Superyacht enthusiasts expect to be impressed at Fort Lauderdale's International Boat Show, and in 2008, the show's 40th anniversary, that is just what happened when Lazzara Yachts (Lazzara) premiered their newest sport superyacht and testament to smart innovation. The inviting backdrop of the Bahia Mar Yachting Center is where Lazzara's Mobil Showcase entertained guests with cocktails and hors a d'oevres until Dick Lazzara, President and Head Designer, revealed to a fanfare of lights and sounds, what had been hidden under an alluring black veil, the LSX 92.
Just prior to her unveiling, Dick Lazzara and Goran Gummeson, President of Volvo Penta, both spoke about the aggressive 10-month concept-to-launch timeline of the LSX 92 and the implementation of Volvo's new IPS II drive system, of which the LSX 92 has the first four hand built units in the world. SuperYachtTimes.com (SYT) asked Rich Lazzara, son of Dick Lazzara and Director of Sales and Marketing, about the 10-month timeline and if it helps that the Lazzara family has such a big presence within the company? Rich believes that without a doubt it helps, "... it especially helps that our President, Dick Lazzara is also our Head Designer. " In this video Lazzara’s technical director, Fabrizio Loi, speaks directly to how they were able to do it in less than 1 year.
Rich shared his thoughts with SYT on the evolution of the sport superyacht, "...up until a couple years ago, sport yachts didn’t have flybridges and the LSX92 is one of the first flybridges that is truly usable. So once you put a flybridge on it, is it still a sports yacht?" Answering his own question, he adds, "I believe it is if it looks like one. That’s the challenge that I think only we [Lazzara] have met."
The LSX 92 measurements only hint at her performance capabilities with an overall length at 92 feet, beam at 21 feet, a draft just under 5 feet. She is commanded by four Volvo IPS 850 Systems. In this configuration, she can move through 5-foot seas at 30 knots, with a calming stealth and stimulating appreciation. Power onboard is adequately supplied by two Onan 27.5 Kw diesel generators.
The LSX 92 is completely rethought and redesigned from last year's Lazzara stand-out, the LSX 75. SYT also asked Rich about the differences between the two. Rich rattles off a list of differences, "flybridge, foredeck seating, MSR fold-down terrace, private owners spa adjoining the master stateroom, IPSII engines, aft garage that converts into beach cabana, bigger beam, and a significantly larger aft deck."
Rich goes on to tell SYT that the LSX 92 feature they are most pleased with from a styling standpoint is the flybridge. He explains, "in pure profile the flybridge all but disappears, however it is a very large and usable flybridge." With regard to usability, this flybridge functions as a second helm station, a richly appointed sun deck with seating for eight, and a generous aft sunpad.
From a technical standpoint, Rich singles out the Master Stateroom's push-button operated, 8 x 8 foot fold-down terrace. A perfect location to enjoy a morning breakfast or watch a beautiful sunset. He tells us, "the terrace has never been done on a boat under 100 feet and to have done it in such a way that didn’t compromise the integrity of the hull and still look and function well was a really amazing feat by our engineering team."
If that weren't enough, other features of the master stateroom include a jacuzzi that faces the all glass wall that is revealed once the Terrace is lowered. There is also a smart glass wall behind the king size bed that separates the spa and bath area from the bedroom while dramatically opening up the combined space.
The LSX 92 also has a generous Aft Garage that converts into a Teak Beach. This is yet another feature of the LSX 92 that has never been done on any yacht and one that really is a breakthrough for the sport superyacht industry. When the toys are out and the is garage door is up, the garage floor can articulate upwards and become flush with the teak swim platform, offering 160 square feet of additional entertaining and lounging area. A retractable wall with a large flat panel TV completes the transformation. It has now become the ideal place for sunbathing, swimming or just relaxing in the amenity rich cabana.
The layout also includes Lazzara’s trademark atrium galley. The expansive atrium galley, with an impressive 15 foot ceiling, welcomes you to the accommodations deck below. This innovative layout was first pioneered on the LSX 75 . The country kitchen has seating for six and a comfortable breakfast bar that add yet another option for casual dining. A walk-in utility room with washer, dryer, ironing board and linen storage can be accessed through a door adjacent to the forward VIP stateroom.
The LSX 92 showcases a contemporary interior with a fit and finish that is second to none. It has a high contrast colour scheme that is complemented through supple leather, stainless steel accents and exotic wood finishes. However, the LSX 92 can have its interior spaces entirely personalized and customized to the owner's preferences and the exterior can be painted nearly any colour.
The aft deck is a classically designed cockpit with large teak table and fixed seating for eight. When needed, a graphite shade glides out to cover the dining area. A smart bar, food preparation counter and pop-up, 43-inch waterproof LCD is forward of the seating area.
The ingenious design of the smart bar houses two free standing bar stools that are easily stored within the bar itself. Additionally, the bar has two small glass counter tops that independently raise to bar height when needed.
The forward deck functions beautifully for additional entertaining. This luxurious outdoor area offers comfortable dining for eight around a teak table, a four-person sun pad, advanced sound system or an optional Jacuzzi. Like every other feature and space on the LSX92, the forward deck was imagined, from its inception, to maximize and enhance the on-board living and entertaining experience.
With all of the unique features of the LSX 92 and believing not much more could be engineered into a similar space, SYT asked Rich if there was a maximum length to which sport superyachts can grow? He believes there isn't, and adds with a smile, "and don’t expect us to stop at 92 feet either."