<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Catamaran News - 2009 Lagoon 570 "MA HA" Nears Completion
Hull #45 on Track For a July 2008 Handover
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Released: 5/30/08
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The construction of “Ma Ha” - a 2009 Lagoon 570 - is nearing completion at Groupe Beneteau’s custom yard, Constructions Navales Bordeaux (CNB). Photos of the catamaran’s progress at the factory were released recently and have been passed on to her excited owner.

Rewind to June 2007 when this long-time charter client first expressed an interest in purchasing a 4 cabin layout to be used primarily for crewed charter out of the BVIs. Initially, a pre-owned Privilege 585 had caught his eye but after an exchange of emails, phone calls, and a visit to the 2007 Annapolis Boat show; the buyer concluded a new Lagoon 570 would better suit his needs. Shortly after the October show, he submitted a refundable option deposit to lock in pricing/hull availability on #45 and was well on his way to realizing his floating, charter-income dream.

Whether it is in terms of pure performance on the water or the level of comfort, the Lagoon 570 is a high quality yacht with a wealth of assets. The 570’s distinguishing trait is that its cabin top is lined with Lagoon's signature vertical windows. This design touch provides maximum visibility from the main saloon, while relieving some of the heat from the midday sun. Under sail, you can hear and feel torsional loads moving through the window area. Good nonskid on the cabin top is a welcome feature when the main’s coming down.

The helm placement at the cockpit’s aft outboard corner is a compromise between the bulkhead-mounted steering stations of a Prout, Fountaine Pajot, or Perry and Catana’s fully exposed helm station at the aft end of the hulls. From the Lagoon’s helm, you have a good view of the main and some protection from the cockpit bimini.

The cabin space, finished in teak, is sumptuous in both quantity and quality. Four layouts are available, optimized for private ownership or charter, each with or without a skipper’s cabin. Under power, the noise in the cabin is relatively low, with decibel readings in the mid-80s at 8 knots and 2,700 rpm.

This twin-hulled beauty is on track to splash July 15th and will be ready for hand-over by July 25th. After this our delivery team will need a week for quality control inspections, factory follow-up and testing. ”Ma Ha” is scheduled to appear in the 2008 Annapolis Sail show October 9-13, 2008. Afterwards, the owner will be moving her to join our crewed yacht charter fleet in Tortola, BVI.

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