Lagoon 39

This is an exciting boat, and its use of space is refreshingly sensible for a small catamaran. And it has lots of style. Just when you think design has reached its pinnacle, a whole new set of boats hit the charter market with worthy features that deserve acknowledgement. The Lagoon 39 catamaran is one of them.

The styling of the Latest Lagoon 39 is impressive, and made possible by a brief that has called for spaces usable rather than plentiful. The two heads are well appointed with separate shower cubicle away from the toilet' with the basin between so no more soggy toilet rolls. The companionways have made good use of hull space, borrowing some extra room from the saloon to provide an impressive amount of storage for a small cat.

Successive Lagoon models have pushed the mast forward to gain more space in the saloon. Here, the yacht designer has said "enough let's bring it back to where it should be". This is a well thought-out boat made by the people who know how to build great catamarans.

Our observation is that moving the mast back will have made a big difference. The performance and safety aspect of yacht design is the simple science of balancing the centre of opposing forces to propel the boat forward. The wind pushes the boat sideways (centre of effort) and the underwater sections stop it going sideways (centre of lateral resistance).

Placing the mast forward or even on the static centre and then trying to add a more efficient square top mainsail is not going to work, as the centres shift when sailing. The centre of effort moves forward as the load goes on the sails, creating force forward, while the resistance of the water creates drag, pushing backwards. The extreme effect of this has been demonstrated in spectacular form in the amazing AC45 catamaran cartwheeling.

But not to worry. Heavy cruising catamarans are not going to repeat such a performance. They can still be made to sail well, howver. When the balance is right, the boat creates lift and working loads are reduced. When it's wrong the bows dig in and extra loads are created, slowing the boat. 

Despite what many cruising people believe, performance is a requirement of safe yacht design and necessary for comfort under sail. This boat is constructed using resin infusion, a process that uses less resin and creates a lighter and stiffer boat. That's particularly good news on a catamaran.

The Lagoon 39 has achieved the correct sailing balance with the simple addition of an unobtrustive mast post in the saloon.  If you notice it, you had best get used to it. We can see this being a regular feature of future catamaran designs.

Inside the boat features a light timber oak veneer of appealing colour and grain. While this is real timber, it is reconstituted Italian Poplar grown in sustainable forests. Poplar itself is featureless so the veneers go through a printing process to create the wood look of choice. When bonded and coated with the best glues using the latest technology, a hard wearing surface results that is ideal for marine use. It looks as good as wood, it's produced sustainably, and it's an improvement on traditional timber in servicability. 

The cabins are excellently appointed, with room to move and easy access to the bed which is set east/west for better use of space. The aft cabins have slightly larger beds, but the forward berths are still ample doubles.

Specifications for Lagoon 39

  • Cruising Regions: Caribbean, Mediterranean, British Virgin Islands, St Martin, Anguilla & St Kitts and Nevis , Riviera (Côte d'Azur), Italy, Southern Dalmatian Islands, Greece, Turkey, Bodrum & Gulf of Gokova, New Caledonia
  • Guests (Maximum): 8
  • Guests (Recommended): 8
  • Cabins: 4
  • Berths: 8
  • Heads: 2
  • Showers: 2
  • Length: 38.5', 11.7m
  • Beam: 22.4', 6.8m
  • Draft: 4', 1.2m
  • Engines: 2 x 20
  • Water Capacity: 300 l, 79 g
Lagoon 39 4-cabin layout Lagoon 39 3-cabin layout

This boat can be chartered bareboat, skippered by you our client with one of your party as first mate. Or you may wish to leave responsibility for the boat to someone else, by engaging your own skipper and/or crew. We call that "crewed bareboat", and we can arrange that for you too!

At Sail Connections we have access to a pool of contract skippers and crew, and we can chose individuals to suit the dynamics of your charter party. They will navigate you safely between places of interest, and provide excellent guide services along the way, introducing you to local customs, attractions and sites that you might otherwise miss out on experiencing.

If you have special recreational interests your crew will advise on where to go and how to get involved. Their local networks let them know what's happening in your destination, and importantly they have insider info on where to get the best fresh produce from land and sea!

Talk to us about the cost of crewed bareboat. We can quote your bareboat with and without paid crew, and on a partially or fully crewed basis. We can also arrange full advance provisioning of the boat if required. Your contract is directly with the skipper through the charter operator. 

When enquiring about this boat, please ask us about a paid crew, and we can discuss all the benefits in more detail.

"The highlight of our Croatia charter was actually having a skipper who could make berthing arrangements at each place we visited. Toni was fantastic. He would also make restaurant recommendations and bookings as well. He took the stress of decision-making away which meant we had a much better experience at each island we visited. Everything flowed!"

Janine, New ZealandJuly 2016

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