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Lagoon 400 Minimum length and maximum volume for leaving

Launched in 2009, the 400 is still in the world’s leading catamaran builder’s catalogue... But as over 500 examples have now been sold, it is already a standard on the second-hand market.

Compared to most 40-foot catamarans, the beam of this 400’s hulls and its high freeboard are impressive...yet after the 100% comfort-oriented 420, which motored well, this model marks a slight backward step in the bid for more volume. Here, whatever the purists may say, an eye has been kept on the performance aspect, with a tall rig (taller than that of a Nautitech 44), a square-headed mainsail (it was an option, and we recommend it!) and 100% sailing hulls. Indeed the sail area/weight ratio is 8.16 m²/t, whilst the ever-popular 380 displays 10.61. But we are dealing with a very beamy platform: 7.25m as against 6.50 for the Lavezzi 40, its competitor at the time. Have a look between the hulls: you will find a very carefully designed surface under the nacelle, perched 50 to 70 cm above the sea.
While maneuvering in the harbor, you will however have to beware of the significant windage with the wind on the beam. As for the rest, by playing with the two gearboxes, the 400 is very maneuverable. The builder offered two 29 hp motors as standard, and a pair of 40s as an option. As for sail handling, many models are equipped with electric winches. All control lines – sheets, reef pendant...

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