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Published on 21 june 2016 at 0h00

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Second-hand Lagoon 380 Hard to do better!

If we have included this in the second-hand section, it’s because 800 examples have been sold since 2000 – quite a record, and one which will be hard to beat! Thus there are permanently 10 to 20 boats being offered for sale, in Europe and on the American continent, as well as in the Tropics. But despite the competition from the 39, this model remains in the Lagoon catalogue. Its secret? A subtle volume/performance compromise, and an excellent load-carrying capacity for a boat less than 40 feet long. But don’t delude yourself: in light weather, with less than 10 knots of wind, the 380 relies on its powerful engines – 18 or 28 hp. From moderate conditions upwards, it displays honest performance, from a close reach to a run. It is even capable of an average of 10 knots in a good breeze. The smallest and oldest Lagoon in the catalogue is therefore very suitable for a nice Atlantic circuit. It just lacks a few additional lockers. And it’s not easy to climb the very high coachroof. But the deck plan is neat, with control lines converging towards the steering position. In the under 12 meter category, the 380 remains the most comfortable family catamaran, thanks to its incredible volume. Of course, the silhouette suffers. The hulls are very high and wide, and the nacelle is huge. But this is the price paid for the 380’s ability to accommodate two couples and four children. The hulls are quite wide, so one or two double cabins can ...

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