When we studied 12 motoryachts in the 76’ range in preparation for this report on the Lazzara Breeze 76 we were astonished at the differences between her and most other yachts in class. For example, she is the lightest and has the lowest standard horsepower propulsion system. In our report we cover 20 “distinguishing features” but there are, in fact, many more. Lazzara is not among the biggest production motoryacht builders, but it is certainly one of the most savvy as the Breeze 76 demonstrates.
CMD joystick control for docking
Navigational electronics include GPS, autopilot, and radar
8 custom cast and polished deck cleats
Sun pad with storage below
2 double bench helm settees
Lounge chairs in flybridge
Walk-around king size innerspring mattress in master stateroom
Double sized innerspring mattress in port/starboard staterooms
Dining table and chairs in dining area
Country kitchen style in galley
Lazzara Breeze 76 (2014-) Specifications
76′ 5'' 23.29 m
105,000 lbs. 47,600 kg(1/2)
18′ 5'' 5.61 m
4′ 5'' 1.35 m
1,300 gal. 4,921 L
300 gal. 1,136 L
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
The Lazzara Breeze 76 cruises at 20 knots according to a factory spokesman. It’s propulsion system pumps out 1,800-hp, much less than other boats in class.
The Mission of the Lazzara Breeze 76
She has multiple missions because she must appeal to people all over the world from multiple cultures and Lazzara's task has been to build a motoryacht to bridge the divide. Here are her major missions--
●To look beautiful to the nautical eye, be in step with trends in custom megayacht building, and a step ahead of the world's best fiberglass production motoryacht builders. At the same time create classic lines that will never go out of style.
●To build a boat that is reasonably fast, but not at the expense of common sense, knowing that in rough conditions all boats must go relatively slow.
●To design a boat that at normal and reasonable cruising speeds is remarkably fuel efficient.
The accommodations plan of the Lazzara Breeze 76. (A) Bench seat in VIP. (B) Walk-in laundry room. (C) Large, two-person master shower. (D) Unusually large deck area in master. (E) Walk in closet in master. (F) Mini-galley with sink in crews quarters/5th stateroom.
(A) Dinette adjacent to helm. (B) Helm seat. (C) Day head. (D) Space to enlarge the formal dining table to seat eight. (E) Stairway to the flying bridge.
(A) An optional electric hi-lo table can be installed which will turn this area into a sun pad in the down position. (B) Twin banquettes forward of the helm on which 10 people can sit. (C) Stairs from main deck. (D) Optional sun pad. (E) This area can be made into a boat deck with the addition of an optional davit which is hidden.
●To be modern and functional inside with décor in step with the latest direction coming out of the toniest design firms in Milano.
●To provide a boat that is easy to handle and maintain by an owner/operator.
●To create a boat that has room on all three decks to handle the needs of a large extended family, with the added advantage that such a large boat would also be ideal for the charter trade.
●To easily be able to comfortably entertain 25 to 30 people on the flying bridge for day excursions such as watching the America's Cup races…or, be able to accommodate as many as 24 people on the main deck alone for a buffet dinner, and as many as 35 or more people for a cocktail party.
●To accommodate sleeping 10 people in five staterooms in an owner/operator boat.
Formal dining for six or add a leaf to seat eight. Note the artfully made table with star-burst grain pattern. Lazzara yachts has on site machinery in the Lazzara factory that makes much of the boat’s cabinetry and furniture, this allows for complete customization and personalization of the furniture and woodwork on a customers boat. This machinery originates from North Carolina where it was used for the production of high quality piano’s such as Steinway.
The saloon is aft. The stairs to the left lead to the flying bridge. Note the wood-grain soffit on the overhead, dark wood molding and the absence of ugly grates for A/C.
Following are what we deem to be the major aspects of the boat which set it apart from others in class.
●Exterior Styling. Lazzara has its own special exterior styling that is difficult to characterize. At once it has aspects of Italian styling, yet it is more angular and at the same time more classic. It has elements of modern superyacht styling seen in aluminum and steel vessels built in yards in Northern Europe, yet it also has treatments that are more typical of boats in the 76’ range. In no way can it be considered a "me-too" look. Lazzara is marching to its own very talented maestro.
●The Displacement of the Breeze 76 is the lightest we found among the boats studied, at nearly 99,000 lbs. (45,000 kgs.) dry.
The galley and lower helm seen through a wide-angle lens. We like the glass facings in the cabinets and the adjustable height helm chair. The hardwood deck in the galley is standard.
Looking forward we see the cozy, leather L-shaped raised seating with table at right. Note that the planks in the decking are on the diagonal.
The lower helm forward of the galley. While this image is somewhat distorted by the camera lens, the windshield mullion will probably take some getting used to by the skipper. This is an unavoidable consequence of placing the helm to one side or the other.
●The beam is the narrowest in class by one inch. The Breeze 76’s beam is just a few inches less than two others in class but a foot or more less than eight others.
●The draft of the Breeze 76 at 4'5" (1.35 m) is least of all the models we studied, in all cases by 1' (30 cm) or more.
●Three Cummins 600-hp engines/twin MAN 1200 hp. The Breeze 76 has a total of 1,800-horsepower or 2400-hp, compared to the other five vessels which all have two engines and typically have from 2,400 to 3,100 horsepower per boat --or 72% more than the Lazzara yacht.
●Pod Drives and Joystick. Only a couple of other boats in class have pod drives. They have several advantages: allowing the engines to be in the stern, thereby permitting more accommodation space forward, better fuel-efficiency, greater control in high following seas, and joystick control for dockside maneuvering. Taken together it makes the boat a lot more owner/operator-friendly.
●Balsa Core is used extensively in her hull, deck, super structure, and bulkheads. Lazzara Yachts has been building motoryachts with hulls cored with balsa core below the line for most of its 20 years in business and is one of the industry's most experienced large motoryacht builders with this material. Lazzara prefers to use end-grain balsa coring material because of its impact resistance, which is far greater than foam coring and its adhesion properties to resin are well known.
●A One-Piece Deck from bow to stern is something the company is proud of and has a patent-pending on the process.
●A Single, Centerline Fuel Tank made of Hetron fire retardant resin is noteworthy. By having the fuel tank low, it lowers the yacht's CG. Because it is made of fiberglass it is not vulnerable to corrosion as are aluminum tanks. Having just one tank eliminates problems due to fuel management, fuel lines, and extra fuel pumps.
This is an unusual flying bridge so look closely. Note the seating forward of the helm and companion seats. This allows guests to easily communicate with the skipper and he does not have to turn around as on most boats. Note the bulwarks which are high for a sleek-styled boat in this class. By placing the glass strip in the bulwarks Lazzara has created the illusion of a lower superstructure. The hardtop is optional.
This is a view of the banquettes and the tables forward of the helm. Many European boats have a large sun pad forward of the helm. As many as ten people can sit here.
The upper helm is the primary command location on the boat because of its size and superior visibility. Note the quality and style of the bench seat. There are no European toad stools here, in fact the helm seats are a step up from the deck.
Looking forward on the flying bridge toward the helm. A dinette is on the left and a bar is at right. Behind the bar is the companionway to the main deck. Note that the optional hard top (which is made with carbon fiber) is supported forward by the two stainless steel posts flanking the centerline, leaving the corners open and breath-taking.
A view of the boat deck which is being used on this boat as a lounge area. A 1,000-lb. hydraulic davit is optional and can be hidden in one of the bulwarks (another Lazzara innovation). Note the width of the deck.
●The Stabilizer System by American Bow Thruster is standard. On most motoryachts in class, they are options.
●A Vessel Monitoring System which provides dynamic diagnostics of the vessel's major systems of hull and equipment function has been a standard for some time. Lazzara Yachts has its own proprietary system.
●All Major Items of Electronics for navigation, communication and vessel monitoring and control are included in the build. Only the industry's most respected vendors are utilized.
●Garage in the Transom with a hydraulically operated door that is ideal for storing such things as scuba gear. This compartment essentially serves as the lazzerette as the engines occupy the space normally used as a laz. It cannot hold a tender.
●Seating Forward of the Helm on the flying bridge that can seat 10 people in comfortable, wrap-around banquettes, attended by two tables is an important feature.
The master stateroom is full beam and the three large black panels in place of a headboard will give occupants a good view of the ocean and flood the cabin with light. All windows have shades. The door to the left leads to the walk-in closet.
On the starboard side of the master we see the entry to the master bath. Above the sofa is an electrically-actuated fold-down 46" Samsung flat screen with sound bar. A total of six TV screens are standard equipment for the vessel. Note the classy dark wood molding at both the overhead and the deck. Carpet comes standard in the staterooms and it is over plywood. Upper decks use balsa core composite decking for strength and light weight.
The fixtures on the sinks are brushed nickel and the pulls on the drawers and cabinets match. The mirror is beveled and the shower has a seamless glass door. The toilet is by Headhunter which is generally considered by many builders in the U.S. to be the most reliable brand in the industry.
The walk-in closet is actually larger than it appears in this image. The bulkhead treatment in simulated alligator. Important: All overhead lights in the Breeze 76 are low voltage, cool LED lights so there should be no concern about fire in a place like this closet where garments and paper often comes close to the lights.
●A True Flying Bridge. This is a strong differentiating feature separating the 76 from many Euro-styled flying bridges which have low profiles and low seats and helm. One builder of such a boat once described them to us as a “sun bridge with a helm added for convenience.”
● Largest Flying Bridge in Class. In terms of actual square-footage as well as utility, the Breeze 76 has the largest, most functional flying bridge among the 12 boats that we surveyed.
●Day Head on the Main Deck. Finding room for a day head on the main deck of a 76-footer is not as easy to do as one might think and most of the boats we checked in class did not have one.
●Walk-in Full Laundry. The Breeze 76 is one of the few motoryachts we have seen in this or even larger size ranges that has a separate compartment dedicated to separate washer and dryer units, plus associated shelving for laundry and cleaning supplies.
●Walk-in Closet in the Master Stateroom. Not all boats in class have them.
●Large Crew Quarters/5th Stateroom. A 76’ boat, particularly one with joystick control should be an owner-operator boat, which means the crew quarters can be used for guests or family. (Teenagers will love its isolation.) With a mini galley, head, couch and a double bed it makes a comfortable crew cabin for those who want to have a mate along for cleaning chores, or a cook/stew to prepare and serve food, do laundry and keep the boat tidy. Often, couples like to work together and they can be accommodated here.
View from the master stateroom down the long passageway to the VIP stateroom in the bow. Note the windows at the left and right which let light into the two guest staterooms. They can be shaded with screens or by electrically changing the tint of the glass.
One guest stateroom has twin beds. All staterooms have full heads with separate shower stalls. Note the large storage drawers under the beds for garments.
The other guest stateroom has a double bed. Owners can configure these staterooms any way wanted. To a large degree this boat is a semi-custom build and Lazzara will work with owners to personalize the interior so long as structural bulkheads are not affected.
Bow staterooms are notoriously similar, but Lazzara has tried to make the best of it by continuing its design theme here -- which certainly makes the cabin look elegant. We would put 4" fiddles on the shelves port and starboard so that they can be used to hold things once the boat gets under way. (Flower pots are fine at boat shows but underway they have to be placed on the deck and can make a mess.)
The Breeze 76 is Radically Different
It may take some time for those 20 "distinguishing features" above to sink in but their totality signals a radically different kind of flying bridge motoryacht than what the dozen or so yards -- world-wide -- that make these kind of yachts have been building the last decade or two. In some respects, we think the Breeze 76 and a couple of other new launches have made the older boats in class obsolete to some degree. Look--
●First, this boat has only 1,800 horsepower! Some of her peers have more than twice that amount. Most of the dozen motoryachts we checked have from 50% to 70% more horsepower. But she doesn't go 50% to 70% slower -- she goes about 30% slower, and that is in the low 20-knot range.
●Second, she weighs about 98,700 lbs. (44,863 kgs,) dry. That makes her the lightest flying bridge motoryacht in class on the planet. In fact, only two others even come close to her displacement. One peer motoryacht weighs 49% more. Most others out of the dozen we checked weigh from 20% to 30% more. This is a remarkable difference.
●Third, with a beam of 18'5" (5.61 m) she is the narrowest boat in class which makes her easier to push. Despite this she still has two guest staterooms below side by side with a passageway between them. Compared to the other boats she is giving up a couple of inches to a foot or more in beam which will effect living space for the guest and master cabins as well as on the upper decks.
● Fourth, because she is light and also is driven by pod drives in tunnels she draws less than any other boat in class -- about 1' (.30 m) less than the next boat. She is one of only two motoryachts in class that use pods, the rest are still using conventional straight-shaft drives.
The practical aspect of this is that she is more likely to be able to be accommodated at an owners dock in addition to being better able to navigate places like the Abacos, the eastern Baltic, West Coast of Florida, river systems all over the world, and places like the Chesapeake Bay.
● Fifth, her flying bridge is substantially larger in terms of height, deck space, and functionality. It can handle five different activities at the same time – sight-seeing forward, piloting at the helm and companion seats, serving lunch at the dinette, dispensing cocktails at the bar, and providing space for sun bathing aft. We can find no other flying bridge as large or functional in class.
The aft part of this deck is so large that can be used as a boat deck for a good-sized tender with the addition of an optional hydraulic davit. Because there is so much space, fold-up chase loungers and seats can be stowed here under the canvas. Likewise, when in sundeck mode, the tender’s cradle can be detached and stored to the side.
We like the optional navy anchor treatment in the Breeze 76. Note the boat’s large freeing ports in the bow and flying bridge cowling which extends beyond the windshield.
On the flying bridge the teak bar counter and cabinet for beach towels is standard. The bar stools, refrigerator and ice maker are optional. Six beach towels are included with the boat.
Looking from the upper helm to the companion seating to starboard. Note the molded in foot rest below the double-wide bench seat, the grab rail and cup holders forward.
The bow seating is most popular when at anchor or going slow. An optional arrangement allows the tables to electrically lower to form the foundation for a huge sun pad. Note the high bulwarks with teak cap rail and stainless steel hand rail above. This is both classy-looking and functional.
The Breeze 76’s bow seating can be converted into a huge sun pad with the addition of an optional electrical lift on the tables making them hi-lo.
At the opposite end of the boat is the aft deck which comes standard with a table with Corian top. The boat deck above extends over the settee providing shade and weather protection and permitting the possibility of enclosing the whole aft deck with optional polycarbonate side curtains for three-season cruising.
Teak is standard on the aft deck and on the stair treads. Note the wide side decks and raised teak cap rail. The unobtrusive stainless steel chocks and bollard at left are custom made.
What Has Been Left Out?
With all of the extra functionality and utility mentioned above, the question begs, “What has been left out?” The basic answer is just three things: a little beam, a lot of weight, and 10 knots of top-end speed.
Otherwise, she has virtually all of the equipment, hardware, appliances, functionality and utility of a dozen other boats in her class.
Why doesn't the Lazzara Breeze 76 have a top speed of over 30 knots? The answer is -- because it makes no sense to most people.
The Breeze 76 Calculus. In sea conditions over 4' (1.21 m) or so, motoryachts of this size can't run faster than the mid-teens (if that fast) without making everyone aboard sick -- if not bruised, cranky and sick. So in these conditions virtually all of the motoryachts in class will be throttled back to a speed that provides the degree of comfort that will keep guests happy. Those with the big, heavy engines with scads of unused horsepower are just hauling along a lot of needless iron and fuel to quench their big engine’s ravenous appetite.
On days when the seas are relatively serene perhaps 8 of our 12-boat 76-something fleet will be going 30 knots, while the Breeze 76 happily travels along at a mere 20 knots. (This is not exactly a trawler-crawler pace incidentally.) On a typical 50 nautical mile run from, say, St. Tropez to Monte Carlo (or from Miami to Bimini), the boats going there at 30 knots will arrive exactly 50 minutes faster than those going 20 knots -- 1:40 vs. 2:30. That is about the only advantage we can think of all of that extra horsepower.
Fuelish. Of course in the process those big engines will burn much more fuel -- but this isn't a matter of money because anyone who can afford a $4 million yacht is not worried about an extra few hundred dollars in fuel to go 50 miles a little faster. In the parlance of high rollers, that is merely "chump change."
However, what does make a difference to many people is being out of step with the times and their more responsible peers, particularly in Europe where climate change, the burning of unnecessary hydro-carbons, and the Green movement seems to have gotten a lot more traction than in the U.S. And, then, even in the U.S. there is still floating around here and there the good old-fashioned concept of not doing things to retched excess. Some people think it just looks bad..
Several motoryachts and even express cruisers these days take advantage of the fuel-efficiency that can be provided by three smaller diesels with pod drives as opposed to two larger engines with conventional drives. As can be seen here there seems to be adequate room around all three engines. The structure above them is the garage which is suitable for gear such as scuba apparatus and is essentially the lazzerette.
At the Birth of an Era. For those people around the world who are not familiar with the Lazzara name let us just say that it is the oldest one in the world of production fiberglass recreational boat building. In 1956 Vince Lazzara (a chemical engineer and yachtsman) built the first production fiberglass boat, the 41' (12.5 m) Bounty II sailboat which was designed by Phillip Rhodes. About 100 of them were built and some are still sailing today in locations all over the world. Lazzara went on to start Columbia, Gulfstar and a couple of other boat companies before he retired.
Along the way his two sons, Dick and Brad, learned about sailboat construction and design from their father. Twenty-three years ago they founded Lazzara Yachts and today Dick is the CEO and chief designer. Now, sons of both brothers work in the company, making them third generation fiberglass boat builders -- and there are not many of them around.
All of this is to say that while the Lazzara brand may not be as famous as some others in the large motoryacht category, it is not because this company is a Johnny-come-lately outfit. The Lazzaras very much know what they're doing.
There are eight well-designed outdoor entertaining venues on the Breeze 76. From bow to stern: 1) Bow tables and sun pad; 2) Banquette seating forward of the helm on the flying bridge; 3) Companion seating for three at the helm, 4) Table behind upper helm seating for four ; 5) Bar on the starboard side of the flying bridge; 6) Chase lounges and seating on the boat deck; 7) The aft deck seating; 8) The swim platform when at anchor.
Mother of Invention. Because Lazzara Yachts started in the depths of a
recession and has endured several of them since, it has never grown to be as big in terms of numbers as other names in the industry. It also chose not to be all things to all people and not build boats smaller than 64' (19.50 m). Rather, its forte has always been building high-speed large motoryachts for entertaining and cruising.
Along the way it created the "skylounge" concept that has been widely copied. It also was the first production motoryacht builder to popularize the "country kitchen" in production fiberglass motoryachts. Dick Lazzara keeps a close eye on the latest ideas in superyachts and is often the first to down-size them for use in the Lazzara fleet.
5-Star Interiors. But perhaps the most important aspect of Lazzara Yachts that set it apart from other production builders in North America (the above weight/horsepower calculus notwithstanding) is the style and quality of its interiors. Frankly, on that score it has only a few peers world-wide. From the initial designs themselves, to the materials, to the level of taste, to the construction and installation, we think Lazzara's interiors can go toe-to-toe with any production boat builder in the world.
Practicality. Unfortunately many yacht designers are so busy working that they get little time to actually go cruising on boats, even their own creations. Lazzara not only designs and builds large motoryachts, but the brothers are also yachtsmen in their own right. They were raised by their dad on boats. As a result they know what is practical and what looks clever but does not work so well in practice.
Family Owned. Of the 14 major production companies that are building boats in this class only 5 are privately owned. That doesn't always mean better customer service and warranty compliance, but it is certainly a strong incentive. Those four grandsons of Vince Lazzara have a lot riding on the reputation of their company so one would think that they will take good care of their customers. It is the only way to have a chance of surviving in the boat-building business. As we have seen, the Lazzaras are survivors.
From any angle the Breeze 76 has lots of practical functionality. (We’d put gates port and starboard above the stairs.)
Standard and Optional Equipment
Lazzara Breeze 76 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Fresh Water
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Lazzara Breeze 76 (2014-) Warranty
Lazzara Breeze 76 (2014-) Warranty Information
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