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Lagoon 55 Multihulls Magazine



All Jon Scholl wanted was a safe, fast, family-oriented catamaran – Something that could carry his wife and children in the cruising grounds of Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Scholl’s desire for a large cat reflects his love for sailing and the joy he gets from a large project. It also reveals that he wanted something very particular in a catamaran that wasn’t being met by today’s production cats: comfort AND stability AND speed AND handling.

Lagoon began manufacturing catamarans in 1984. Founded as a subsidiary of Jeanneau Technologies Avancées (JTA), Lagoon earned its mark in the early years as a producer of offshore sailboats, and had tremendous success, over the years breaking records in the Atlantic and the Pacific with their advanced designs and construction. And, like in the automotive F1 world, advances in performance and technology moved seamlessly between the racing and the private ownership worlds.

In the spring of 1988, Lagoon launched the Lagoon 55 as the world’s first “modern multihull” designed for comfort, speed and handling. It retained the racing spirit with its v-hull design, wide beam and large sail area. Roomy enough for two queen-sized berths in each hull, the Lagoon 55 also captured the cruising market by storm and sparked international demand in multihull cruising boats that continues to this day.

Scholl’s selection of the Lagoon 55 stemmed from his engineering background. Initially finding no good source of polar plots for catamarans in general, he . . .

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