a spacious flybridge housing the helm and manoeuvring station as well as a very large sundeck that can be covered with a bimini or a hard top if necessary.

Streamlined construction for semi-custom

While the units above 50 feet are produced in Bordeaux, the entry-level models are manufactured at the Belleville sur Vie (Vendée) plant in a single production line, ending with a pool, inspired by automobile construction. With more than 2,500 catamarans produced and the power of the Bénéteau Group in the background, the manufacture of Lagoons in polyester/glass/balsa sandwich was one of the first in the world to be carried out under infusion. The experience gained benefits the quality of the finishes which has improved over the decades. In particular, cabinet veneers use reconstituted wood for ecological purposes, but also to guarantee stability over time against the aggressions generated by shocks, the marine environment and ultraviolet rays compared to a traditional sheet of wood.

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