“Windance V”, a 2008 Lagoon 440, recently completed its journey from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (17th street bridge) to downtown Annapolis ‘spider buoy’ platform in 4 days, 20 hours and 2 minutes. Included in this time was 7 hours spent ‘ghosting’; lying a hull or waiting for massive storms in NC and VA to clear up.
”This is one of the all-time fastest runs for that journey,” said Scott Vanerstrom, Principal Captain for The Catamaran Company, who was specifically requested by the new owner to be at the helm during the trip. “Three of the days saw rhumb line distances in excess of 220 nautical miles with our best single 24-hour period being 266 nautical miles. That’s an average speed of over 11 knots on the rhumb line.”
Naval architects Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost based their design of the Lagoon 440 on the latest long-range cruising multihull technological developments. Even at first glance, it is apparent that care has been taken in the aesthetic and functional design of the yacht: on deck, the coachroof lines are long and elegant, the forms are dynamic, spaces are cleverly used, ergonomics are optimal.
The raised central helm station gives perfect 360° visibility and all the control lines are within easy reach. Even a reduced crew can easily maneuver the Lagoon 440, as proved by this latest delivery. The large benchseat in the helm station become rapidly the favorite spot to take part and enjoy the navigation skills.
The hull design is powerful yet seaworthy, bow volume and care in the weight distribution reduce the pitching motion to a minimum. The gull-wing shaped bridgedeck allows smoother passage through the waves . High ratio sail plan and fine hull appendices make this new Lagoon 440 a fast seaworthy, comfortable and elegant catamaran.
The spacious aft cockpit is protected under a rigid bimini top. Passage to and from the saloon and galley is unhampered. The large dining table can either be set in the saloon or in the cockpit. It can also be stowed in a cleverly designed locker built in the bimini top. The aft passerelle allows passage from one transom to the other without going back up in the cockpit.
The large L-shaped galley faces the cockpit and it has been designed as a professional area where the chef will be able to reveal all his skills.
The saloon provides a 360° panoramic view. The saloon on the Lagoon 440 is a superb living space. The light oak Alpi woodwork and the laminated wenge floor give a modern and relaxing feel.
The aft cabins are fit for royalty with their queen-size central bed! Large hull fixed windows bring in lots of natural light and offer an unequalled view on the outside while staying discrete. Optimal cabin ventilation is assured by numerous opening portholes and hatches.
In the owner’s version, the entire starboard hull is transformed into a luxury suite incorporating the aft cabin, a sofa, a desk, a separate hanging locker, a bathroom with separate shower, cupboards, plenty of drawers and lockers.