Lagoon 420 Hybrid

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
February 2007


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Lagoon Catamarans, a member of the giant Group Beneteau, has become one of the world's leading catamaran builders. The company has built hundreds of boats for charter fleets around the world and even more for cruisers looking for solid, well-built cruising boats that are never short on quality or innovative design characteristics.

The new Lagoon 420 Hybrid, Lagoon 420 which was developed in league with the large Jeanneau deal in Florida, The Catamaran Company, is nothing short of a real innovative leap; the 420 is the only production boat on the market today that comes with a true hybrid diesel-electric auxiliary power system.

The power system runs off a high-capacity generator that shares two battery banks via a highoutput charger/converter. Power from the battery banks flows to two eight-kilowatt electric engines that in turn drive the propellers. As the engines draw down battery capacity, the generator automatically starts to replenish the charge and will remain on only as long as needed. A generator running at constant loads and speeds is much more efficient than two diesels that are run at variable speeds and will be much longer lasting. If you are looking for a boat with a real difference and one that may help in the fight against global warming, then you should have a look at this hybrid drive system.

The 420 is also a huge, liveabord cruising boat that packs more space and accommodations into 42 feet than you would imagine. The hulls are full sections that carry their beams quite far forward and a long way aft. Below the water you will find stub keels on both hulls and large balanced rudders.

With a light displacement of 24,492 pounds, the 420 is not a lightweight cat but, instead, a fairly solid and stable cruising platform that benefits from both the easy sailing and motoring qualities of a cruising cat and the huge volume inside the saloon and hulls for living accommodations.

The cockpit aft is huge and covered with a rigid Bimini. The saloon has the galley placed immediately to port and a large oval dinette that will seat eight to starboard. The chart table and nav station are positioned to port and forward next to the dinette so you can sit inside during bad weather and still see out while controlling the boat with the autopilot.

The owner's cabin lies in the port hull and includes a large queen bed, a sitting area and a large head with a separate shower stall. The guest cabin and two smaller heads, with a shower stall between, are in the starboard hull.

The 420, like all Lagoon cats, is finished with an attractive honeycolored veneer on all wood surfaces and well made fiberglass/ gelcoated moldings. The boat will be easy to maintain belowdecks but still looks elegant and airy.

If you want to go cruising and do your part for the environment at the same time, then the 420 Hybrid offers an attractive and innovative solution. For more information contact Lagoon USA, in Annapolis, Md., at 410-280- 2368 or The Catamaran Company at 954-727-0016.

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