Lagoon 43 Power Cat
APRIL 2005
Length overall  42'9"
Beam  21'1"
Draft  3'1"
Displacement  24,693 lb
Fuel Capacity  184 gals
Water Capacity  396 gals
Standard power  Twin Volvo 285hp engine
Base Price  $477,000

The owner's stateroom aft features a king-size berth on a raised platform that spans the hulls.

While Lagoon is best know for their French-built sailing cats, the power cat hull is a completely different design, drawn by naval architect Phillipe Subrero, who gained his experience designing high-speed commercial ferries.

The semi-displacement hulls can cruise at 10 knots for a thousand-mile range on the four standard fuel tanks, each holding 99 gallons. 'You can use it as a traditional trawler this way, or as an express cruiser, running at eighteen knots for a range of four hundred fifty miles,' explained Nick Harvey, director of Lagoon America. 'That makes it a very versatile boat.'

The boat we tested was equipped with the standard 200-hp Volvos. We headed from the docks at the Miami Boat Show with Captain Scott Vanerstrom at the wheel. While we were in the relative calm and running at manatee speed, I had a chance to explore the interior. You step in through a huge sliding glass door into the spacious main saloon. A 180-degree expanse of windows encapsulates the front of the cabin. There's a large dining table in the middle that could seat at least eight comfortably.

The inside helm station lies to starboard, with a wide bench seat and good visibility forward across the broad foredeck and aft across the port quarter. The galley's to starboard, featuring all the basic amenities and plenty of storage.

There are identical guest cabins in the forward end of each hull, each equipped with a double berth and separate head compartments.

The master stateroom aft features a king-size berth on a raised platform that spans the hulls. There's an enclosed head in the aft end of the port hull and an enclosed shower stall in the starboard hull. Each of the three heads on board has its own 20-gallon holding tank. Windows with opening portlights span the aft bulkhead.

The cockpit has an optional enclosure. The foredeck features an inviting settee molded into a sort of forward cockpit. The aft deck is spacious enough to stow a good-size tender, and the swim platform is broad enough for a wide range of aquatic sports activities.

Turning the corner around the lighthouse at the southern tip of Key Biscayne, the northwest wind was kicking up four-to six-foot waves, but the boat tracked as well as you'd expect. The hulls cut through the waves remarkably well, providing a soft, comfortable ride with only the slam of a wave hitting the underside about amidships between the hulls. 

Early on, we were making 17 knots at 3500 rpm, backing off to 12 knots at 3000 rpm as the waves built up. Heading smack into the wind, there was no hint of the 'rocking horse' effect I've heard of others experiencing in similar boats under similar conditions. Heading downwind, it kept on track, surfing with no fishtailing. At rest, taking the waves broadside, the boat was remarkably stable.

We took the helm up on the spacious flybridge and headed into the inlet against a stiff current and opened up in the relatively calm channel inside South Beach between the bridges, where we clocked a top speed of 19.5 knots at 4800 rpm. There's a satisfied feeling you get when you step off a boat that's a way of telling whether you've just had a good boat ride. After that 90-minute, 22.5-mile circumnavigation of Key Biscayne, I had that feeling.