Crown Legacy — By Diane M. Byrne — June 2000
|A funny thing happened when Lazzara introduced 12 options on its semicustom 94: It began attracting first-time owners.|
If, as the famous adage goes, the world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going, then it also pities and condemns the person overwhelmed by choices. It’s a familiar scenario in the custom-yacht realm, where builders can tell you about first-time large-boat owners who ordered the wood changed to a lighter tone after paneling started going up and then couldn’t decide where to mount the toilet paper roll.
While indecisive owners are a problem, some builders add to the confusion by offering too many options. Picture choosing between a 120-foot traditional raised-pilothouse motoryacht and a 100-footer with curves reminiscent of Lombard Street. Then imagine entering an in-house design office showcasing a dizzying array of marbles and faux surfaces as well as a dozen different woods.
That’s why some first-timers would be better off exploring the increasing number of large production or even semicustom options available to them. These vessels offer a handful of ways for owners to personalize their yacht, but not so many that they feel overwhelmed. The only problem is that sometimes there’s not enough choice to satisfy the yen for a personal vessel, particularly regarding exterior styling.
Witness the Lazzara 94, which has a dozen options for the interior layout and even exterior styling, more than any other semicustom builder offers. And considering those options can be combined in several different ways, there’s actually more like a few dozen options. The result is a yacht that takes a lot of pressure off first-time large-boat owners yet still appeals to experienced owners.
It also alleviates pressure on first-time boat owners, period. According to Dick Lazzara, cofounder (with his brother Brad) of the yard, the 94 is catching the attention of people who’ve never owned a vessel of any kind. Traditionally, first-time boaters buy small production craft and step up over the years to larger boats, with semicustom yachts acting like training wheels before they head into the custom realm. The booming economy has changed the rules, however, permitting some people to make big purchases right away.
That was the case with the owner of the first 94, Crown Legacy. A Florida resident who is a PWC enthusiast, he saw the yacht at last fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and zeroed in on the transom’s sport deck, where an array of watertoys were arranged between the twin PWC pods. He was sold on the concept and made an offer.
This article originally appeared in the February 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.