Crown Legacy — By Diane M. Byrne — June 2000
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But even if you don’t tote PWCs on your cruises, you’re not out of luck. Lazzara also offers a standard transom design
with crew’s quarters inside. This version still comes with the teak sport deck, which lowers hydraulically to three feet below the water, ideal for swimmers and divers. Regardless of your choice, the 94 retains a sporty profile, befitting a yacht intended to cruise at 22 knots, top out at 24 knots, and obtain a 3,400-mile range, thanks to her twin 1,350-hp DDC-MTU diesels.
You can put your stamp on other areas of the 94’s exterior as well. While Crown Legacy features an enclosed flying bridge that makes the yacht nearly look and feel like a trideck, the upper deck can be arranged with an open bridge instead. Even with the enclosed configuration, simply press a button, and large windows to each side slide open–a great way to get the wind in your hair while driving from the helm or just enjoy Bahamian breezes at anchor.
The options increase when it comes to the main deck. By selecting the grand saloon design that Crown Legacy incorporates, you make the most of the 23-foot beam. While it features side decks in the forward section only (beginning at the country kitchen), you can request a walkaround configuration for easier access to the bow.
Either way, the main deck encourages relaxation. The saloon contains the customary seating areas, a pop-up TV, and bar with wine stowage; it also encompasses a dining area for six to eight people. For less-formal meals, walk along the starboard hallway past the day head and deep utility room/crawl space (it’s about four feet high) to reach the spacious country kitchen. Not only will dining here be a pleasure, but the sheer amount of stowage areas will ease your mind, too–you could buy enough stores to keep everyone snacking for weeks at a time. There’s stowage behind the fabric panels along the starboard side, beneath and behind the settee in the port forward corner, and behind the bulkhead panels above the settee.
And then there’s the multitude of options that await on the 94’s lower deck, which is accessed via a stairway to port in the saloon. Crown Legacy features a configuration found on an increasing number of yachts: a full-beam master with double-door entry, a VIP stateroom just forward and to starboard, and two more guest staterooms forward of that to port and starboard. The master contains the en suite head to port and a walk-in closet to starboard–both flanking the bed–but a full-beam head can be installed instead. Don’t cruise with many guests? Consider turning the VIP stateroom into an office or gym accessed directly from your suite or–if you’re especially generous–having only two guest staterooms, one of which would encompass all of the space allotted to Crown Legacy’s port and starboard rooms. Have kids? Picture them fighting over who gets the top bunk in the VIP stateroom while you take the queen-size stateroom in the bow.
Besides all these design choices, Lazzara offers peace of mind in its engineering details. For those of you familiar with its practices, you’ll be pleased to learn that the 94 incorporates Lazzara’s well-known ISIS (Integrated Shipboard Information System), which it introduced on its 76. Akin to an airplane’s black box, it monitors and stores details about 64 different functions, such as engine temperature and pressure as well as fluid levels. The information is automatically downloaded directly to Lazzara’s factory, where technicians produce reports once a week as well as summary reviews each month. The yard uses the data to check for strengths and weaknesses in OEM and its own components and especially to catch potential problems before they can give you headaches.
Another thing that will make your ownership experience favorable is the yard’s customer service. Lazzara takes care of all maintenance, repair, and replacement needs–it will even call SubZero to order a new refrigerator–for its 42-member "family" (as it refers to its yacht owners).
Perhaps the best example of Lazzara’s attention to customer service is its new SeaCheck program. The yard’s technicians essentially do a yacht survey annually and compare data collected on various ship’s systems to normal operating data. Just like ISIS, this allows the yard to spot trends for you before they turn into problems. Take the logic a step further, and you realize this reduces insurance claims. In fact, Liberty Mutual insurance company, which underwrites the builder and about 80 percent of Lazzara owners, is so confident in the program that it will pay the fee for the SeaCheck program.
With all of the choices Lazzara provides in its 94, it’s easy to imagine the yard rarely repeating the same configuration and you therefore not seeing a virtual carbon copy of your yacht out on the water. It’s also easy for you to sidestep many of the troubles inherent in too much freedom and the frustrations of too little choice. With a 94 of your own, perhaps you’ll find the world stepping aside for you, too.
Lazzara Yacht Sales Phone: (813) 835-5300. Fax: (813) 835-0964. www.lazzarayachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.