February 7 2022
The new Lagoon 51 is indeed a real surprise, because until last December (read the Yachting Art article: New, a Lagoon 51!!), nobody expected the French shipyard to replace the Lagoon 50, one of its best sellers (300 units sold!).
When discovering the first visuals of the brand new Lagoon 51, we notice 4 major evolutions compared to its predecessor, the Lagoon 50, which are related to access and comfort on board, to the exterior living spaces, to the interior layout and to eco-responsibility.
Following the example of the Lagoon 55, which made its mark in this area, access to the cockpit of the Lagoon 51 is facilitated by two XXL bathing platforms, very low, which are ideal for anchoring, especially when complemented by the central hydraulic platform, which provides a real Beach Club, but also in port, as these platforms are at the right height compared to floating pontoons!
We also note the low height of the steps to a cockpit on the same level, very comfortable to use.
Major difference compared to the Lagoon 50, the Lagoon 51 has a real flybridge, organized in 3 spaces, the front part hosting 2 large sunbathing areas, the central part the helm station, and the rear part a vast lounge that can accommodate 8 guests, around a beautiful teak table. The access to this fly is very secure, thanks to these steps integrated into the roof cap, with two accesses, port and starboard. It is possible to move from port to starboard without disturbing the guests, which everyone will appreciate.
The forward cockpit saloon is optimized, with a U-shaped bench seat facing the sea, which can be used at anchor to isolate yourself. In fact, the Lagoon 51 has 3 outdoor living areas, a much appreciated feature that allows everyone to find their place on board, between the cockpit, the flybridge and the forward cockpit.
The most observant among you will have noticed a major change on the Lagoon 51, compared to its predecessor, the Lagoon 50: the location of the mast! Indeed, the mast of the Lagoon 51 has been moved forward, and is now positioned just behind the front window, in line with the front bulkhead: a big advantage on board: the mast is no longer in the middle of the saloon, giving an immediate feeling of space and facilitating the layout of the saloon.
In terms of finish and presentation, the Lagoon 51 seems to be largely inspired by the very successful Lagoon 55, which was very successful in this field on the mass production catamaran market. The saloon is divided into 3 distinct areas, between the galley open to the cockpit thanks to the sliding bay window, the forward saloon area, "closed" by a clever central sofa, and the traditional chart table.
By the way, it seems that the shipyard proposes a new interior color, with a blond oak with a very warm rendering, a color that has become rare in these times....
The Lagoon 51 offers three different interior layouts, corresponding to three different markets: the first, with 4 cabins and 3 bathrooms for owners, who will have a private hull, the starboard hull, with a particularly practical walk-in wardrobe!
The two other versions, 4 cabins, 4 bathrooms, and 6 cabins, 4 bathrooms, are aimed at the charter market, and even at owners who wish to rent out their boat through a management program.
Discreetly and without any announcements, Lagoon wants to make a difference in this field, with very concrete arguments.
Two of its three factories are already ISO 14001 certified, the certification relative to the eco-responsibility of an industrial group, which is unique on the market today.
At the same time, the Lagoon 51 inaugurates eco-responsible technical choices that are a first on a mass-produced catamaran, with the use of hemp composite panels, where it is currently possible to use them, and the use of bio-sourced resins. The cushions are made of fabrics from recycled materials, following the example of what is being developed in the automotive industry. Finally, the Alpi wood used in the boat's furnishings is FSC certified.
On the scale of a shipyard like Lagoon, we understand the extent of these choices.
At the same time, the Lagoon 51 offers the possibility to have 3400W of solar panels integrated on the coachroof, allowing to have a high capacity of green energy production on board. This power is currently unique on a 51-footer, and double what the competition offers.
Summary: with the Lagoon 51, the French shipyard offers a highly versatile model, addressing both the owner and charter markets, whose 3 outdoor living spaces will undoubtedly be highly appreciated. In terms of eco-responsibility, the Lagoon 51 makes the difference, both in terms of construction (ISO 14001), and the integration of concrete solutions.
Lagoon 51 naval architect : VPLP - Lagoon 51 interior designer : Nauta Design - Lagoon 51 exterior designer : Patrick le Quément - Length overall : 15,35 m / 50'4'' - Mainsail : 8,10 m / 26'7'' - Mast height : 23,53 m / 77'2'' - Draft : 1,38 m / 4'6'' - Light displacement : (EC) 19. 914 T / 43,910 Lbs - Total sail area std mainsail : 150 m² / 1,615 sq.ft. - Total sail area upwind mainsail : (square top mainsail) 153 m² / 1,647 sq.ft. - Mainsail std: 97 m² / 1,044 sq.ft. - Horn mainsail : (option) 100 m² / 1,076 sq.ft. - Genoa 53 m² / 570 sq.ft. - Code 0 (option) 101 m² / 1,087 sq.ft. - Water capacity : 830 L (219 US gal) - Fuel capacity : 2 x 520 L / 2 x 137 US gal - Engine : 2 x 80 HP - Sleeping capacity : 6 to 14 - CE certification A : 12 - B : 14 - C : 20 - D : 30
The Lagoon 51 is built in Bordeaux, France