THE MULTIHULL GROUP - LAGOON CATAMARANS

Marc Van Peteghem

Naval Architecture 

Marc has always been driven by curiosity and possibility…never afraid to embrace new technology, but always aiming to create boats that are simple, efficient and proportionate.

Founder of the naval architecture agency VPLP in 1983 with Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, Marc Van Peteghem specialises in designing monohull and multihull racing yachts, series production sailing catamarans and luxury custom sailing catamarans.

Marc’s focus point is life on board… understanding that indoor and outdoor spaces work together as a series of interludes where different groups of people interact.

And by putting people at the heart of the design process he has ensured the gentle giant of the Lagoon family retains soul of the yachting world, while remaining generous and embracing nature.

Marc’s versatility is evidenced in his range of work, including designing and building a 60-foot (18 m) racing trimaran for the movie “Waterworld”; designing catamaran ambulances and hospitals for Bangladesh; creating and presiding over NGO Watever, which assists underprivileged populations living on or near the water; and co-founding The Sustainable Design School in Nice.

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Bruno Belmont

Sailing yachts Projects Director/Group Beneteau

One of the most revered innovation designers of his generation, Bruno is a collaborator, a passionate designer and a sailor. “When working on the Lagoon design for the SEVENTY 7, we worked together as team to deliver a sleek, thought-out design on a family-friendly yacht that provided a large yacht experience with no wasted space.”

Bruno’s passion for Multihulls and his history with Lagoon stretches back to the days of the movie “Waterworld”, where Bruno was involved in the design and build of the racing trimaran for Kevin Costner.

Indeed it was Bruno who even taught the famous actor to sail her.

As head of product design at the Beneteau Group, Bruno has been integral to many important sailing innovations, such as the recent development of the wing sail rig, which is making sailing simpler and more affordable and beginning a new era in sailing.

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Yannick Leroux

SEVENTY 7 Project Manager in the Lagoon design office

“I’ve always had connections with Lagoon, even prior to working on the boat projects,” says Yannick.

“I sailed on Lagoon 55 No. 1 and even had the opportunity to deliver the first Lagoon 42 to arrive in France. I can’t get away from Lagoon!”

Totally self-taught, Yannick has always been passionate about boats and sailing…in fact his life has always revolved around boats.

Yannick’s love affair with boats began when he was a skipper for a few years, and then he fetched up on St Barts, where he ending up staying for 6 years. While in St Barts he set up his joinery workshop in 1984, and built himself a “Saintoise”, the local boat!

Yannick prides himself on his high level of accuracy, great communication within his team.

“My role as project manager for Lagoon is to bring together:

– the dreams of the product development team

– future customers’ requirement

– the imagination of the architects and the interior designer

…and turn them all into one coherent design brief.

“It’s up to me and my team, to organise this information, to transform ideas into reality and enable the creation of stunning, sleek and sophisticated yachts.”

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Patrick Le Quément

Exterior Styling

With over 42 years’ experience in the design industry, Patrick Le Quément has easily made the transition from the automotive sector into the marine world, and he continually brings a fresh new perspective to the world of naval design.

Patrick’s design work on the Outremer 5X Catamaran was voted European Boat of the Year 2013 and Multihull of the Year, USA 2014. He has also been creating and Lagoon catamarans for Beneteau with the naval architects at VPLP and their latest design project was the build of the SEVENTY7.

“Since my incorporation into the VPLP team as exclusive designer, I’d spent a lot of time thinking about the specific Lagoon characteristics we needed to achieve:

– A strong personality… rather than conventional elegance

– Intelligence… rather than power

– A vision… rather than tradition

– Reassuring robustness… rather than lightness at all costs

– “High-Touch” … rather than the unbridled pursuit of “High-Tech”

“Our desire was to increase the emotional charge of the Lagoons, giving them greater charm to accompany the architectural breakthroughs that have made the brand an archetype.”

The deft hand of Patrick le Quement ensures overall design cohesiveness and focus on the key values of seaworthiness, performance, maneuverability, and simplicity, ensuring the exterior design of a Lagoon will perform well under all scenarios.

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