Boats & Gear’s Review
LAGOON 380: An Entry-Level Cruising Cat
The Lagoon 380 is not the smallest Lagoon catamaran ever built–both the Lagoon 37, its immediate predecessor, and the Lagoon 35CCC were smaller–but it is the smallest Lagoon currently built and one of the smallest dedicated cruising cats that succeeds in combining both reasonable performance and a “big cat” accommodation plan in a single package. It is a carefully balanced exercise in moderation. Designed by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost and first introduced in 2000, the Lagoon 380 is intended to serve both as a charter fleet workhorse (it is co-branded as the Moorings Lagoon 380) and as a serious entry-level cruising cat for private owners. Several hundred of these boats have been built over the years, and it is probably the most successful contemporary cruising cat currently on the market.
The key to the 380’s popularity, without a doubt, is its supple accommodations plan. The hulls are just wide enough to fit a good-size double berth in each “corner” of the boat. In the four-stateroom charter version of the layout (four doubles with two small midship heads) four couples can enjoy complete conjugal privacy while cruising together, which is very impressive on a boat just 38 feet long. In the three-stateroom “owner’s” version the entire starboard hull becomes a deluxe master suite with a small office and large forward head with a separate shower stall, just like on much bigger cats.
Cruising Sea’s Review
Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran Review – Fooling the Eye!
By Daniella Wender – September 3, 201512
The Lagoon 380 S2 is a remodeled version of the original 380 design. I always find it interesting to explore new designs of older models and pick out the differences between the yachts.
The 380S2 had many differences, but it is also a boat that can stand on its own. In comparison to other yachts, the 380S2 could be considered small, but that depends on the sailor and what they think is small.
I found the S2 comfortable without a lot of wasted space, which is a change in many Lagoon catamarans.
I have never felt that just because a boat has a lot of space, that it is a better design than other boats. I found the 380 S2 comfortable, but compact and cozy.
The galley and saloon have plenty of room to prepare meals and dine as a group without climbing over each other, and the cabins are equipped with beds that you can stretch out on and there is a good amount of storage space throughout the vessel.
Under sail, the 380 S2 does a fantastic job windward but tends to struggle in other conditions. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you are simply cruising around.
I enjoyed the slower pace and didn’t feel the need to speed it up unless we had to anyway. If you are looking for something more powerful, look at a bigger cat, but, if power isn’t a concern, try the 380 S2.
I do feel I need to warn potential sailors that the 380 S2 has a flybridge design that is a bit high, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I don’t have any issues with a high flybridge, but if you are sure a flybridge isn’t for you, move onto the next cat.
As either a sign of the times or a marketing test, Lagoon is opening its entry level model to owners and charter companies who wish to control their budget and purchase an attractive basic version, even if it means forgoing some equipment to enjoy it now!
With 500 examples on the water, the Lagoon 380 has nothing to prove; it represents a trend: for easy, liveable catamarans, aboard which the pleasure of sailing ‘on the level’ is more important than excitement. The silhouette, disparaged at first, is now very acceptable. The simple cabin roof sets the tone clearly: family cruising.