A rare glimpse at a mystical place

LMY116

A couple days ago one of the frequent visitors to our blog, Chris,  made a comment about posting pictures of the crew area

“Crew quarters seem to be some hidden, mystical place in which pictures can not be taken or posted. To truly show off a yacht, every area must be shown so that a prospective buyer knows what they are buying.”

To which another visitor, Mark,  replied

“Chris, You totally cracked me up with your line about crew quarters being a “mystical place in which pictures can not be taken or posted”.. that is so true. Nobody shows them ever, it’s like the quarters are so dismal and so dreary they are embarrassed to show them – a veritable Guantanamo bay of quarters comes to mind.”

Both were excellent comments and a reminder to me. When your around our boats all day as I am you tend to overlook/forget some of the basic design exectution that we do better than our competition.  The crew quarters is one of those areas of the yacht that we pride ourself in designing, detailing and outfiting better than anyone. Why? Simple we want our yachts to appeal to the best crew available.  They are an integral part to the success of our company.  Without a good crew the owners experience is compromised and the result is he can get frustrted or even worse gets out of boating alltogether.

Thanks again to Chris and Mark for reminding me of that “mystical place”.

More photos after the link

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6 Responses to A rare glimpse at a mystical place

  1. Chris Larson says:

    haha, this post, including the title, made me laugh. Very nice crew quarters, I appreciate you taking the time to dig these up and post them.

  2. Marc says:

    Well, there’s the Emerald City from Oz, the lost city of Atlantis, the mystery of the great pyramids, and the crew quarters of multimillion dollar yachts….

    At least, we can finally cross one of these off the list now. Great photos ! It’s very commendable that you stepped up to the plate and said “here, see for yourself ” where so many other would shy from that challenge. You showed your cards where others would sit in shame of the deep dark dismal despairing abyss of coffins they call crew chambers.

    the 110 quarters look particularly nice and I would be proud to show any employee to those quarters if I owned such a yacht.

    Excellent Rich !

    Marc

  3. Adapting Crew member says:

    Regarding the LMY 84′s crew area. You are correct in stating that crew areas are normally a dark and dismal place, and they are never shown. A boat owner should be aware of their crew quarters and what they provide for good crew. The LMY 84′s crew area is still a dark and dismal place…… the 116 looks much better. In the 84′s, several of the cabinets in the captains quarters are not even usable cabinets, such as the what looks like a nice large cabinet, when in turn its storage for the shore power cables. 6 med drawers, and 4 small skinny drawers is not enough for 2 crew members on an extended trip away from home port. The starboard crew cabin has ZERO drawers or storage area other than the closet. If you have a crew that is not a couple, the captain would be sharing his drawer space with another crew member. There is not much storage in the head either, and I feel like a child swinging their feet on the “lifted” toilet. Where is crew supposed to store towels??

    Having the Generators underneath each bed makes for a long night hanging on the hook as well. There is a small microwave in the captains cabin, but with no ability to refrigerate so much as a soft drink, it’s doubtful too many crew will utilize the microwave, and rather wishing that space was empty for other space utilization.

    That aside, the TV’s, and stereo systems are nice in each cabin, the ISIS system is easily watched from the captains cabin, and with the ability to silence alarms is good from the crew cabin. The surfaces in crew are relatively the same quality as the rest of the boat, which is nice.

    No common area for crew or even a small table means your doing everything in bed.

    Being a small yacht, it means the crew are even closer together and sharing intimate spaces, and without basic storage areas, and having to share whats in the captains cabin, makes the LMY’s 84 crew area not so hot. As crew, we learn to adjust and adapt, but damn, unhappy crew can mean a unhappy boat! The excuse that its only an 84ft boat, is no excuse to not provide basic necessities for the crew. We have up to 10 guests sleeping on board to 2 crew members, which on much larger yachts who sleep the same number of guests, normally have more crew and bigger crew quarters. Don’t forget to think of crew when you make your smaller yachts.

    • Rich Lazzara says:

      Adapting Crew Member, thank you for the post. Please put your name next time so I know who it is. In any event I certainly agree that storage is all but negated in that particular model. Certainly could use some improving. Its interesting how that model evolved. Originally the crew quarters were fwd. Those staterooms address most of the concerns mentioned above. We then got an overwhelming request to put crew quarters “outside of the owners living quarters” Now on an existing model and limited options for space we were forced to put the staterooms aft. In the end I think it worked out ok. Certainly not as well had we designed it from scratch. However the most compelling thing to our owners is that it is a 5 stateroom PLUS 2 crew 84′ yacht. There is no other yacht that length with that many rooms. Honestly in my opinion too many for that size.

      If it were me, I would allow the crew to use the two fwd staterooms, then when I had the very rare occasion to need those staterooms for guest overflow I could move the crew aft. Anyways thank you for the feedback and please continue to leave comments.

  4. Rich says:

    No problem, thanks.

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