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LAGOON SEVENTY 7 LAGOON IS BRINGING IT ON!

Published on 01 december 2016 at 0h00

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Catamarans in the over-75 feet bracket are not widespread on the world market and are all one-off builds. Lagoon has had an eye on this sector for quite a while now and has just joined in the game like the master player it is. As a matter of fact, the superyacht knowledge of CNB, partner of the Bordeaux shipyard and subsidiary of the Bénéteau Group, has allowed them to combine their skills and industrial know-how which is essential to building and marketing extraordinary catamarans. Here, as an exclusive preview, we test the latest sensational catamaran: the SEVENTY 7.

A bit of background to the early pioneers and big boats

CNB was founded in 1987 by Dieter Gust and Olivier Lafourcade at the Sud Ouest shipyards in Bordeaux, France (this was the yard which was responsible for the building of the 5-masted France II), to build big aluminum monohulls. Mari Cha II (a 92’ German Frers design) was launched in 1989, the first in a long line of unique boats which helped to establish the CNB brand in the world of elite sailing superyacht builders. They went from strength to strength. In 1992 CNB joined the Bénéteau group and opened up to big custom boats built in composite. Building Lagoons of over 50 feet was later to be brought into the Bordeaux factory before they diversified into a semi-custom range (the Bordeaux 60 and Bordeaux 76 monohulls). Jeanneau Techniques Avancées had been established in 1982 by a team of multihull fans, led by Jean-François de Prémorel, to build racing prototypes. They built 50-odd prestigious models (Pierre 1er, part of RMO, the huge catamaran Fleury Michon VII, the trimarans for the film “Waterworld” and the Irens-designed F40s, among others) prior to launching the Lagoon 55 in 1985, then the 57: these were giants in the...

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