We dash out to Cannes for a taste of life on board the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht
We meet the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht in its natural habitat – anchored in a bay. The 630 is probably going to spend a lot of its life on anchor because a) it’s over 30ft wide and b) that’s gonna cost you in a marina.
On the hook it can swing around in plenty of space and, due to its enormity, be very comfortable, even in choppy conditions.
The bay of Cannes was bustling on the day of our test but even with said chop and the wake of passing boats churning up the water the 630 was unflustered. So sedate it was on anchor we didn’t even bother looking for shelter, we just plonked the hook down and let the two slender hulls do the work.
There is such an abundance of living space on board this boat it’s hard to know what to do with it all.
The cockpit has transom seating and a very big separate dinette, there’s another large table on the flybridge, which also has two helm stations a wet-bar and a massive blob of sunpads just aft of the windscreen and then there’s the bow area, which is so big the two hulls are in different time zones.
Even the sidedecks are big enough to accommodate a table and chairs.
The interior layout is extremely flexible with the option to have five or six cabins and a galley up or galley down layout.
Hull number one has galley down, which leaves three guests cabins and a genius master in the starboard hull that gets its own lounge area, bathroom and a sliding door at the aft end that opens up to the rear deck. It’s brilliant.
Space is a rather obvious benefit of a power catamaran but dynamically there’s plenty to shout about, too. Like the fact this 40-tonne monster only needs a pair of 300hp Volvo Penta D4s to hit a 17-knot top speed. Then there’s how efficiently the two slender hulls cleave through the water.
Next year Motor Boat & Yachting will be doing a powercat special where you can read much more about the 630 and other power catamarans on the market.