The Lagoon 37 is the newest, and smallest, in the successful Jeanneau line of catamarans that helped bring the multihull revolution to North America. Like all Lagoons, she came from the drawing boards of Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost who also created such famous multihulls as Pierre 1er and Fleury Michon. The 37, like the Lagoon 42, is built on this continent by Tillotson-Pearson.

Lagoon 37

Construction features balsa-cored hulls of isophthalic resins which spend eight days in the mold to completely cure before continuing down the production line. Bi- and triaxial cloths are used as needed in loaded areas and the result of this high-tech construction is a displacement of just under 12,000 lb. Watertight bulkheads are installed both fore and aft.

The Sparcraft rig is simple, with single spreaders for 7/8ths-height shrouds and a tri-diamond jumper arrangement that supports the midsection of the spar and allows the 125 percent headsail (on a Profurl stay) to sheet inboard for upwind power. "Racks" extend outboard from the boom to support the full-length battens and combine with lazyjacks to simplify the dousing process.

The deep cockpit has wrap-around seating, twin tables, and the helm with leaning post to port against the house. Wide side decks with double lifelines are secure, and a trampoline fills the space between the hulls forward, while deep gear lockers are under deck hatches and the spacious anchor locker has room for a windlass. Aft, twin lazarettes have molded liners and steps lead to the waterline on each transom.

The salon is airy, with the house windows acting as skylights over the dinette that seats eight. In the port hull, but still open to the salon, is the galley with three-burner LPG stove/oven, two level freezer/ refrigerator, and ample counter space. Aft in the port hull is a huge head compartment with separate shower stall. The starboard hull has a navigation area, or optional second head compartment, while a double stateroom is in the aft section.

Both hulls have identical staterooms forward, with queen-sized berths, hanging lockers, settees and ample ventilation. The interior is finished in oiled teak and light laminates for a bright and modern look.

Underway, the twin Perkins M20 diesels give superb twin-screw handling in tight spaces as well as ample cruising speeds.

Probably the biggest surprise to monohull sailors is that the Lagoon 37 doesn't give up any windward ability. With a pair of NACA-shaped fin keels, our 37 sailed just as high as several modern monohulls, made a steady nine knots in the 18-knot apparent wind, and tacked through 90 degrees. Off the wind, of course, the cat was quick and the speedometer showed bursts as high as 15 knots without any effort.

With a base price of $199,900, the Lagoon 37 is not only a thoroughly modern cruising catamaran, but a good value as well, particularly when you consider the spacious three stateroom layout and the extensive list of gear. With more than two dozen already on order, you'll see a lot more of this yacht, both in private hands and in charter fleets.

Boat Specifications
LOA36'9"
LWL33'4"
Beam20'2"
Draft4'
Displacement11,883 lb.
Sail Area804 sq. ft
Water100 gal.
Fuel50 gal.

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