The sun was getting a bit low when we got the Lagoon 52 away from the marina docks and headed out the cut toward the open sea. Compared to the 39, the 52 felt vast yet was similar to the little sister in many ways.
The bigger boat has the same rig with the mast placed quite far aft and the headsail set up to be self tacking. Still, the mainsail was large and required serious effort from the electric winch to get it hoisted and quite a lot of thumb pressure on the switch. Once clear of the cut, we fell off a bit and rolled out the genoa. Like the 39, the big boat was happiest at about 50 degrees off the wind and really picked up speed at 60 degrees. In the 15 knots of wind we had, the 52 was soon sailing at 10 knots. Not bad.
The boat was equipped with a Code Zero reaching sail so after putting in a few tacks upwind, we furled the headsail and rolled out the big reaching sail. It was huge and as we fell off to about 120 degrees the big cat got the wind under her wings and really started to fly. It is not often you get this sensation of speed and performance sailing big cruising cats because they tend to be heavily built. This new VPLP design is an exception. It’s got real wheels.
The funny thing about the 52 is that you sail the boat from the bridge deck and under the protection of a bimini top, so you are far from the water and somewhat removed from the sky and sails, too. It is only when you look down at the GPS and see that you are sailing at close to 13 knots that you realize the power in the beast beneath you.
The bridge is set up for sailing from the front and lounging aft. All lines and sheets come to a central workstation where they are controlled by two large winches and an array of clutches. The centerline wheel is right behind the mast so Lagoon cunningly has articulated the pedestal so you can tip the wheel to port or starboard to get a clear view forward.
The common living spaces on the 52 are huge and commodious so you will be able to have large groups aboard should you want to. There are tables that seat eight both in the cockpit and in the saloon. The galley is larger than many kitchens ashore. On the boat we sailed, there were two large sleeping cabins forward of the saloon that in turn opened out onto a common front porch.
The 52 comes in three configurations. The luxury owner’s version provides a huge private living space in the starboard hull and two handsome guest cabins in the port hull. The four cabin version has an owner’s suite and a second cabin to starboard and two guest cabins to port. And the five cabin version offers the same basic layout as the four cabin model but a fifth cabin has been added aft to port.
The 52 is a huge boat. It is equivalent to an 80 foot monohull and will sail as fast and as far. This is truly a luxurious cruiser that can be a great home for a large family or an excellent crewed charter boat. Lagoon had built more than 250 cats in this size range and there is every reason to believe that the 52 will contribute a lot of numbers and happy owners to that total.
For more information on the new Lagoon 39 and 52 log on to www.cata-lagoon.com.
Displ. 55,390 lbs.
Water 250 gals.
Fuel 262 gals.