Second-hand test

Lagoon 500 One of the best choices for getting started. And with a flybridge as an added bonus!

Published on 01 august 2015 at 0h00

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The Lagoon 500 is typical of the “440 generation”, which succeeded the 410. The vertical panoramic windows remain, but the curves of the coachroof have given way to more angular lines. The 500 also brought us the concept of the flybridge, with its helm station raised up compared to that of its little brother. The debate began in 2006 with the 440 - for or against the flybridge. A debate which is still far from resolved… Lagoon remains a yard which is as provocative as it is innovative. Today’s catamaran sailors are more than aware of the well-founded principle, which leaves the cockpit entirely free for relaxation. The boom, however, is very high up, which can make stowing the main in the lazy bag a bit tricky, not to mention the issue of dealing with reefing lines. With an extra two meters of overall length compared to the 440, the 500 becomes a real ocean cruiser. And with that, even more ambitious projects can become a possibility. Maneuvering this model in harbor poses no difficulties: the visibility is good from the flybridge and the two motors (55 or 75 hp) set seven meters apart allow for tight turns with one motor ahead and the other astern. You get the same feeling when hoisting the sails: sure, an air draft the same length as a swimming pool is impressive, but in the end, sail handling maneuvers, cleverly concentrated around the three winches at the helm station, are easily managed. At the helm, perched on the flybridge, there’s little ...

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