Bluewater Sailboat – Lagoon 440

Overview

The Bluewater Sailboat Lagoon 440 catamaran, which is ideal for intimate gatherings or couples, is a well-liked charter sailing yacht. The marine architectural duo Vincent Lauriot Prevost and Marc Van Peteghem were responsible for the first design of the Lagoon division, a part of the Beneteau Group.

Currently, the CNB builders, part of the Beneteau Group, are in charge of providing this exquisitely crafted and simple-to-sail catamaran.

Lagoon 440
Lagoon 440
  • Overall length: 13.60 m
  • Beam: 7.70 m
  • Weight: 12.2 T
  • Architect: VPLP
  • Mast: 21.00 m
  • Main sail: 74.00 m²
  • Genoa: 42.00 m²
  • Gennaker: 90.00 m²
  • Spinnaker: 145.00 m ²
  • Engine: 2x 55 hp Yanmar
  • Water: 3x300L
  • Diesel: 2×325 L

Structure

It is clear that the Bluewater Sailboat Lagoon 440 needs two bays for anchoring due to its enormous 13.70 m length and 7.70 m breadth. The Lagoon 440 is one of the roomiest catamarans of its period with 4 double cabins, 4 shower rooms, 2 forward points, 2 saloons, a flybridge, and a forward semi-saloon.

With the help of two floats, you may enter the boat from the back and use davits to lift a tender, even one that is rather large (here we used one that was 3.20 m with 15 HP). A boat that can accommodate between 8 and 12 people needs a sizable tender. Moreover, every electrical fitting is on the port side of the boat.

Once on board, you enter the 12 passenger capacity aft saloon, which is to starboard. On the port side, there is a wet bar console with a sink that is ideal for eating settings. There aren’t any excess sailing gear in the cockpit. The flybridge is home to the main cockpit. There is a lot of room outside, over 90 m2, and the walks are really comfy. If you continue moving forward, you will eventually reach the mast’s base (which is mounted on the roof). If you proceed, you will come to a really beautiful lounge on the front deck, ideal for sipping sun-drenched aperitifs.

The water tanks and the windlass controls are housed in spacious lockers. The anchor locker has 45 m of 12 mm chain, which is a substantial amount of equipment.

All rigging cables return to the flybridge cockpit by crossing the roof. When you reach the top, the surrounds of the boat are magnificently visible. There is plenty of legroom and seating at the helm. There is more than enough room for four of you. This yacht is equipped with repeater, diesel gauges, and engine controls. Four winches are available for manoeuvres, including a large size 60 winch (mostly for the mainsail), one for the aft port, one on the port side and two to starboard at the front of the flybridge. The aft winch controls the main sail, the starboard piano controls the halyards, and the port piano controls the reefs. All manoeuvres are accessible to the skipper with ease.

Above Deck

The Bluewater Sailboat 440 is the most well-liked cat in its size range, and Lagoon is the biggest manufacturer of cruising catamarans in the world. The naval architecture firm Van Peteghem/Lauriot Prevost, which has a long history of producing effective catamarans, is the distinguishing feature of all Lagoon cats. Many people are unaware that Lagoon was initially known for producing high-tech, extremely fast French catamarans like Steve Fossett’s world-record-breaking Lakota. However, today, Lagoon is part of the Groupe Beneteau corporate family, which also includes Jeanneau and CNB, and its boats can be found in charter fleets and private marinas all over the world.

The 440 is a great illustration of Lagoon’s unconventional thinking thanks to its higher helm position. In essence, it’s a flybridge sailboat, but you should give it a shot before you pass judgement. It’s a smart design choice that addresses a wide range of issues and yields an equal amount of benefits.

First, the main and jib are completely visible to the skipper in all directions. Second, while being near to deck level for convenient docking, the bridge is high enough above the water that you won’t likely get wet in normal conditions.

The flybridge is meticulously engineered and has a seamanlike design. There are moulded trays to contain your suntan lotion and binoculars, bins for storing line exactly where you need them, and line stoppers to make the most of your four winches. Three muscle-powered drums and an electric primary winch are included in the standard equipment, but it makes sense to select all electric winches as an option.

The 440 includes what Lagoon refers to as a cabriolet top, although it’s really just a small bimini that protects the skipper from the sun, rain, and spray. It fits neatly in a compartment on the cabintop, but it struck me as a little miserly because it leaves the rest of the crew defenceless.

The cockpit is transformed into a pleasant and uncluttered leisure area, which is a benefit of the higher bridge. There is seating that wraps around two table mounts in the sole and a console to port with a wet bar (fridge and icemaker optional) (more about this in a moment). The cockpit can have a soft enclosure with air conditioning and heating, turning it into an all-weather living room because it is shaded by the fibreglass hardtop.

Below Deck

As soon as you enter the saloon of this Bluewater Sailboat through the sliding door, you can tell you are on a French yacht since it has all the expected style, élan, and haute couture. The wood is light, the upholstery is nubby, and the sole is dark. The whole impression is warm and inviting like Brigitte Bardot, yet cool like Catherine Deneuve. It makes the most of the wide beam because it is surrounded by large windows and is cooled by one of the four individually controlled air conditioning systems. A stainless steel rail tops the forward-facing settee as a curving lounge wraps around to port.

The seating arrangement is clever, straightforward, yet complex all at once. The 440 is furnished with two sets of legs (tall and short), two tables, and two sets of detachable wood-grained tubes that make up the base (cocktail and dining). The full crew may be seated once the tall legs and dining table are in position. You can create an out-of-the-way coffee table by removing the tall legs and replacing them with the short ones and the little table. It resembles a French café when the small table is placed atop the tall legs. You may create a spare bed by placing the large table on the short legs and adding filler pillows.

The enormous table nests out of the way in a hinged overhead cabinet with gas lifts, and best of all, the same set of options are functional in the cockpit.

The L-shaped kitchen is located on the back side of the saloon and features three stainless steel sinks (one of which also serves as a dish strainer), a three-burner stove with an oven, and a lot of counter space. A movable window provides access to the cockpit or acts as a passageway for fresh air. The freezer sits underneath the nav station in the forward corner, while the refrigerator is underneath the counter.

The nav station is a fantastic addition because it enables you to pilot the 440 from inside the sailboat while using the jog stick or a handheld autopilot controller. There is a winch to manage the mainsheet and traveller lines that lead to the cockpit, saving you from having to rush back and forth to the bridge.

Performance

When sailing this catamaran, there are several different speeds accessible. The Lagoon 440 has two 86-gallon fuel tanks with a combined 172-gallon tank capacity that run to the stern of each hull.

The two Volvo Penta 40 horsepower diesel sail drive engines are set up separately in the sleeping area’s aft compartments. The floors can be simply removed if access to the transmissions and engines is required. Due to the exceptional efficiency of the engines, manual or remote control sailing only uses about.6 gallons of fuel per hour. With the correct wind conditions, the Lagoon 440 can cruise at 8 knots and even 10 knots.

Both the controls for the sails and rigging as well as the navigational controls are ideal for the inexperienced captain. The motorised rigging and masts and computerised navigational technology make sailing the catamaran less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

The 440 is quite speedy when sailing. The breeze was not much more than 10 knots, yet while near reaching, we observed 6s on the Raymarine GPS monitors. Although she seems sensitive to both the jib lead angle and the traveller, which spans the roof, the jib sheets lead well inboard on the cabintop, so she goes upwind nicely. The traveller can depower the sail with a “fisherman’s reef” by letting the leach twist off or it can be used as a vang to tighten up the leach. There is nothing unexpected here for the owner, and even fiddling with the trim (with those nice electric winches) is enjoyable.

Quick Notes

An appealing package includes a quiet, effective energy system in a well-built Bluewater sailboat with all the conveniences for pleasant living. We’ll all remember the 440 as one of the first production boats to adopt the new technology if the Lagoon’s propulsion system holds out over time and in all conditions. The fact that Lagoon combined technical know-how, sailing experience, and aesthetics to create what might be a glimpse into the future is an achievement.

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