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Boat Review: Excess 15

SAIL - Zuzana Prochazka

"Groupe Beneteau, builder of Lagoon Catamarans, debuted its new Excess multihull line at the Dusseldorf boat show in Germany in 2018. At the time they held a press conference where I may have been a bit of a pain as I asked what I thought were appropriate questions about the target market and what the difference was between these new boats and Lagoon. In fact, the first two models launched were based on a pair of existing Lagoon designs: the Excess (or XCS) 12 and 15 representing sportier versions of the Lagoon 40 and 50 respectively. I confess I had my doubts—but then I sailed them.

Design & Construction

Construction of the Excess line is vacuum-infusion with balsa coring in the deck and hulls above the waterline. Built in three sections, the Excess 15 has the same bridge deck and inner hulls under the waterline as the Lagoon 50, but different outer hull halves. Design firm VPLP took about a ton of weight out of the Lagoon version by lightening up interior fixtures and doing away with the flybridge. In fact, no XCS model, current or future, will be a fly design, in an effort to emphasize the line’s focus on sportiness under sail."

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