The new design is a collaboration between exterior designer Patrick Le Quement and the naval architects of France’s VPLP Design, renowned for their racing hulls. As with all Lagoons, the underside of the gullwing bridgedeck was configured to minimize pounding in rough seas. Her other great features include glazed vertical windows that bend around corners to cut down on heat inside, a composite bimini that angles up to give the impression of suspension and a circular coachroof that forms a compound curve all around the cabin house. to give the boat a modern and curvaceous look.
The boat has reduced weight, thanks to the infused, injection-molded construction that yields an all-up lightship weight of just over 26,000lb. A structural center beam adds strength and also secures the forestay fitting, a Code 0 sprit, the anchor roller and an anchor chain well that runs atop the beam rather than below.
The 42 mast has been set aft to open up the foretriangle and allow for more downwind sail choices. It also keeps the weight centered and reduces pitching. The compression post is in the center of the saloon, where it actually makes a good handhold. The boom is shorter while the mast is taller, creating an efficient high-aspect-ratio sailplan. With the square-top mainsail which adds another 40ft² of sail area over the standard mainsail, powers the boat more effectively. The self-tacking jib moves on a track forward of the mast, thereby making shorthanded sailing easier.
The deck is easy to walk around and the transoms wide enough for easy boarding from a dock or dinghy with just two low steps that lead up to the single-level cockpit. The cockpit dinette to starboard easily seats eight, a lounge to port will be cozy for two, and another small seat spans the space just ahead of the davits.
The raised helm is to port and communication is easy from here to the cockpit while visibility forward is good. Unlike typically crowded helm stations, there is plenty of room for two people to work, one steering and one working the two Harken winches that manage most of the lines.