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Lagoon 420/421- Priority: comfort...and volume!

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Here is a model which without a doubt represents Lagoon’s most comfortable offering in this size – perhaps even too comfortable, certain people would object. But with its load-carrying capacity and the pleasure of life aboard, the 420, later offered as the 421, is quite a ‘best of’!

Do you remember the Lagoon 420? Launched in September 2006, this cat had no hang-ups about displaying a bulky coachroof and a very high freeboard. With this model, the company certainly designed its most comfort-oriented boat. A bold gamble, but one which finally paid off, as 179 Lagoon 420s were built in three years. But the real challenge was to develop hybrid propulsion, then a 100% motor version with the same platform. After an intense test campaign – transatlantic, West Indies – Lagoon thus presented a catamaran propelled exclusively by a Leroy Somer hybrid system. The first 70 models, a year’s production, were delivered with this set-up. The system was a little disappointing from a performance point of view, and had reliability problems. Lagoon decided to give a lifetime guarantee, and more rationally, offered traditional diesel replacement engines to all the owners. All accepted...except two! 

Athwartships forward berths

Bruno Belmont, the Sailing projects director for the Beneteau Group, gave the architects and the R&D department a stiff challenge – to incorporate athwartships berths in the forward cabins. Hence the very high freeboard – especially close to the bows –...

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