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LAGOON 400:A SUCCESSFUL SYNTHESIS

Published on 01 august 2009 at 10h37

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With the 380, Lagoon reinvented the culture of space aboard medium-sized catamarans; this model was world champion in its category in production (600 boats), but its performance under sail lacked a little punch. The 400 has arrived in the middle of a crisis, and sent its two predecessors, the 380 and the 410, back to the drawing board! We spent three days aboard, to get to know it.

Clear positioning of the range

Lagoon’s maturity and the support of the Bénéteau group have allowed production strategies and relevant choices of range to be adopted, despite economic difficulties. Covering the greater part of the comfortable catamaran market with 3 models (400-500-600) rationalises manufacture and stimulates marketing, whilst clarifying the message sent to potential purchasers.

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A streamlined sail plan and square-headed main complete the good work carried out on the hulls; the Lagoon is a lively catamaran.

A delicate succession

Taking over from two boats (380 and 410) which have been leaders for 10 years is a challenge fraught with consequences. The means must be found to appeal in a very competitive segment, and fix an attractive tariff, capable of appealing to those who liked the two previous versions, with just one offer!

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This 12m catamaran is full of clever features which make life pleasant, without trying to amaze us.

The search for balance

The 400’s designers display noble ambitions: to progress with the strong points and reduce the inadequacies! Liveable volume, ergonomics and light form the major arguments for the 380-410; pushing ...

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