If you read my previous column here on Boats.com, then you know I was expecting the term “semi-custom” to be thrown around more often than crumpled hot dog wrappers at the Miami International Boat Show in February. The prediction turned out to be true, with countless models for sale.
There was only one yacht at the show, though, that really turned my head as an example of excellence in semi-custom design. While countless builders offered boats with interchangeable cabin configurations and interior décor options, only the Lazzara 116 Serenity went several steps beyond. As hull No. 1 in the new 116 series, she was truly semi-custom in keeping with the individual yacht owner’s needs.
This particular owner, you see, has a sister-in-law who uses a wheelchair. So his 116 has a flush main deck that’s all wood and free of bumps; extra-wide steps to the swim platform so the wheelchair can fit; an electronic chair lift along the stairway from the main deck to the cabins below; a guest cabin with extra-wide doorways and a low sink for wheelchair access; and an adjacent guest cabin with pass-through doors for a nurse.
All of these features were achieved without compromising Serenity’s elegant décor and excellent fit and finish. Since she is hull No. 1, you could argue that the builder didn’t have to modify its semi-custom design so much as create it anew, but having seen my share of Lazzaras over the years, I’m willing to give the builder the benefit of the doubt. What Lazzara gave this owner was a heck of a lot more than a choice of pillow colors or bed configurations—which is all you can do with many other “semi-custom” designs.
And that, to my mind, is why this new Lazzara 116 is an example of just how truly customized a semi-custom yacht can be.