Caprio’s First impression:
The styling of Lagoon’s 630 Motor Yacht suggests seakeeping ability and long range. This is good, but even better, she doesn’t need stabilizers, and has more interior volume than a monohull of the same length.
Consider this boat’s pedigree: naval architecture by VPLP and interior by Nauta Yachts. VPLP made its reputation designing hyper-fast sailing multihulls. This firm knows about low-resistance hull forms. Nauta earned its stripes by styling the exterior and interior of many fine custom and production sailing and motoryachts. Their collaborative effort places the Lagoon 630 MY on the top shelf for quality.
Unmistakably Lagoon, the 630 MY carries the builder’s trademark upright superstructure with a certain amount of pride. Flying in the face of current trends toward dramatic curves, severely raked windshields and side windows shaped like a scalpel’s blade, the vertical windows of the 630’s superstructure allowed Nauta to expand the useful space to the edges of the house. The shape of this structure, plus the shading from the overhangs above the windows and over the afterdeck, ease the burden of regulating the temperature inside the saloon.
Among the difficulties of designing a catamaran, creating bright staterooms may be the most demanding. Aboard smaller boats, the superstructure often extends outboard over the hulls, preventing the builder from using hatches in the narrow side decks to light the accommodations. The 630 is large enough, and also beamy enough, to have a spacious saloon without compromising the width of the side decks. Big hatches in these freeway-size decks, aided by portlights along the topsides, flood the accommodations with natural light.
Fans of monohulls like to say that finding space at the dock for a catamaran is a problem. They blame the extreme beam, and that’s reasonable, but only if you spend most of your time in a slip. Am I wrong to assume that being at sea is why we buy cruising boats? If that’s the case, renting a slip for a 90-footer will deal with your objection. After all, the interior volume is comparable.
And when you’re away from the dock and you want to go fast on little fuel, the Lagoon 630 is very attractive.
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- Builder: Lagoon
- Model: Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht
- Boat Type: Catamaran
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: $1,744,000
- LOA: 63'11"
- Draft: 3'11"
- Beam: 32'10"
- Displacement: 76,500 LB.
- Fuel Capacity: 793 GAL.
- Water Capacity: 254 GAL.
- Standard Power: 2/260-HP VOLVO PENTA D4s
- Optional Power: 2/300-HP VOLVO PENTA D4S
- Cruise Speed: 12 Knots
- Top Speed: 16 Knots
This article originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.