First among this yacht's amenities are her exquisite good looks and powerful performance. Her exceptional crew services place her in a class above the rest. LAZY Z is equal parts luxury and fun in the sun. Charter clients can choose an extremely sophisticated setting or a very casual atmosphere. Staterooms have every amenity including state-of-the art communications and entertainment systems. Also available are an array of water toys, complete setup for beach parties, and exercise equipment.
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LAZY Z Crew Profile
Captain, Brad Kitcher:
Born in Perth, Australia, Brad’s life was charted out well before he was born. Like his Brother, Father, Uncle, Grandfather and Great Grandfather before him a life commanding boats was his destiny. Before he was eight years old Brad had twice sailed around Australia with his family. For his seventh birthday he received an outboard motor. Scuba diving, fishing, swimming with sharks, avoiding crocodiles and driving tenders is not exactly how most children spend the first ten years of their lives. By the age of 14 Brad had found part-time work on local day charter boats as well as with the local ship yards.
Once school had finished in 1992 Brad delivered a 65 foot charter boat 1000nm to Ningaloo Reef near Exmouth to help set up one of the first commercial dive boat operations diving with Whale Sharks. For the next seven years Brad divided his time between the High Speed Ferry Operators out of Fremantle and Charter Yachts up and down the Western Australian coast; exploring the one of the most isolated coasts in the world, guests would experience great white shark diving, climbing waterfalls, fishing and pure relaxation. Having obtained his Australian Masters ticket by twenty four and having amassed sea miles equivalent to ten circumnavigations of the globe, Brad decided to head abroad to join several of his friends working in the Yachting Industry in Europe. Brad quickly moved up through the ranks, beginning on the Feadship MY Cedar Sea II 216 ft, based in Monaco traveling to Turkey, Malta, Spain and Italy entertaining both superstars and royalty. Eventually he moved to the American owned MY Roxana 154 ft, for more experience in the Eastern Mediterranean cruising grounds visiting Italy and Croatia. One of the best knows celebrity charter yachts in the world MY Southern Cross III then retained his services for more than two seasons until the vessel was sold in 2004. In 2004 MY Lazy Z was the perfect choice for Brad’s next career move with her excellent reputation and superb chartering schedule. In 2009 Brad started a Captains Rotation with Captain James Knowles. At home in Perth and away from yachting Brad was married in 2005 and has three children Araminta (2006), Asha (2009) and baby boy (due 2011). Brad describes his approach to chartering Lazy Z as a flawless holiday experience that can only be surpassed by coming back again and again.
Captain, James Knowles
James was born in Perth Australia and grew up on North Cottesloe beach, in typical Aussie fashion he spent as much time as possible on the beach as a child, swimming in the ocean every day. He always wanted to be an Ironman and joined his local lifesaving club when he was 5 years old, earning his bronze medallion when he was 14. James remains an active member of the club when he is back in Perth and can also be found surfing various waves around the world during his time away from Lazy Z.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Film and Television, James worked within the media industry for a year before deciding he wanted to see what lay beyond the shores of his native Australia. Arriving in London in 2002 James lasted a week before having to escape to a country which actually sees the sun on a more than occasional basis and went to Spain. Whilst running with the bulls in Pamplona James met a Mexican builder and travelled with him to Bilbao. Here he spent 3 months in the Basque countryside helping to renovate a farmhouse roof. James learnt about the Basque culture and the Spanish language, although he does wonder sometimes if that roof is still attached to the farmhouse.
James received a phone call from a friend telling him of a yacht called Lazy Z in Barcelona that was looking for people to clean the boat. Beginning as a day worker James spent his first day cleaning out the engine shaft tunnels under the guest cabins. Given his very obvious natural aptitude for the yachting industry James was offered a deckhand position on Lazy Z. Quickly realizing that the yachting industry offered to him the career and lifestyle he had been looking for, James began learning and training in earnest and a future captain was born.
James worked on Lazy Z for the next 3 years chartering extensively throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. James then spent 1 year working on M/Y Helios before returning to Lazy Z as 1st officer. In 2008 James attained his Masters certificate and his meteoric rise in yachting was complete. As far as we are aware James is the only person in the history of yachting to become Captain of the boat he first day worked on.
James has a wealth of Lazy Z knowledge and stories to share and will continue to provide the flawless experience that makes Lazy Z a boat you will wish to return to again and again.
1st Officer, John MacLellan:
Mac grew up in the small town of Pitlochry “gateway to the highlands” in Scotland; this explains why it is often so hard to understand what on earth he is talking about. As a child Mac would go to St Tropez on holidays and always wanted to work on one of the “shiny boats”, little realizing how much work was involved in attaining that shine. Mac began to study for a degree in Geological Sciences at Aberdeen before he decided to stop looking at rocks and get onto the water; joining the yachting industry in 2003. The industry allows Mac to continue his lifelong relationship with the sea and to share his enthusiasm for all water sports. Mac joined Lazy Z in 2004 and refers to life on Lazy Z as “living the dream”, which is a dream he would like everybody to share in and enjoy.
Mac currently holds the Lazy Z fishing record at 604lbs, the unknown creature of the deep was caught off Ashmore reef in Australia, although strangely nobody else actually saw the fish.
Chief Engineer Mike Davey:
Mike grew up in Auckland, New Zealand in the suburb of Beach Haven, where there is no beach. As a child, his natural curiosity to know how things worked caused his parents great consternation. He could often be found amid the ruins of his mother’s record player earnestly dismantling the circuit boards in search of the ‘singing man’. It wasn’t until much later in life that he realized the ‘singing man’ was a pre-recorded voice.
Having realized that his childhood dream of being a rock star was tragically not going to materialize, Mike began his engineering career by studying to be a fitter and turner.
Later Mike joined the yachting industry and joined Lazy Z in 2007; Mike loves that in Yachting he actually gets to meet people and travel whilst doing a job he loves.
Mike has loved travelling to the Caribbean and lists St Lucia as his favorite destination while Jordan and South America are on his next up travel spots.
Chief Engineer, James Kinton:
James Kinton grew up in the coastal town of Bridlington in the North of England, as a child he spent every summer on the beach swimming in the North Sea. Later in life James was pleasantly surprised to discover that in other parts of the world the sea is actually warm, although he continues to live in Bridlington. Growing up next to the sea James has a natural affinity with the ocean and professes to “feel wrong” if he cannot see the open water every day.
At 12 James lied about his age to sail on the sail training ship T.S. Royalist and fell in love with sailing, he spent his time onboard volunteering to help the engineer so his future was mapped out at an early age. As a teenager he was a keen dinghy sailor graduating toward racing catamarans and he owns a Dart 18 cat which he sails when he is home. At 17 James started his merchant navy cadetship in engineering, later he left the merchant ships to study for a degree in engineering. Whilst at university in Liverpool James worked as an engineer on the “ferry across the Mersey”, in between partying and occasionally remembering to study. James has a NVQ Level 3 Merchant Engineering and Y2 Qualifications.
Having gained his degree James entered the yachting industry and joined MY Princess Mariana as the second engineer. James progressed to Chief Engineer while moving onto MY Atlantic Goose. James joined Lazy Z in 2006 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.
His favorite Lazy Z experience is fishing for shark from the stern platform while off Hamilton Island in Australia, the shark he caught continues to grow with every passing season
2nd Engineer, Philip Buscombe:
Philip was born in Devon, England. With his family in the fishing industry, he spent his childhood by the water and enjoying the outdoors. Phil studied Engineering in College, as he thought he should learn how to fix the things he kept breaking! To earn some extra money for the summer, Phil joined a Crab fishing boat. Two years passed before he realized that the smell of crab was not for him and he made the transition into the yachting industry. He joined his first charter boat MY Lady Vista in 2010 and spent the summer cruising around one of his favorite destinations, Greece. Phil has completed his AEC and holds a Certificate in B Tech Engineering. Keen to further his career, he joined Lazy Z in early 2012 where he has enjoyed exploring the Bahamas. He loves to wakeboard and recently picked up Skurfing which has become his new passion. Outside of yachting, Phil’s major passion is music. He is a talented producer and his skills on the guitar would put even the greatest guitarists to shame.
Chef, Tyrone Power:
Tyrone is Australian born by English parents who later moved back to England to raise their kids. He has 2 sisters and ever since he can remember he has wanted to be a chef. It was a natural progression considering his family has been in the restaurant and hotel business for generations. Ty was peeling spuds and washing dishes by the tender age of 5! Tyrone went to Technical College and completed a Chef Apprentice before moving back to Australia. He worked for numerous well known restaurants in Melbourne Ezzard’s @Adelphi and for Greg Malouf in Momo as well as the Regent and Savoy Hotel.
After realizing he could combine his love for travel and cooking he joined the yachting industry in 2004. He has an impressive CV working on numerous yachts, 65m MY White Rose of Drachs was where he started and worked his way up to be Head Chef quickly. This was followed by 45m MY Renegade and 60m MY Senses which completed a world tour and most recently 73m MY Plan B. Tyrone took a few years off between boats and returned to England where he bought and ran his own restaurant which won a coveted AA Rosette award.
He has also ventured into his own online Chef Recruitment agency which is successful at specializing recruiting for private villas in Europe.
When not busy doing juggling all of that, Ty is married with a 13 month old daughter who lives in England, he loves to keep fit, body board, read and relax with some good wine.
Chief Stewardess, Vicki White;
Vicki hails from Somerset England where she grew up with her older brother and parents. After completing a degree in Criminology, Vicki decided that the world of a criminologist was far to dark and morbid. She followed her passion for sports and the snow to do numerous ski seasons in the French Alps. It wasn’t till she moved to Cornwall that she learned of yachting and decided this was the career for her. Keen to mix her love of water, travel and sunshine she joined the yachting industry in 2009. With her keen eye for detail, bubbly nature and organization skills Vicki found work in no time aboard a busy 37m Charter boat called MY G Force. After 2 season cruising around the Med, Vicki moved up to become Chief Stewardess onboard the busy privately owned 55m MY Samax. With MY Samax she travelled through Asia extensively and thoroughly tested her sea legs with a 30 day passage! Vicki is also the only crew member to successfully complete a marathon! Vicki joins Lazy Z excited for the Caribbean season ahead and eager to work on her Kiteboarding and Surfing skills.
Head Stewardess, Julia Lochhead:
Julia was born in Tauranga in New Zealand and raised on a small kiwifruit and avocado orchard. She comes from a very creative family with her parents and older siblings all in the design profession. As a child Julia always wanted to be a Police Officer, but now after years of travelling and developing her passion for photography she hopes one day to perfect her skills and own her own studio one day. Naturally Julia studied a Bachelor of Arts and graduated with a degree of Otago University. Soon after she went overseas and worked in a ski resort in Banff before swapping ski boots for deck shoes. Julia’s first adventure into yachting was on 53m SY Drumbeat for a year, before moving onto charter boat MY Amnesia. Loving the charter boat pace Julia spent over a year on MY Troyanda before joining MY Lazy Z for the start of a busy med season. Julia lists India as by far the best country she has travelled to, loving a month of taking photos and enjoying the chai tea. She hopes her travels will take her to South America one day. Julia is an avid water sport lover with her new favorite being stand up paddle boarding.
Stewardess, Lorna Symons:
Lorna grew up in St. Ives in Cornwall; England, Lorna spent her childhood trying to make up her mind which country she would like to live in when she was older. As a result Lorna has travelled extensively all over the world; the time she went to Colombia was definitely her father’s favorite worry free destination, especially when she was hiking through the jungle to the Lost City. She has also hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, dived in the Gilli Isles in Indonesia, Sky Dived in Byron Bay in Australia, generally leading a very dull life indeed.
Lorna entered yachting in 2008 and worked on MY Dilbar for a year before joining Lazy Z, Lorna’s sister, brother and cousin all work in yachting too making it a family affair. Lorna is really enjoying the fact that she gets to travel and visit so many countries in her work which helps her narrow down the list of possible future homes.
Stewardess, Ashleigh Murray:
Ashleigh grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Ash has always loved the outdoors and was keen swimmer and tennis player growing up. She started her travels abroad at 19 when she ventured off to do Camp America. She was quickly appointed the role of lifeguard and spent the summers in Wisconsin watching over a 100 children!
Returning from Camp Ash spent the next few years working as a personal assistant to a leading Australian bank. Sick of the office environment and encouraged by emails and pictures of her friends in yachting, Ash decided this was her next big adventure. She quit her office job and flew to Florida, with her bubbly nature and strong hospitality background quickly found work on a busy 50m charter boat MY Ohana. She spent the next year travelling New England and Bahamas extensively before joining Lazy Z in 2012.Ash is a self confessed tomboy who loves the yachting lifestyle of constant travel and a water backyard. Ash is learning to surf and cant wait to try all the water sports Lazy Z is famous for.
Bosun, Lachlan Holder:
Lachlan joins the Australian contingent of Lazy Z, growing up in Sydney Australia.
He is the middle child amongst 4 and as a kid always dreamed of being an aircraft pilot! His love for the sea overtook his love for being a pilot and at 12 yrs he had already gained his boat license for a birthday present.
He studied Business at University and started up his own Scaffolding business which he owned for 5 years. After doing a ski season in Canada he was enticed by a friend to join a yacht doing a passage from Canada to Europe. One crossing was all it took and Lachlan was hooked on yachting. He joined his first boat MY Marion Queen a 50m that travelled the Med and stayed on for 2 years before joining Lazy Z as Bosun.
He comes with a wealth of water sport experience having spent his youth doing Surf Life saving, Surf Boat Rowing and with his favorite water sport being big ocean swims. Last year he swam for over 12km from La Ciota to Cassis.
Deckhand, Eddy Jackson:
Eddy comes from Taupo New Zealand. Born and raised near a beautiful lake meant he has a love of the water and all activities associated with it, particularly sailing. Throughout his childhood he learnt to sail from his best friend and soon joined the school sail team, competing in the 4’20’s 2 man race team. With his trophy cabinet boasting numerous successes he knew a life at sea was going to be the career path for him.
Before joining the yachting industry, Eddy worked on a busy charter boat which specialized in fishing charters. While briefly joining the NZ Navy he soon realized that yachting was the epitome of the lifestyle he was looking for. Eddy holds his Jets Ski License as well as Powerboat Level 2 Certificate. Eddy joined MY Lady Christina briefly before joining Lazy Z. Eddy is expert fly fisherman, loves to wakeboard and knows his way around a hockey field! Eager to travel the world, Eddy lists Hawaii as his favorite destination and can’t wait to explore more of Europe on the Lazy Z.
Deck Hand, Matty Lancaster:
Matty comes from Sydney Australia, the youngest of 4 children he has always had a love for the sea and surf. He completed a Degree in Business and Marketing and worked for a popular TV Network as a Sales Rep. He decided the office life was not for him and embarked on a one year travel adventure around the world. He visited pretty much every corner of the globe but lists a epic Volcano hike of El Misty in Peru as the most amazing thing he did on his travels, at over 6000ft high and taking 3 days to climb he was blown away by the whole experience.
Matty is an avid surfer as well as all other water sport activities, wakeboarding, waterskiing and holding an advanced PADI dive ticket. Matty is excited to explore all of the Caribbean islands on the Lazy Z.
LAZY Z Specifications
LAZY Z Testimonials
LAZY Z Specifications
|LENGTH||169ft (51.5m)||BEAM||32ft (9.8m)||DRAFT||12ft 0in (3.7m)|
|YEAR BUILT||1997||BUILDER||Oceanco||DESIGNER||Richard Hein / The A Group|
|GUESTS||12||CREW||Captain Brad Kitcher / James Knowles & Chef Richard Parnell + 10||REFIT||2011|
|SPEED||15kts / 16kts||STABILISERS||At Anchor (0 Speed)||FLAG||Cayman Islands|
|ENGINES||2x 1714hp diesels, MTU 12V396TE74|
LAZY Z Accommodations
LAZY Z can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins.
The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet.
A Fwrd Starboard cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet.
A Forward Port cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet.
A Amidships Port cabin has a double bed, a pullman, shower and toilet.
A Aft Starboard cabin has a twin bed, shower and toilet.
A Aft Port cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet.
LAZY Z is fully air conditioned through out. This is a non-smoking vessel. LAZY Z´s crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower. Guests are not allowed to bring pets onboard.
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