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.
●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.
Following are what we deem to be the major aspects of the boat which set it apart from others in class. ●
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. ●
of the Breeze 76 is the lightest we found among the boats studied, at nearly 99,000 lbs. (45,000 kgs.) dry.
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. ●
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. ●
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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