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Know More: Survey Report

We spoke to Malcolm Elliott of Florida Nautical Surveyors, and here’s what he had to say about the Lazzara 76:

“Lazzaras are built with cored hulls and you’ve got to be really careful—have an experienced surveyor come in to check the coring. The other thing on the bottom, the early 76s had a kind of funky trim-tab system with even funkier stabilizers—they came with four small stabilizers. If [the previous owner] didn’t have good, dry air in that Gyro Gale stabilizer system, the system could have problems. There are a limited number of people who can fix them, so you have to be careful with that.”

“The older boats’ gelcoat seemed to fade, and most people I’ve seen that buy them end up painting the boat.”

“The engine room is quite clean, you can get around and do maintenance. Those vessels are pretty good in the engine rooms.”

“Inside, those boats didn’t have much trouble with the side windows, but they’ve had trouble with the forward windows leaking. If you’re a buyer, have a good surveyor really look at those things, make sure that’s good.”

“They incorporate the davits on the boat deck after the flying bridge, and they have covers so you can’t easily inspect the port and starboard davits. So make sure to look over the davits carefully.”

“Two or three of them had trouble with battery chargers, so have a look at those.” 

“They had a good system when you bought a Lazzara, called SeaCheck, where they would download all the information from the boat. A technician would come to the boat and check it out, and prepare the information. They used to give you this huge printout. So when you’re looking for a boat as a buyer, look for a SeaCheck report. The records should be onboard the boat—they had pretty good books with file folders—it was way before its time.”

Florida Nautical Surveyors, 954-801-2140; www.floridayachtsurveyors.com