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Get Ready For A Paradigm Shift!
(...an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way)
For catamaran lovers and Jeanneau/Lagoon enthusiasts, this is the Paradigm Shift you may never have imagined...a classic Coastal Cruising Catamaran that's been reimagined, and refit with current style trends, accommodations, systems and performance features. She's perfect for day sails, weekends or even as a live aboard!
This #10 hull of only 11 models constructed was created by Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin and built by Jeanneau/Lagoon. Although Jeanneau is a French company, the Lagoon 35CCC is purely American in concept - roomy for her length and beam, simple and practical in her accommodations, reasonably fast, narrow enough to fit into a slip reserved for a 45' powerboat, and agile under sail or power.
Her current owner has gone above and beyond, fitting the vessel with innovative systems and amenities that far exceed OEMs to meet his high standards.
Owner's Survey Report is Available Upon Request for Serious Buyers!
Be sure to review the YouTube video walkthroughs and the History & Refit Summary for a comprehensive list of upgrades.
Paradigm Shift is currently on the hard in Frederica, DE - awaiting its new owner and arrangements for final refit, mast setting and running rigging.
You won't find a more unique, updated, clean, or more capable catamaran coastal cruiser anywhere...so contact me today before she slips away!
History & Refit Specs on 1997 Jeanneau/Lagoon 35CCC –
This is vessel #10 of only 11 models built by Jeanneau/Lagoon. Although Jeanneau is a French company, the Lagoon 35CCC is purely American in concept - roomy for her length and beam, simple and practical in her accommodations, reasonably fast, narrow enough to fit into a slip reserved for a 45' powerboat, agile under sail or power.
Original owner was Wayne Burdick, CEO and President of TPI/ Lagoon (Boat US member card still in one of the drawers). He sold it to a Ukrainian from Egg Harbor, NJ named Bo (named it "Bo's Folly). Bo sailed it in Chesapeake, bought a home on Leipsic River and wished to dock it in front of his new home. Alas, his dock permit was denied. His son was sailing it from NJ to DE when he overheated the S/B engine. Had it towed to Careys Marina in 2011. It sat on dry dock until 2015 when current owner first saw it. Two years later... Still in same spot, No door, windows cracked, birds and bugs made it a condo. Current owner bought it and had it moved to his driveway in 2017. The project began. Stripped and gutted interior, All vinyl, floors, 60% plumbing and electrical wiring, all fixtures, faucets and lighting.
The following is the progress to date.
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This roomy cat from Jeanneau is fast, handy and narrow enough for a slip in the marina…
THREE Cs — THAT PRETTY MUCH sums up the Lagoon 35CCC's station in life. She's a Compact Cruising Catamaran designed by Morrelli & Melvin and built for Jeanneau by Tillotson Pearson. Considering her fine pedigree, the first C in her model moniker could stand for Cool.
Although Jeanneau is a French company, the Lagoon 35CCC is purely American in concept - roomy for her length and beam, simple and practical in her accommodations, reasonably fast, narrow enough to fit into a slip reserved for a 45' powerboat, agile under sail or power, and priced to battle all comers in the less-than-$200,000 category. She's perfect for sailors who think a trawler will address the family's objection to sailing at 20 degrees of heel and living in cave-like accommodations.
The Lagoon 35CCC is a high-sided little boat – the price of headroom – but underway she feels more graceful than she looks. She’ll do 7-8 knots to windward in 12-15 true.
Her interior volume is astonishing – stowage under the counters swallows a foursome’s stuff, no sweat. The ambiance is cheery.
I sailed the 35CCC in Long Island Sound off Norwalk, Conn., with Wayne Burdick, president of Jeanneau America, and his wife, Amy. Winds blew 10 to 15 knots a little north of east and had built up an agitated chop of 2-3', short, steep and a bit confused. In spite of the confusion, the seas generally met us on the nose as we motored into the Sound from Norwalk Cove Marina. This little cat is not at her best motoring in these conditions. She was on the light side of her displacement range (9,500 lb. to 13,880 lb.), and her short hulls let her fall into the troughs, making the motion corky. Longer hulls span the conditions and check th e pitching motion. This motion isn't unpleasant, simply different from what sailors of heavily ballasted monohulls are used to feeling. An ultralight monohull has a similar motion, but the U-shaped sections typical of the type cause it to pound - the Lagoon doesn't.
Everything changed, though, when we hoisted the main and unrolled the jib. After we got her cooking at 7-8 knots on a close reach, the rig damped her motion and she settled into an easy canter. Although her motion under sail is still quick, it's nothing very different from what dinghy sailors think of as normal. Her under-wing clearance is about 2’ in light-displacement mode, so she seldom smacks the top of a wave. In addition to the generous clearance, the surface of the under wing is fair and devoid of excrescences that snag waves and slow the boat.
ONE OF THE NEATEST CHARACTERISTICS of any cruising cat is the negligible angle of heel when it's reaching and beating. The Lagoon is only a little, or no faster than the best monohulls of her DWL (we recorded 10,5 knots of the wind in less than 15 knots true), but she goes about her business undramatically - the rail isn't in the water, and you don't have to scramble to the high side on each tack. You can walk around in the cockpit, duck below to the head, cook, or simply relax in the saloon without having to brace against sliding downhill. On a broad reach, the 35 scooted along with the following seas but didn't let them push her around. So steering downwind is easy. Upwind or down, the 35's steering is light and quick, and her helm station is high so you can see over the doghouse without standing. You also can see all four corners of the boat during docking maneuvers.
Tacking, often a slow and tricky maneuver for a beamy cat, is as reliable and nearly as quick in the Lagoon 35 as it is in a monohull of the same length. She’s only 15'8" wide (18’ to 20' is typical for this length), has a shallow keel on each hull, and very effective rudders, all of which help her through stays. Under power, she’ll spin in her own length. She doesn’t point as high as a typical monohull, though, but if you foot off a bit she's fast enough to reach the weather destination at the same time, never mind that you have to sail a little farther.
Nothing beats a cruising cat, even a compact one, for living at sea. I like to think of the saloon as serving the same purpose as a family room at home, especially one that's adjacent to the kitchen. In the saloon, you entertain, lounge, cook and dine, as you would at home in the family room/kitchen. The 35's saloon is nearly perfect for a crew of four. The cook is never isolated from the social scene, and always has a horizon on the other side of the large windows to ward off the inevitable queasies.
The stowage spaces under the galley counters are very big but don't contain shelves or partitions. Burdick says that cruising sailors,himself included, have their own ideas about how to arrange stowage, and he doesn't see any reason to make them undo a factory installation to get what they want. More storage lives under the starboard settee - the water tank hides under the forward settee.
The cabin arrangement is simple and spacious. It leaves a lot of room for the owner to customize. The sail plan is modest but provides a lot of power.
Fiddles around the counters and the dinette table keep objects off the cabin sole in rough going, but you don't have to think about that much aboard a boat that doesn’t heel more than four degrees. The counters are molded fiberglass topped with Granicoat, a gelcoat with beads of color molded into it. I kooks like Corian but weighs and costs a lot less. The icebox is huge and insulated with 4” of foam. Only a Philistine will bemoan the absence of real refrigeration, because the icebox serves the coastal cruising purpose of the 35 equally well while it avoids the weight, complication and expense of electric refrigeration.
Morrelli $ Melvin carried the width of the house into the hulls to get headroom above the companionway to each. Steps are molded into the liner, relatively deep and not all that steep. I think they’re easy to negotiate, even for crew members who are unsteady on their feet. Back aft in both hulls, you’ll find a queen-size berth, a hanging locker and shelves for clothing. The berths are high in the hulls over the engine compartments. Access to the engines is through hatches under the berths and the cockpit lockers.
The standard 35 has one head with shower, and it’s in the starboard hull right forward of amidships. It’s big, is a molded fiberglass module and seems easy to use. It’s definitely easy to clean. The port hull is empty forward of the stateroom. You could have a second head put in there, but I’d make an office/workshop if it were my boat. The space way forward in both hulls is open and easily adapted to hanging stowage, shelving and what-have-you. Although these forward spaces aren’t watertight, the bulkhead extend well above the waterline so that if you hole either hull, the water will stay forward. The Lagoon 35 is constructed of fiberglass over a balsa core via the SCRIMP resin infusion method. She has positive buoyancy so she would have to be broken into little pieces before you would need a liferaft.
Solo or short-handed sailing is a snap because all of the sail controls lead to three self-tailing winches in the cockpit, lazy jacks manage the main, and the genoa is on a Profurl roller. The main is fully battened and has a good-size roach.
The Lagoon 35CCC is quite a package at a sail-away price of about $185,000. She steers like a dinghy, is faster than most monohull coastal cruisers, has very shoal draft for nosing onto the beach and has the accommodations of a small summer cottage. Oops. Another trawler sale goes up in smoke.