Review: Lagoon 630 MY Catamaran
Luxury, stability and fuel efficiency are all hallmarks of Lagoon’s return to luxury motor yachts. The Lagoon 630 MY takes multihull cruising into a new era.
The Lagoon brand name is better known for its sailing yachts, but its recently launched Lagoon 630 MY and return to the motor yacht sector is set to change the face of luxury motor yacht cruising. Part of CNB, a division of the Beneteau Group, Lagoon is one of the world’s largest sailing yacht producers. Asia has been an important market for the group, where catamarans are very popular due to their spaciousness and stability.
From the beginning of this project, the Group aimed to produce an exceptional blue-water passage maker with accommodation and equipment that made living aboard feel both safe and elegant. The Lagoon 630 MY has certainly achieved this goal and since she was launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2014, has received unanimous praise wherever she goes. Our friends at Yacht Style brought back the proof of the pudding in this tale.
Designers Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) have an exceptionally strong record in multihull design, including Oracle Team USA, the winner of the hotly contested 2010 America’s Cup. Peteghem and Prévost designed the Lagoon 630 MY and she has already proven herself to be reliable and seaworthy on long ocean passages. Lagoon selected Nauta Design to give the yacht a modern, comfortable look with elegant finishes providing the luxury modern boat owners are looking for in their yachts these days.
The spacious catamaran is 63ft long and has a beam of 32ft, meaning a huge amount of space available for entertaining. The side decks are teak lined and with safety rails encircling the entire yacht you can literally run around the boat in total safety. The spacious trampoline area at the bow is the perfect spot to watch the world go by and listen to the sea rushing past.
There is a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor spaces when you step onboard the yacht. The aft deck houses a comfortable lounging space as well as an alfresco dining area that can easily seat 12 guests. The aft deck is party central, housing its own bar, refrigerator, ice maker and a huge barbeque. Continuing through to the spacious main saloon, two comfortable sofas can be found on either side, one with elegant coffee table that can expand to provide a comfortable indoor dining area for 10 to 12 guests. The sofa is paired with a multifunctional table and seating arrangement.
The chart table is positioned in the center of the area, putting the navigator in a comfortable and strategically positioned location. With windows all around, the room is filled with natural light and guests have a full view of wherever the yacht is heading.
Downstairs, the magic continues with a spacious galley more akin to the private kitchen in an upmarket residence. With a double fridge-freezer there is plenty of space for storing provisions, making it easy to whip up a dinner party for 12 guests. The two hulls also contain the guest and owner accommodation. The cabin arrangement is flexible and can be changed depending on whether the yacht is for private use or for charter. The VIP cabins have raised double beds, dressing tables and ensuites. There is also an option for twin bunk accommodation, which comes with a dressing table and spacious ensuite. But the real show stopper on this yacht is the owner’s long and spacious stateroom. Furnished with a queen-sized bed, the area has a separate seating area and dressing room, and the ensuite bathroom boasts a glassed-walled shower, double sink vanity and enclosed head. All this luxury is then topped off with steps leading straight up to the swim platform for that early morning swim.
Access to the flybridge is from the port side of the aft deck, up a flight of stairs equipped with stainless steel handholds. An electrically actuated hatch closes off the flybridge to help keep the aft deck dry during a rainstorm. Two Simrad multifunction display screens are at each of the three helm stations; two on the flybridge aft, on either side, and one in the centre of the forward saloon. The saloon station has a joystick instead of a steering wheel, while the flybridge stations are near a seating and sunning area with a folding-leaf dining table to starboard, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and two sun pads – perfect for a crowd or family getaway. In the hardtop there is a folding fabric sunroof, allowing the host to optimize or minimize the amount of sun coming through to the flybridge seating and sunning areas.
Given the size of the yacht the boat is extremely fuel efficient and with just two Volvo D4 engines of 260 or 300HP to push her along, she is capable of top speeds of 16kts but cruises more happily in the 10 to 12kts range. The fuel capacity of 3,000 liters is perfect for long distance cruising. The custom Lagoon RIB tender is stowed on a hydraulic platform and at anchor with the tender deployed doubles as a small teak beach for swimmers. It can be lowered just beneath the water for youngsters and those looking for a lift back to the aft deck stairs after a swim or a snorkeling adventure.
There are so many seating and sunning options it’s hard to grasp the size of the Lagoon 630 MY. Simply put, the aft deck is a full 247sqft and the total inside area is 893sqft – a great deal bigger than many Hong Kong flats! From her wide open Nauta-designed saloon to her spacious weather decks, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht is a comfortable and luxurious platform.
Length overall 19.50m (63ft 11in)
- Length waterline 18.65m (61ft 2in)
- Beam 10.00m (32ft 10in)
- Fresh water capacity 960 lts (254 US gal)
- Standard fuel capacity 3000 lts (793 US gal)
- Standard engine power 2 x 260hp
- Optional engine power 2 x 300hp
- Naval architects VPLP
- Interior design Nauta Design