The “Sky King” Lagoon Sixty 5
Jon Whittle

Of all the adjustments and changes in the design and layout of large cruising catamarans, the most innovative has certainly been the addition of the flybridge helm station and the “upstairs” lounging area. To be perfectly honest, the feature took a while to grow on me. At first it was all about aesthetics: in Herreshoff’s name, what was that mainsail gooseneck doing a story or two in the sky?

But as I sailed a few catamarans equipped with a flybridge, in particular the Lagoon 620 – the predecessor of the brand’s latest slender catamaran, the Sixty 5 – I realized that my problem was a question of perspective. The beauty of the flybridge is not obvious when you look to her. The sparkle becomes clear as you encounter the open waters and 360 degree views of the horizon while perched above.

The over 67ft Sixty 5 has a wide and well reasoned platform above the seas. Its imposing panoramas are just the beginning. Two helms with comfortable, padded bench seating, along with engine controls and chartplotters, flank a quartet of Harken winches, all of which are covered by a sturdy overhead Bimini. The traditional mainsail is trimmed using a continuous wire carriage, also driven to the Harkens. Unfortunately our test sail was sailed in a medium breeze, but we still made a solid 5 knots under the code zero headsail in just 7 knots of wind.

Luckily there were other attractions to hold our attention, especially the ‘Upper Kitchen’ with a refrigerator, sink, ice maker, Kenyon grill and enough seating to open your own water based coffee. . As for steering, there’s a second interior station in the saloon controlled by the B&G autopilot, eliminating the need to venture into altitude for heading adjustments.

Back at sea level, owners have many choices and options. There can be four, five or six cabins; the galley can be upstairs in the saloon or downstairs in the hull; and there are many styles of Alpi wood finishes and upholstery, all of which you would expect on a vessel priced over $3 million. The owner’s cabins, in particular, are sumptuous.

Construction, as with the entire range of nine Lagoon models from 40 to 78 feet in length overall, is simple: balsa-core laminate in the hull and deck, with polyester and vinylester incorporated in the draping. Teak decks are a touch of class you don’t usually experience on a catamaran. There are a pair of generators, one of which caters to general household needs and a second dedicated to individual air conditioning units scattered here and there. A pair of 150hp Yanmars are standard, although our test boat was upgraded to twin 195hp diesels mated to Flexofold propellers.

The cat’s profile is striking, with a straight stem over the bow to maximize waterline length and the familiar turret-style brow of the coach roof, a Lagoon hallmark. There’s a cool forward cockpit for lounging and reading, offset by an aft cockpit with seating and a dining area. The integrated bowsprit is another sweet touch, allowing for a three headsail arrangement to easily change gears depending on wind strength and direction.

Lagoon currently builds around twenty boats a year. All went to private owners, not charter companies, although many owners offer their boats with full crews for five to 10 weeks a year, to offset the expense. It is a proven business model with all superyachts. The Sixty 5 is a lot of boats to manage, and almost every owner will employ a hired captain, chef and mate, who have their own dedicated quarters on board.

But back to that flybridge. I’ve always wanted to experience what it’s like to have the conn on a big freighter or a cruise ship, with the long scans and endless ocean views. Since I sailed the Lagoon Sixty 5, I think I know.

Herb McCormick is a C.W. editor-in-chief.