Lagoon 52 Catamaran Review – Good and Bad Points!

The Lagoon 52 is a redesign of the classic Lagoon Catamarans. This Lagoon 52 Catamaran Review will focus on the new aspects of the boat as well as the other features that make up the 52.

The intention of the redesign was to create more efficient use of space and improve accommodations.

At first glance, the 52 appears no different from other Lagoon Catamarans, but the differences, good or bad, are significant.


A noticeable change from the original catamaran design is the streamlining of the living spaces on board.

Excess corners have been blunted to increase space and give the boat’s interior more openness.

The furnishings are comfortable and provide plenty of space for lounging. Cabins have large double beds and an abundance of headroom for the taller sailors.

Comfort and ease of movement created by the layout of the boat make for a relaxing sailing holiday.

 Under Sail

Under sail, the 52 is powerful and can be easily handled under the stiff wind. The boat maintains speed and stability while making good time and crossing impressive distances in a short period of time.

Due to the redesign, the 52’s bridge and cockpit have undergone significant structural changes.

These changes have made operating the vessel markedly different from skippering other catamarans of a similar size, so there is an adjustment period needed.


The interior was designed to maximize space and emphasize the convenience of the layout.

The galley is not cramped, has a good amount of surface space, and is accessible to the saloon.

Storage lockers and storage areas are deep and hold every necessity comfortably.

The saloon can accommodate all guests without the feeling of being crammed together.


The construction of the cockpit was altered to make room for a flybridge deck and the layout of the lounge area on the deck.

This change has its good points and bad ones. The bridge opens up space and provides better shade, but because the mast was moved to accommodate this layout, the skipper’s line of sight is obscured in the center.

To get around this detriment, the wheel’s position can be changed.

Lagoon 52 Vs 500?

The Lagoon 500 is a classic catamaran design that is efficient and solid but lacks the space offered in a 52. In comparison, the 52 has much more space for passengers, especially on the flybridge.

This means more people can travel in relative comfort, as opposed to packing in too many people in less space or having fewer guests than you wanted.

Lagoon 52 Vs 560?

The Lagoon 560 is the larger of the two vessels but has less living space than the smaller 52.

This is largely due to the redesign the 52 underwent. Performance and stability are similar, though they are accomplished differently.

The structural designs and layouts are different as well, which could be the major decider for a sailor, depending on their personal preferences.

Why Sail the Lagoon 52

  • The redesign increases space and comfort and improves the functionality of the boat.
  • The boat is easy to control
  • The galley and saloon designs are particular favorites among sailors
  • Performs well, even under adverse weather conditions
  • Ample storage
  • Can accommodate more guests comfortably


Overall, the 52 has been vastly improved by Lagoon’s redesign. Compared to other vessels of the same size, the 52 has more space and comfort without compromising the performance, stability, and safety of the vessel.

The design may not appeal to every sailor, which is why there are so many designs from which to choose. However, any sailor willing to try something new should try the 52!


  • Cruise speed: 7
  • Maximum Speed: 8
  • Beam: 8.74 feet
  • Maximum Draft: 1.5 meters
  • Cabins: 4
  • Type: Catamaran
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Engines: Yanmar 57 HP Onan Genset 17.5kVA 1500 RPM, 220v/50Hz Inverter 3000W

Did you sail the Lagoon 52? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

16 thoughts on “Lagoon 52 Catamaran Review – Good and Bad Points!”

  1. This cat is amazing! I’ve captained a Privilege 48, which isn’t much smaller than this boat, but the cabin space on the Lagoon is much bigger.

    I’m not a huge fan of the bridge deck as you’re completely isolated from the rest of the crew. You’re also going to feel every little wake being that high up. But another benefit that you don’t mention is it makes it easier for you to see the water, which can really help navigating areas with shallow reefs.

    • Hi Chris,

      Great to hear from you again!

      Thank you for mentioning this benefit which is important !

      About the bridge ,You have the option to be alone or accompanied .Your are not completely isolated, you can still have some guests around you and have fun together.

      Thank you Chris for passing by and for your helpful comment

      Have a great day

  2. To be honest, I never really considered that chartering a boat was a remotely affordable way to vacation. Obviously, this still isn’t cheap, but it does look like a good way for a family to spend some quality time together. What would you suggest as a cheaper alternative to the Lagoon 52?

    • Hi Paul,

      I would suggest you the Lagoon 380 as it is much cheaper than the 52 and still have plenty of space!

      Here you can find further detail about the Lagoon 380 :

      I hope it helped

      Thank you for passing by and wish you an awesome day

  3. Hi Daniella, Thank you for the review! I’m looking for a ship to go on a surfing trip along the French coast. We will be going with 10 people who are all bringing 1 or 2 boards, as well as wetsuits and some filming equipment. Do you think the Lagoon 52 has enough storage capacity to bring along all this gear, or should I be looking out for another model?

    • Hi Guy,

      I would suggest the Lagoon 52 (6 Cabins) if you plan to sail with 10 people.

      There are plenty of space and enough storage lockers and deep stowage areas for your equipment. As it says in the review the Lagoon 52 was redesigned to improve space and accommodation.

      please let me know if you need any further information, and I will be more than happy to help you.

      Have a great day!

  4. Wow, this catamaran lagoon 52 looks awsome. I like all the clear large photos you put on your website to accurately and clearly illustrate what you are talking about. I also like the plan of the boat as that always helps me work out what is where and whether it’ll work for me when I;m out on the water next.

    • Hi Nicola,

      Thank you for the compliment, I really appreciated.

      It’s always helpful someone can help you with the plan!

      Hope to see you soon on the water and I wish you a great day

  5. Hey Daniella,
    Great review, love the pictures. I can’t wait for next year, we are planing a trip to Europe and we are definitely looking to charter a sail boat for a week.
    Do you know if charter company have off-seasons rates? And if they do, when is it?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Jonathan,

      Yes, they have off-seasons rates, but it depends where you want to sail in Europe and when?

      Don’t hesitate to contact me for further details, I will be pleased to help you to have a wonderful sailing vacation.

      Thank you for passing by and wish you a great day!

  6. Thanks for this review! What a beautiful catamaran. Thanks for the comparisons between the Lagoon 500 and Lagoon 560. At least now I know which one to opt for when taking the whole family out for a trip next year. Do you recommend this particular model if you’re going on a trip with kids?

    • Hi Julie,

      Yes, I think it’s important to compare, it helps you to chose the right boat and to decide:)

      Kids love sailing, and yes I would definitely opt for this spacious and comfortable cat. Of course, you need a net for the children’s security.

      Thank you for the comment

      I wish you a wonderful day!

  7. I was blown away just by the picture at the top – Santorini isn’t it? I have read quite a few of your charter reviews now and am definitely planning on booking one in the next few months! Not quite sure where to yet but the Lagoon 52 looks a-ma-zing! From 8,000 Euros as well that is not too much between several people – how many people can it accommodate up to? I need room for all my luggage! 🙂

    • Hi Holly,

      Sorry, this isn’t Santorini, it’s the British Virgin Island:) The Lagoon 52 can accommodate 10 to 12 people, this yacht is spacious and comfortable. You won’t have to worry about your luggage!

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

  8. Bring soft sided luggage on any boat excursion and your sure to have much more room. As to the Lagoon 52, I can assure you’ll be comfortable with a total of up to 10 onboard as I’ve just done the BVI on a new model with 8 (including crew of 2). If you have to go over budget for the Lagoon 52, do it. You’ll be glad you did.

    • Hi Robert,

      That’s wonderful. I am glad you had a good time on your Lagoon 52 in the BVI:). Indeed. This catamaran is spacious and comfortable!
      Yes, you are right, soft bags are much easier to store on a boat. The Duffel bags are great for sailing!

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience and wish you a lovely day!


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