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On Board: Charter Yacht Lazy Z

The 168-foot Oceanco tries to offer more water toys than any other charter yacht

Lazy Z is a 168-foot Oceanco motoryacht that launched in 1997. Don’t let that build year fool you, though. I have stepped onboard Lazy Z a number of times over the years, and she is always in spectacular condition thanks to a regular program of maintenance and upgrades. She just completed her 15-year survey in February 2012, and she not only passed with flying colors, but the owner took the shipyard opportunity to install Quantum zero-speed stabilizers.

“The boss says it’s the best money he ever spent,” Capt. James Knowles told me. “Plus, it’s a buzz word for charter now. You just have to have those zero-speed stabilizers.”

The way that Lazy Z is used has also continued to evolve over the years. For instance, on the main deck, the formal dining room can now be set up as a therapy room with a massage bed. Knowles said most guests prefer to dine outside, so the room now gets used far more often—and Lazy Z can offer massage therapy as part of its charter program.

And massages will be in demand, I am sure, for any charter guests who even try to use all of Lazy Z’s water toys. The yacht tries to offer more than any competitor in her class, and has amassed such an array that Superyacht Magazine named Lazy Z the 2011 Charter Yacht of the Year in the water toys category. The current list of toys onboard includes eight wakeboards, regular water skis, trick skis, slalom skis, children’s skis, skurfboards, wake skates, wake surfboards, an inflatable ski jump, and inflatable water slide, and at least 20 inflatable tow toys for guests to ride on while being pulled behind the tender.

“We’ve tried to hurt ourselves, all of the crew, just to be sure the guests will be safe,” Knowles told me with a chuckle. “So far, we’re all okay.”

Lazy Z is expected to complete the summer 2012 charter season in the Mediterranean before moving into the Caribbean for winter 2012-13. The lowest weekly base rate for 12 guests is $239,000. Camper and Nicholsons International is the management company, and any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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