We had the pleasure recently of spending some time recently with Pierre-Eric Fremaux from Lagoon at the International Multihull Show. Pierre project manages the SIXTY operation for Lagoon (SIXTY 5 and SIXTY 7 Power), and gave us a fascinating insight into these semi-custom luxury catamarans and the kinds of requests that he gets from owners and people buying the yachts.
Designed by VPLP, the SIXTY 5 and SIXTY 7 are part of the new 5th generation design from the famous French manufacturer, and along with the SEVENTY 7 their most luxurious yachts to date. The SIXTY 5 is the successor to the 620, and represents quite a step up in terms of performance and refinement.
At a length of 20.55m or 67.5′ and a beam of 10m (32.1′) at the beam, she spans three levels with a big flybridge. With the fully battened mainsail and furling genoa, the sail area adds up to 268m2
The new boat shares many of the features that have made Lagoon so successful, particularly the ease of handling.
For her size, she is an easy to use yacht that can cruise far and wide under sail, a seaworthy boat like her big sister, designed for extended trips. She has been designed to eat up the miles, and provide superior comfort at stopovers.
This is a sleeker design direction from Lagoon, a beautiful boat able to accommodate quality rigging and powerful sails.
Step inside, and you appreciate the design evolution: open and uninterrupted spaces that link the interior and exterior with open views all around.
One of the benefits of the SIXTY 5 is the scope for customisation. Pierre informed us that on one build, he received over 700 emails from the customer with ideas and questions. If the work has previously been scoped out and the plans drawn up, then these changes are relatively easy.
If not, a project is needed to analyse the request, calculate the cost and draw up the plans, but essentially anything is possible for a price unless it affects the overall structure of the boat.
The Lagoon SIXTY 5 can either be configured galley up or galley down. In the Down configuration (or Lateral Galley), there is double access from either the cockpit or the crew cabin, and includes a dining area with a cozy area to enjoy
an early breakfast, or for the crew to meet and prepare meals away from the guests.
Lateral Galley Configuration
With the galley down below, the living space is opened right up in the Saloon. In this layout, the 30sqm saloon has two huge sofas on either side, with a coffee table to port and a dining table to starboard. Forward is a nav station including a chart table, and to the right is a well-equipped bar area with ice maker, wine cooler and refrigerator.
The galley in the aft port hull leaves room for either 4 en-suite cabins (one master suite with access to the deck aft) or 5 ensuite cabins.
Central Galley Option
The other basic option is to configure the yacht with a galley up top in the saloon, know as the Central Galley Version.
With the galley up, on the port side of the saloon and with an island bar, there is room down below for six cabins, three on each side, or five, with the owner’s suite located aft in the starboard hull.
Stand Out Features
So what are the features that make the SIXTY 5 stand out from the crowd? Here’s a few of them
- Configure the yacht galley up or galley down with up to 6 cabins down below.
- The luxurious Owner’s Suite has direct access aft to the sun and sea
- With options for an Owner’s Suite and a VIP cabin.
- Access to the forward lounge through the saloon
- Wide transoms with a platform bridge opens up the space further aft. This platform lowers to sea level.
- A huge flybridge with twin helms. Options for a sunbed & dining area or sofas and dining area up here
- Carbon fiber boom
- Carbon mast is an option for our performance-focused owners.
- A powerful rig flies 268 m² / 2,884 sq.ft of sail. A Code 0 or gennaker can be added to the base sail plan.
The Lagoon sails well in a breeze with that powerful rig. Expect to see 8-9 knots in 15 knots of wind with that almost 100sqm genoa.
The standard power unit is twin 150hp Volvo D3s with a cruising speed of nine knots or there is an upgrade available to 180hp Volvo D4s for a cruising speed of just under 10 knots. The range on the bigger engines is around 800nm at 1,500rpm.
The SIXTY 5 is a striking looking catamaran from Lagoon, a real step up from the 620. There’s an abundance of space on this semi-custom yacht, form the cool forward cockpit for lounging and reading, through the saloon to the aft cockpit with seating and a dining area and the flybridge up top.
And this is a yacht that can sail, with an integrated bowsprit allowing you to shifting sails easily depending on wind strength and direction. Lagoon are successfully carving out a new market for themselves with the SIXTY 5 and SEVENTY 7, and I can see some of these features filtering through to the rest of their range in the future.
20.55 m / 67’5’’
10 m / 32’1’’
1.55 m / 5’1’’
33.80 m / 110’11’’
Light displacement (EEC)
40 T / 88200 Lbs
268 m² / 2,884 sq.ft
170,5 m² / 1835 sq.fr
98 m² / 1054 sq.ft
Engine – stardard
2 x 150 HP / 2 x 150 CV
Engine – option
2 x 195 HP / 2 x 195 CV
2 x 650 l / 2 x 172 US Gal
Fresh water capacity
2 x 500 l / 2 x 132 US Gal
8 to 16
A14 / B18 / C24 / D40