by Marc Van Peteghem
naval architecture

Designing a new boat belonging to a range necessarily means being true to the values of the range, but also revealing the individual personality of this new vessel. A few years ago, with Bruno Belmont, we asked ourselves what a grand Lagoon might be like. A grand Lagoon is not simply a larger Lagoon; it’s another concept, another world, a Lagoon belonging to the world of the Yachting world. A challenge, given the extent to which this universe embodies conventions that had to be incorporated, adopted, without abandoning the generosity and friendliness that are characteristic of Lagoon. The starting point is life on board. Sailing, living on board, is the succession of a series of interludes spent in company with people that you like. To design the SEVENTY 7 together, the Lagoon team, Nauta Design and our team including Patrick le Quément, under the leadership of Bruno Belmont, have imagined what these interludes might be according to the various types of use - family boating, friends, charter - but also how to accommodate the presence of the crew that such a vessel requires. We revisited the interior and exterior spaces so that everyone can enjoy moments of conviviality or privacy in turn. Thus circulation from the aft cockpit to the forward end is enabled by passing through the saloon. Through the forward door of the saloon, the breeze will waft through the boat’s interior when at anchor, affording coolness without requiring the use of air-conditioning.

With the increase in the boat’s overall dimensions, new things become possible. We felt that it was important to maintain the contact with the sea, as it was developed on the Lagoon 620, with the direct access to the transom steps from the owner's cabin. Naturally enough, increasing the freeboard distances the crew from the water. Instead, the SEVENTY 7 takes advantage of this increase: it’s been possible to provide a hull door opening directly from the cabin, thus creating a balcony over the water.

The SEVENTY 7 enjoys the advantages of the rig being moved further aft, now adopted on all Lagoons, benefiting performance but also ease of operation, especially important on a great and powerful vessel.
The flybridge is divided into two zones, relaxation and operation. Forces on sheets being substantial, it is essential that the separation be clear but not exclusive, so that in good conditions everyone can enjoy the sailing and access to the helm.
The exterior design is the work of Patrick Le Quément, whose pen brings lines to life. We have been working in perfect harmony and mutual understanding for 6 years. He made the transition from the automotive sector into the marine world with an ease and a new perspective that constantly provide us with a fresh look at our profession. I think that this grand Lagoon, the flagship, clearly has the soul of the Yachting world, while remaining generous and embracing nature. Designed by putting people at the heart of the process, it’s the gentle giant of the Lagoon family.