The 64' (19.50 m) range of enclosed express motoryachts is a surprisingly crowded bit of boating turf given the fact that these boats cost $2.5 million or more. Nearly every major motoryacht boat builder has a model in the 62' to 65' (18.9 m to 19.8 m) space. We count no fewer than 7 of these boats in class from large companies, plus almost as many from small yards. And more are on the way! Some are clearly not as functional, or as spacious, or as well-built, as others. So how to choose the best one -- or the right one for a specific purpose -- or the best value for a specific purpose -- or the one best-suited for a specific individual?
There is only one way. Examine them in depth. We will start this week with our look at the Lazzara LSX 64.
4 zone air conditioning system with air handlers and thermostats
Boat deck LED lighting
42'' LCD TV in main salon
Salon helm station with fully instrumented helm
Electronics include autopilot
Walk around Lazzara-size king bed with innerspring mattress
Forward seating group and sun pad in bow deck
Refrigerator with icemaker
Lazzara LSX 64 (2014-) Specifications
73,500 lbs. 33,339 kg
17′ 4'' 5.28 m
4′ 5'' 1.35 m
900 gal. 3,406 L
200 gal. 757 L
16′ 4'' 4.98 m
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.
For years, Lazzara was focused on building larger yachts, but now founder Dick Lazzara is focusing on the lower end of the motoryacht size range. Hence, this new 64, part of the LSX lineup, was born. She is the smallest yacht Lazzara builds.
She has three distinct missions:
1) Day boat entertaining, thus the large salon, and huge aft deck with two seating venues;
2) Serious cruising in old world comfort, but with modern style, in three extremely large staterooms below, all with en suite heads.
3) To go fast, but to eschew the 40-knot hurdle, something that only costs money and adds needless weight. Rather, Lazzara would go the more prudent route of building a boat that was both fast, say 30 knots, plus, and be relatively fuel efficient, thanks to the boat's weight, hull, and IPS pod-drive propulsion.
• Bow Seating. All too often in boats this size the sun pad is the "seat" and it’s always in the form of a chaise, which is more of a lounge than a seat. Traditionally, seats have been tucked into the forward part of the trunk cabin forward of the sun pad. Lazzara has placed it abaft the sun pad. Here, with tables installed, guests can actually sit and enjoy each other’s company while having a glass of wine and watch the sunset.
• Tender Garage. No sense taking up real estate on the swim platform when there’s available space under the aft cockpit deck. The garage opening is hydraulically actuated.
• Galley Down. Having the galley and dining areas on the lower deck allows the main deck to be completely devoted to entertaining in the main salon.
• Master Stateroom Layout. By placing the master bed athwartships, not only does Lazzara make the best use of space, making the stateroom appear huge, it also maximizes space for the rest of the accommodations below.
• IPS1200 with Joystick. The 64 is powered by twin D13 Volvo Penta engines putting out 900-hp each. Builders in this size and type have been slow to adopt pod drives, but Lazzara was one of the first and probably has as much experience with them as any builder in class.
• Hydraulic Teak Beach. By making the swim platform hydraulic it not only becomes a watersports venue, but it can also help launch and retrieve the ship's tender. Having it as standard equipment is unusual.
● Aft Deck Seating. The boat's designers have created both a conventional bench seat on the centerline at the transom that can seat six for dining, and an L-shaped seat with table forward to starboard. This means as many as 11 people can be seated on the aft deck for diner or cocktails.
● Large U-Shaped Galley. Lazzara says that her its galley is the largest in class. We have not measured them, so we'll take their word for it. Certainly it has the largest stand-up refrigerator freezer in class.
● Huge Accommodations Space. Lazzara believes in maximizing living accommodations and minimizing engine room size. The result is more room for the owners and guests and less for the mechanics and for storage of stuff.
In this view we get a good look at the dual entrances to the cockpit deck. Notice the couple at the bow enjoying the forward facing seats.
Lazzara manages to keep weight down in their yachts by using modern methods of construction and lightweight materials. They cost a bit more, and are sometimes more labor intensive, but the build quality of the LSX 64 is second to none.
It starts with glass reinforced plastic (GRP) composites, with hand laid, unidirectional fiberglass over a balsa cored hull. Resin is infused through a vacuum bagging process and all stringers are balsa cored for light weight while maintaining strength. The main deck is also vacuum bagged but E-glass and a graphite balsa cored deck is used in place of the GRP. And the entire deck is created in a single piece.
Even though she’s designed to cruise at 30 knots, she presents a stately profile at rest. Notice the opening side window at the helm.
Chines, keel and all penetration areas are solid fiberglass with a blister resistant gel coat under the waterline. Vinylester resin is used for the hull and deck with a UV resistant exterior gelcoat.
That bow seating continues to impress us as it still allows for a sun pad forward to relax on. There’s sure no shortage of hull-side windows on this yacht.
Lazzara uses pod drives for their efficiency and ease of boat-handling, and as such, Volvo Penta has been chosen as the power plant supplier for the LSX 64. In this case, a pair of D13 900-hp IPS 1200s turning dual, counter-rotating Nibral props. These are operated by both the helm and optional cockpit control stations. The cockpit station includes the joystick, a transfer panel, and start/stop panel. Electronic steering is used, as is the engine sync feature while underway. Naturally, the latest generation EVC display is at the helm.
Distinguishing Construction and Mechanical Features
The Lazzara LSX 64 incorporates a number of building techniques, materials and equipment that is a bit out of the ordinary. So of the items that have caught our eye are--
●Vinylester Resin for Both Hull and Deck. Virtually all boat builders these days use vinylester resin as a skin coat below the waterline because it stops water osmosis and therefore eliminates gelcoat blistering. With a balsa-core hull, such as the LSX 64's, it is absolutely essential. What is unusual is the use of this expensive resin in the topsides and on the deck as well.
The electric sunroof is optional. Thankfully, the helmsman can stand at his station without the need to pop his head through the opening, as is necessary in some European designs.
●Balsa-Core Interiors. Not only does Lazzara use balsa core in its hulls and decks for added strength and puncture-resistance, but it also uses this material in bulkheads and decking. By using balsa instead of plywood a tremendous amount of weight is saved. (The lower interior deck is plywood, which is pretty standard in class. It also helps keep the CG low.)
●2 Emergency Bilge Pumps. The better-built boats in class usually have a high-capacity electrical engine room bilge pump for emergencies, but we prefer to use the main engines’ water pumps for this purpose. Auxiliary electric bilge pumps simply can not suck up water at the rate of the main engines' pumps and they are the fastest way to dewater a boat. The 64 has both types of systems, belt and suspenders.
●Epoxy-Coating Engine Room. It is important to keep the engine room clean, and nothing makes that job easier than a good, white epoxy coating. If well maintained, it makes a 10-year-old boat's engine room look like new.
●Ultra Sound Engine Room. Engine noise is the bane of any powerboat's existence and Lazzara has taken special pains to reduce that noise. The builder calls its noise suppressions system "Ultra Sound". As we have not tested this boat we cannot report on the sound level readings to validate the system's efficacy.
●Modular Interior Construction. Traditionally, because so few large yachts were built, their interiors were constructed inside the hull. Needless to say this was difficult and time consuming for many reasons. Lazzara, like other modern builders -- but certainly not all in class -- builds the interiors outside of the hull, then places them inside and glasses them to the hull sides. This process is a win-win for all concerned.
●Rubber Support Bushings. Lazzara has patented its "Isolation Dampening" system, where it uses hundreds of rubber cushions between its interior accommodation modules and the stringers upon which they sit. This is part of the builder's elaborate process to reduce noise.
●Real Wood Interior Decking. There are several places in the yacht where planked wood decking comes standard. It is not synthetic simulated wood as we see on many yachts, which we don't find particularly objectionable. However, there is no denying that real wood planks carry their own special cachet.
●Windshield Glass. In the LSX 64, Lazzara uses a high "Thermal E" rated glass that is laminated and chemically-treated for extra strength.
The rails continue well aft making a safe transition to the bow possible when underway.
The engine room is accessed via a water-tight hatch in the starboard steps to the cockpit. The engine room itself is gleaming white epoxy coated. Lazzara thoughtfully provided a freshwater spigot for topping off the coolant. An automatic discharge fire extinguisher system is also provided and it’s connected to an engine shutdown. Of course it also has a manual pull to engage.
A 21.5 KW Onan genset provides the electrical power while underway. The builder selected Onan because this relatively slow turning diesel is one of the quietest on the market. It will power the standard four-zone air conditioning system with air handlers and thermostats controlled by touchpad controls.
Bilge pumps are all 24V and Lazzara has provided three automatic, one aft, one forward, and one in the engine room. Two more emergency pumps are engine driven, as mentioned above. And there’s even one more diaphragm pump in the engine room.
The marine environment and the movement of the yacht sloppy seas overtime can take its toll on the vessel's electrical system. In fact, electrical systems have been an Achilles heel for some builders in the past. For that reason, Lazzara takes special pains with both electrical system and electronics.
All interior and exterior lighting is LED for lower energy consumption and less heat generation. Emergency lighting is also provided. All of the ships’ electrical systems are controlled by a 64-channel ISIS 500 Vessel Monitoring System that includes a monitor at the helm and engine room.
For electronics, Lazzara went with a fully instrumented helm console with a GPS plotter, radar, sounder, Simrad autopilot and compass display. The yacht is "turn key" as far as electronics is concerned.
Another staple of an extended voyage is the ability to keep the clothes clean. Here, Lazzara has it covered with a dedicated Bosch washer and separate dryer -- far better than a combo unit.
The main deck offers two exterior sitting areas and one interior in the main salon. A railing leading to the companionway below surrounds the helm. Note the loft-like, or balcony aspect of the upper deck as it overlooks the galley and space below. This design floods light below and keeps the chef part of the main deck conversation.
Consumer Caveat. The interior materials seen in the photos on this page are the personal selections of the owner of this particular vessel. Lazzara gives "standard allowances" that permit personalization of the décor. Selections are not limited to the standard offerings and are charged accordingly when the allowance is exceeded. This is pretty much standard practice by the better builders in class. As with all yachts, details are subject to change without notice. BoatTEST.com has endeavored to indicate what is standard and optional at the time of review, but only a dealer or the factory can provide the specific information at any given time.
Look closely to see the baby boarding doors in the sides of the bulwarks at the top of the stairs. Chairs ahead of the cockpit table allow everyone to dine al fresco. Decking and stair treads are all standard teak. And it’s clever to have a moon roof to allow a view while still providing shade to the deck.
The LSX presents a grand entrance from either side of the standard hydraulically actuated teak swim platform. The treads are teak. A spacious cockpit features a large transom-mounted sofa with table which converts into a sun pad when desired. Additionally, there is an L-shaped settee wrapping around a Corian table to starboard. This is quite unusual in class and it is situated under the hardtop overhang.
To port, nestled into the corner of the superstructure is a standard storage cabinet that can be fitted out with optional equipment such as a sink, ice maker and fridge to turn it into a wet bar.
We like the fact that the furniture is not built in as this makes the salon feel more like the expensive, tasteful yacht that it is. The optional wood deck adds to this classy look, and in our opinion is far more desirable than carpet over plywood which is standard on this and most other yachts in class.
The Salon is All About Entertaining. Lazzara went with a dark satin wood finished interior which we think makes the boat look more elegant than lighter woods. The sectional sofa is upholstered in Ultraleather. Shades are pleated fabric and the optional retractable sunroof helps to combine the outside with the inside in conjunction with the wide opening doors aft.
A wet bar can be fitted with a pair of Sub Zero refrigerated drawers. A standard 42” LCD TV is connected to the standard KVH satellite receiver.
Looking forward we can see just how well lit the salon is both by day and by night. A standard TV is on an electric lift in the credenza to port. Note the narrow mullions on the side windows and the absence of unsightly air conditioning vents overhead.
Because the helm shares deck space with the salon, red overhead night lighting can be activated to reduce night blindness. Obviously lights will have to be out in the salon and below in the galley and dinette area. For serious cruising people red lights might be appropriate in other areas.
The helm seat is plush and custom made and has a flip-up bolster to use as a leaning post when standing at the helm.
The glass helm instrument pod presents a well rounded, good looking stream of information. Data can be moved to whichever screen the captain prefers. The side window opens to allow a view down the side deck. Note the rich, dark wood panel. Note that there is standing headroom.
The helm also can benefit from the optional opening sunroof. We like the separate companion seat because it is comfortable and can be individually adjusted.
The Lazzara LSX 64 was designed as a three-stateroom, three head layout. Note how much of the lower deck is used for accommodations. Our eye tells us that over 70% of the lower deck is for guest accommodations, which is remarkable. The pod drives make this possible.
This picture was taken at the top of the companionway going below. With a wide open overhead the lower deck is bathed in natural light from the forward windshield and salon side windows. This is a signature design element in many modern Lazzara vessels, a concept that was pioneered by the builder's father decades ago.
Viewing the companionway and open overhead from a different perspective. The modern, angular design is distorted somewhat by the wide-angle camera lens.
A lot of thought has gone into this galley design: 1) The extra-wide refrigerator and double freezer drawers both have enough capacity for some serious cruising. This is something that will not be found in other galleys in class. 2) We like the glass stove top and the four burners, not the two we sometimes find. 3) Every galley should have an electric dish washer and this boat has one; however, we would move the sink to the left so we rinse dishes then place them in the open washer. 4) The goose-neck faucet is a must. 5) A microwave/convection oven is up high -- a better place than below the counter, in our experience. 6) The wood plank deck in the galley is standard.
The galley and dining areas are located at the bottom of the companionway which is one of the few conventional aspects of the LSX 64's layout. Lazzara went with all stainless steel appliances in the galley and they are all full-sized. Countertops are Corian and there is a decent amount of it, particularly when the sink is covered and the stove top is off. The galley comes standard with cookware, bake wear, utensils and even knives in a wood block.
Fully Equipped. The yacht also comes standard with table top service for 8, which includes dinnerware, flatware, and glassware. We like it when a builder supplies dinner wear and glasses because it means there will be a place for everything. There is never enough storage space on a yacht but it looks like Lazzara has at least covered the essentials.
Even the standard wood decking in the passage from the galley to the guest and master staterooms makes a statement about the style and taste of this luxurious yacht.
The master berth is up against the starboard bulkhead and benefits from hull side windows. Artwork on the bulkheads will warm up this space. Bulkhead coverings are fabric or padded vinyl and are selected by the owner. The soffit over the bed reflects the wood and fabric themes elsewhere in the cabin and breaks up the solid Majilite overhead.
Master Stateroom Layout. There are five things that we like about this stateroom in addition to the large windows on each side:
1) Privacy. With the cabin door open we cannot see the bed from the passageway. This not only gives the owner some privacy, but also makes the stateroom look bigger than it actually is.
2) Bed to Starboard. The above attribute was accomplished by not putting the bed on the centerline, which is what one will find in many other yachts. We think the change is refreshing and it actually provides more useable "walking around" space.
3) Walk-In Closet. Lazzara has made the right decision in creating a walk-in closet adjacent to the head, rather than making a his-and-hers bathroom as we often see with a shower in the middle.
4) Plenty of Drawers. The built-in sofa looks classy in the drawing, but in the first boat built, as can be seen in the pictures on this page, the owner went for a desk/vanity in the middle and chests of drawers on either side. Obviously, this is more practical for owners planning on spending any time on the boat. We would simply put a bench seat at the foot of the bed for putting on one's shoes. Thankfully, because of the layout, there is room for it.
5) Owner's Desk/Vanity. Lazzara thinks every boat in this class should have a working desk/vanity in the master. No matter which way this space is configured there is room for it.
Owners can watch “Finding Nemo” on the standard 32” flatscreen that pops up from behind the desk/vanity.
Master Stateroom Details. Majilite overhead panels with foam backing lead down to "Horizon" panoramic windows. The "Lazzara-size" king bed has an innerspring mattress. There are treatments for all of the windows. We don't know if there is easily-accessed storage available under the bed, but we would hope so. The capet comes standard.
Another look at the port side, this time with the TV down. Looks so much better doesn’t it? Imagine some artwork on the bulkheads, something any vessel of this caliber should have.
Heads. Each of the boat's three heads feature high-end Headhunter toilets and have their own individual exhaust fan. Black water is fed to a 100 gal. (379 L) storage tank and a level indicator is provided. Each sink is plumbed to the 200 gal. (757 L) freshwater tank and individual water shutoffs are located at each station negating the need to turn the entire system off to fix a single station. All head floors are Infiniti edge marble and marble enclosed full sized showers have seamless glass enclosures. Owners, of course, can have tile shower wall coverings or anything else wanted.
The master head has his/her sinks, something that can't be seen in this over-exposed picture. The shower stall is large and has a glass door. Our guess is that the lady of the boat will use the sink closer to the shower in order to affix a magnifying mirror on the glass for close-up cosmetic work.
It’s not often that we think of a bath fixture as art but here it is. It is due to details such as this all over the boat -- things such as faucets, handles, trim, portlights, sconces and other fixtures -- that show that there has been special consideration given to every detail. While some builders use standard industry-wide fixtures (much like Detroit uses door handles), Lazzara sources its own.
So much for sea showers. We’d be spending hours in this shower. Multiple jets and an adjustable rain shower headpiece is not exactly conducive to getting in and out quickly. (A water maker is optional.)
The guest head is just as classy as the master, albeit a bit smaller, but has a surprisingly roomy separate shower stall.
The forward VIP is fitted with an island berth with innerspring mattress. Access to the chain locker is in the forward bulkhead (that's a good thing). The VIP has convertible berths that can be used as either separate or a single, depending on the needs of the guests. The overhead soffit adds some majesty, so hopefully guests will feel like king and queen for a day. Not shown in the pictures here is the amount of deck space in the forward cabin which is more than normal.
The starboard side guest stateroom in this picture features twin berths that can easily convert to a single, depending on the needs of the guests. FYI -- this guest stateroom configuration is different than the one in the accommodations drawing above. The head has been moved to the forward bulkhead in the space permitting two athwartships singles.
It’s hard to be nonchalant about a yacht this stunning. Lazzara certainly has a gift for creating arresting beauty and melding it seamlessly with functionality, and the LSX 64 is the embodiment of that design brilliance, in our opinion.
Comparison. When we compared the Lazzara LSX 64 to six other top brands in this express class, we discovered some interesting things. First, 4 of the 6 weigh 70,000 lbs.(31,818 kgs.) or less, and one boat is nearly 9,000 lbs. (4,090 kgs.) less. In all four cases that is most likely because their beam is considerably less, ranging from 16'1" to 16'9" (4.90 m to 5.10 m). A narrow beam translates into less weight and less interior room.
Long, low, and the widest boat in class. The LSX 64 is an amalgam of style, taste and concepts from both sides of the Atlantic. But the underlying practical considerations are all American.
Comparing Basic Specs. At 17'4" (5.28 m) the LSX 64 was the beamiest boat in class. However, two boats, are 3,500 lbs to 10,000 lbs (1,590 to 3,636 kgs) heavier. But why? We don't know. Perhaps they do not have balsa-cored hulls, decks, and bulkheads. Or, it could be because they have larger, far heavier engines. One boat in class that we checked was powered by twin 1550-hp engines, compared to the twin IPS D13 900-hp engines in the LSX 64. For years, a WOT speed of 40 knots -- or even 45 knots -- has been the holy grail of several European builders. It generally takes large, heavy, high horsepower engines to accomplish that feat. Almost invariably these boats have small fuel tanks. Find a message there?
Speed is Costly. For most reasonable people, 30 knots, WOT, is fast enough in a boat of this size. Perhaps we're old fashioned, but we like cruising a boat this size at 20 knots. It is safer, generally more comfortable, and certainly costs less.
Advantage -- Pods. As is well-known pod drives in express cruisers are typically 30%+ more fuel efficient than inboard engines in the same vessel. We have verified that phenomenon a couple of times in boats in the 40' (12.2 m) range, but never this large. Nevertheless, we have reason to believe that the same dynamics hold true here as well. Rarely discussed is the advantage of pods in a brutal following sea when boats speed must be slow, making small, conventional rudders less effective if not ineffective in some circumstances. Pods drives are positive and instantaneously responsive to the helm.
Other Considerations. Comparing the boats from other standpoints, such as styling, layout, amenities, standard equipment, and value is a subject for another discussion. Here, the Lazzara LSX 64 speaks for herself.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Lazzara LSX 64 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Lazzara LSX 64 (2014-) Warranty
Lazzara LSX 64 (2014-) Warranty Information
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