Handling and performance under sail is not necessarily the top priority for a 42ft cruising catamaran – advances in cockpit, lounge and accommodation design probably sell more boats in this sector. But the Lagoon 42 has a new improved rig set-up compared to its predecessor, the 421, as well as some other interesting upgrades, as boats.com Germany editor, Dieter Loibner found out at this year's Dusseldorf Boat Show.

 

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The mast has been moved further aft creating a larger head sail area and reduced main. "Better upwind; faster downwind," according to the boat's design team, VPLP (Van Peteghem-Lauriot Prévost). The helm station has access to all the control lines and sheets, while the cabin top is dedicated to sunbathing. The accommodation options include four double cabins or a large owner's suite and two doubles in the opposite hull.

For more big cruising catamarans, see the review of the much larger Fountaine Pajot Ipanema, or the boats.com bargain round-up of 6 of the best comfy catamarans.

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