Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran Review – Fooling the Eye!

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 was 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 

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 on to the next cat.


The interior of the 380 S2 is attractive and serviceable. There are touches of color here and there to please the eye, but I don’t really mind the interior design as long as it isn’t boring.

I thoroughly enjoyed the saloon booth and could sit for hours reading or chatting with my passengers. The below deck is a welcoming environment that puts everyone at ease and invites conversation.


The 380 S2 fools the eye by appearing to be a very small vessel from the exterior, but the boat is, in fact, bigger than you would guess.

There is plenty of room for all passengers to lounge around and spend time together, but this space is at the expense of the cockpit.

The cockpit on the 380 S2 is small, and I found it cramped. The good thing about it is that the cockpit was the only place on the boat I felt was lacking in space, but it was still a little unpleasant.

Comparisons with 380

The greatest differences between the original Lagoon 380 and the 380 S2 seem to be mostly cosmetic.

Both vessels are very similar, right down to their faults. If pressed, I would choose the 380 S2 because the design is more modern and the boat itself is an updated design, but overall, they are not drastically different.

Why Sail the Lagoon S2

  • Though it looks small, there is a good amount of space on board
  • Performs well in windward conditions
  • Safe and stable even in poor weather
  • Comfortable accommodations for yourself and your passengers

In Conclusion

I enjoyed my trip out on the 380 S2 and would recommend the boat to anyone wanting a small boat with just the right amount of space. Yes, there are a few issues with the 380 S2, but they are mostly based on the personal preferences of the sailor.

If it wasn’t for my gripe with the cockpit, I would say that the 380 S2 is the total package! The cockpit can be overlooked in light of all the other positives the 380 S2 has to offer. I’d charter a 380 S2 again in a heartbeat, and you should, too!


  • Manufacturer: Lagoon
  • Fuel tank: 100L
  • Fuel tank:100L
  • Freshwater tank: 350L
  • Blackwater tank: 2x of each 83 L
  • LOA: 11,55m
  • LWL : 11,50m
  • Beam: 6,53m
  • Draft: 1,15m
  • Cabins: 4 to 6
  • Berths:8 to 10

Have you sailed the Lagoon 380 S2? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comment below.

12 thoughts on “Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran Review – Fooling the Eye!”

  1. Hi

    That seems like a lot of fun, especially if you want to get the family together and go out and enjoy the water and the sun. It will definitely make a lot of good memories.
    Are you able to sail around the world in one or just a local area.

    Best Wishes

    • Hi Eboni,

      Yes , of course you can sail with this yacht around world, but I would suggest you to sail with a new one:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you the best

  2. I had no idea how beautiful the Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran is on the inside. I think it would be so fun to sail away on a long and relaxing cruise. Your pictures on your website are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never gone on a cruise of any kind, but this looks like it would be so much fun to do.

    • Hi Linda,

      Isn’t? Yes you right , a sailing vacation a board a catamaran is something not to miss out 🙂

      You can relax and sun bath on the net, jump into the water, do some diving ,fishing, kayak, etc.. There are enough spaces to store the equipment on a catamaran.

      Thank you for the comment and have a beautiful day!

  3. What sort of sailing skills and abilities make a catamaran easier or more difficult than a regular simple boat charter? I’m not a sailor but want to get into. What areas do you recommend for chartering? I’m looking to plan a vacay soon and would appreciate any ideas. This option you’ve recommended does look excellent.

    • Hi Sarah,

      There is a lot to say about catamarans:) I’ve written a nice article about this subject. A catamaran is spacious, and comfortable due to its two hulls, thus making it easier to control the boat.

      Catamarans are popular everywhere, especially in the BVI and the Caribbean due to the number of coral reefs and shallow waters. The Catamaran has also shallow draft, which allows you to anchor near the shoreline. Like many sailors I am in love with catamarans:)

      If you are interested to become a sailor, I would suggest you have a nice sailing getaway first to see if you like it and if you do, then you can take some sailing courses while being on a sailing vacation:)

      I hope it helped and if you need any to know further information, feel free to contact me, I’ll be more than happy to hear from you!

      Thank you for the comment and I wish you all the best

  4. I had no idea you could rent those for vacations, what a great idea. And there is surprisingly a lot more room that what you would think. I can’t believe there is actually 2 bathrooms on there!!!! Personally I am scared of the ocean, but I suppose if we were to stay close to a shoreline I could handle it!

    • Hi Jester,

      I was also scared of the ocean when I started and today I am able to sail long distances. How did I do? I was staying really close to the beach and slowly I’ve moved away from the shoreline and believe it, I didn’t even realize how far I was and how great it was!

      I would suggest you this technique:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you to sail soon!

  5. Sounds like a fun time to me 🙂 Loved the review and for a family or a couple, the Lagoon 380 s2 catamaran would be perfect. What a great European vacation. That is a great price for a seven day trip too. The problem with water tanks seems to be easily fixed.

    • Hey Tammy,

      Great to see you again:))

      Yes, the price is very attractive for a Lagoon catamaran. It’s a great boat! If you hire a skipper you won’t need to deal with this small point.

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

  6. I’ve never been on a catamaran before, but the pictures make it look fabulous. I can see why they are so luxurious. I plan on going traveling next year, and who knows, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to meet someone who has one and would be willing to take me on a quick ride. I’m kinda shy, so I’m going to have to really get out of my comfort zone., because I’ll be traveling alone. But this would sure be a cool way to sail the seas.

    • Hi There,

      If you are interested in sailing for free, there are forums like Crewbay, Sailing Networks where you can find boat’s owners who look for people to exchange services. This could be a wonderful way to travel and make new friends!

      I hope it helped:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a nice day!


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