There are several features from the 440 that the Lagoon design team of Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) considered irreplaceable, namely the boat’s fine performance under sail (which we’ll address momentarily) and the signature flybridge around which the entire deck layout was centered. The redesigned flybridge on the 450, then, retains its predecessor’s intent but is improved in its new iteration. On the 440, to gain access to the stairwell that led to the second tier, one had to first leave the cockpit and go out on deck. Now, via sets of stairs incorporated directly into the cockpit to port and starboard, you can easily stroll up to the bridge—with its steering station, engine controls, sheets and related running rigging, and a new, dedicated sunbathing lounge directly forward on the upper deck—in seconds flat. It’s not only a better use of space, but from a safety standpoint, it’s also a significant upgrade.