The Next Step
Lazzara Yachts introduces the latest edition to its motoryacht series, the LMY 64
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
During one of my several visits to the Tampa, Florida-based manufacturing home of Lazzara Yachts, Dick Lazzara, the company’s president, and I were sitting around the large dining room table in the on-premises, Italian-inspired palazzo digs where all prospective Lazzara owners come to ‘break bread’. I was doing a piece on an 84 footer and in order to complete my assignment, happily agreed to have lunch.
“It’s part of a tradition here at Lazzara,” he said as we finished up our antipasto and watched as the secondo corso, what would prove to be a wonderful serving of gnocci and bolognese sauce, made its way out of the cucina. “You see Ken, when someone buys one of our boats they become family. Now, you tell me, what better way is there to share things with family then to sit down and have something to eat,” he said, the smile coming from his bright blue eyes, his handsome face, and most importantly, his heart. “And drink,” he finished, raising a glass of fine Pinot Grigio and handing me a hunk of freshly baked Italian semolina bread.
The mantra at Lazzara is a simple yet profound one, especially as it pertains to how the company does business: That one rarely has a second chance to make a first impression. And since 1955, when Dick’s father Vince, a chemical engineer originally from Chicago built his first boat, that same attitude towards everything the company does, still rings true.
The multi-generational boat builders now includes Dick, his three sons Joe, Rich, and Tony, brother Brad and his son Steve, whose collective energies, vision, and business acumen have been incorporated into every Lazzara Yacht that splashes down the ways at the facility’s docks.
With many industry trend-setting initiatives and innovative approaches to design, including
the company’s trademarked Skylounge Cabriolet, its 106, 110, and 116 product lines, and in 2006 the stunningly beautiful and well-engineered LSX Series, boats that combine sport yachts with luxury, performance, and style, Lazzara Yachts now presents it’s the latest addition to its motoryacht line, the LMY 64.
I caught up with Lazzara and Company at this past Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and managed to shoulder my way aboard as onlookers, prospective owners, and the usual ‘tire kickers’ clamored aboard for a look-see. And yes, this boat is all one would expect from this builder; an expertly and thoughtfully designed yacht that is sleek, sexy, loaded with amenities and the latest in electronics and creature comforts, with an interior that is as comfortable as it is practical.
Length Overall: 64’ 6”/19.6 m
Length at Waterline: 51’8”/15.7 m
Beam: 17’4”/5.3 m
Draft: 4’9”/1.45 m
Displacement: 73,500 lbs./33,340 kg
Fuel Capacity: (estimated) 800 gallons/3,028 L
Fresh Water Capacity: 200 gallons/756 L
Black Water Capacity: 80 gallons/303 L
Top Speed: (estimated) 34 knots
Cruising Speed: (estimated) 31 knots
Main Engines: (2x) VOLVO D13 IPS 1200 (900hp)
Propellers: Nibral duo prop
Generator Onan: 17 kW
Electrical System: 120V/240V, single phase, 60 Hz
With all the hubbub going on around the Lazzara display on the docks of Bahia Mar, it was a bit hectic trying to get some time to sit down with Dick. But I’m sure there’s another meal in my future, sooner rather than later, when it comes to getting her out on the water for an upcoming sea trail. Until then, she’ll have to be a feast for the eyes. Mangia!