Modern Luxury Meets the Sea

If yachting equals luxury, Lagoon’s SEVENTY7 is setting a new, even higher standard of elegant catamaran sailing vessels

Photographs by Nicolas Claris  copyright LAGOON

The word catamaran originates from the Tamil word kattumaram, meaning “tied wood.” The first catamarans were little more than simple rafts made of widely separated logs, sometimes employing a sail. These primitive vessels allowed the ancient Polynesian people to sail, explore, and trade in the Pacific. It isn’t hard to envision an ancient sailor’s reaction should he a glimpse of such modern nautical advancements we have today.

Enter the Lagoon SEVENTY7 – the 76.4-foot luxury sailing cat that was officially launched at the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival. With the same dimensions as a tennis court, space will never be an issue aboard this considerably large vessel. Perfection may be unattainable, but the SEVENTY7 certainly comes close, with her organically flowing form, ambitiously designed interior, and inspired use of space that sacrifices neither beauty nor functionality.

The SEVENTY7’s massive size makes her an ideal charter yacht. She can comfortably sleep eight guests and has room for up to four crew members. Each guest cabin features a luxuriant island bed, a sea view, a desk and chair, storage, and an en suite bathroom. Many luxury vessel owners strive to make their guests feel as if the boat is a home away from home, and on the SEVENTY7, no expense has been spared to achieve this aim.

Nauta Design has truly optimized the layout to create a contemporary, elegant living space with French-inspired decor. The interior salon is a testament to the art of design refinement. Large windows encircle the room, creating an ideal balance of space and light. Motorized shades allow for an easy transition from full sunlight to darkness should guests decide to relax indoors during daylight hours or should they prefer privacy when docked at a busy marina during the holidays. For a retreat away from the busy modern world, concealment technology hides a flatscreen television in the ceiling panel above the bar creating an aesthetically pleasing living area unmarred by bulky electronics.

The forward deck, accessible through the salon, opens into another secluded lounge area ideal for relaxing with a drink for a sunset cruise while underway. For sunbathing and watching passing wildlife, the trampolines offer just the ticket.

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Accessible from the salon, and separate from the other cabins, the owner’s suite radiates an air of privacy and incredible comfort. Even with a king size bed, sofa, and writing desk, the room feels spacious. Two, large windows allow natural light into the cabin and a beautiful view of the water. Hand crafted cabinets, built-in bookshelves, and drawers allot enough room for guests to unpack without feeling cramped.

With a large walk-in closet, guests staying in the master suite will feel free to pack comfortably for their trip. An optimization of space, the suite’s bathroom boasts custom counters, double wash basins, a sea view window, and a large shower.

All other features aside, the hydraulically activated private veranda is the owner suite’s standout feature. The balcony opens to create a 34-square- foot private outdoor space which can serve as a private beach or balcony that invites guests to indulge in the gorgeous view, the natural light, and the fresh air.

As a guest on board the Lagoon SEVENTY7, you will enjoy seamless transitions from room to room, creating the impression of absolute harmony. Imagine emerging from your cabin after a restful night of sleep on a custom mattress. As you enter the salon, a stewardess serves you a hand-pressed coffee, which you sip as the lure of the ocean pulls you to the aft deck, where a large door opens to create what feels like one large, outdoor space.

After a breakfast of fresh tropical fruit and a made-to-order omelette, take a dip in the always refreshing sea. Then, climb the minimalist spiral staircase to sun yourself on the flybridge cushions while you catch up on your reading. The teak table with sofa and chairs offers seating for up to eight guests and is the ideal lunch spot while on charter. The inviting flybridge makes it easy to envision waking up without a care in the world, enjoying a day of play on the water, and capping off the evening with easy conversation over a bottle of vintage red.

Your children (or you!) can enjoy a fun game of “walk the plank” on the passerelle, while senior guests or scuba divers will like using the hydraulic swim platform to gently transition into the water. The large garage will be stocked with toys–inflatables, sea bobs, paddleboards, water skis, and more. If the yacht doesn’t have what you want, the crew will gladly purchase the toy for your charter before you arrive.

Of course, such a large yacht necessitates a happy and productive crew. The ideal use of space minimizes travel frustration by maximizing functionality, which is why the galley is directly accessible from the crew quarters and the main salon. When it’s time for cocktail hour on board, the stewardess will appreciate easy access to guest seating as she serves freshly caught mahi ceviche, plantain chips, and your specialty cocktail of choice.

After the sun has set, you’ll relax under the stars as the boat gently rocks on calm Caribbean seas. You’ll breathe easy with the knowledge that all is right in your private floating paradise, and that, blissfully, tomorrow is another day on the water.

Lauren Hodgins
Lauren is a crewed yacht charter broker based on St. Thomas, USVI. Working in the industry since 2004 and sailing over 8,000 nautical miles to date, Lauren now heads Caribbean Yachts International. www.CYIcharters.com
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