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Old 03-07-2019, 06:48 AM
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I found my 1984 Lazzara Trophy Hunter 28 by chance just about a year ago. It is the perfect boat for my needs and we have been using and enjoying it several times a week ever since.
When I bought it I knew it was a special boat, but over the last year I have learned just how much.
Through a chance meeting with a fellow boater I was put in touch with the creator and builder Dick Lazzara.
Some of you might recognize Dick's name from his offshore powerboat racing days, or as the builder of high end yachts. https://www.allatsea.net/last-of-a-b...-dick-lazzara/
When I spoke with Dick he gave me the history on how the idea for the Trophy Hunter 28 came about while sitting at a bar with a friend and grew from a sketch on a cocktail napkin into reality.
There were 10 original hulls built with 5 going to Stuart Hatteras dealership in Stuart and 5 going to Richard Bertram and Co. Yachts. in Miami.
Sometime later in the mid to late 90's the molds were acquired and produced by Aura with a different interior layout and the absence of the beautiful teak appointments.
Today the hull is being produced both in twin inboard configuration and a center console version by Deno Boatworks.

Back in 1984 when mine was built it was ahead of it's time with Pre-preg unidirectional epoxy balsa cored hull construction and many top of the line features.

I'm starting this thread in the hopes of finding out more about the history of these boats. Of course wondering if anyone on here has one or knows someone who owns one, particularly one of the first 10. I'm told there are a couple down in the Gasparilla/Captiva/Boca Grande area on the west coast and maybe a couple still on the east coast.

If anyone has any stories or history please share, I would eventually like to start a registry of these unique boats.

Here's a couple scans of the original literature and a couple not so good pictures of my boat.







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A few more pictures


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I looked at one to buy yesterday. I believe the seller used the pics from your original ad to lure prospects in. The boat was Super rough and will need a fair amount of time and $$ thrown at it. Can't decide if it's worth my time but I Love those lines! I appreciate the info!
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certainly an awesome boat for sure!
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Originally Posted by koma View Post
I looked at one to buy yesterday. I believe the seller used the pics from your original ad to lure prospects in. The boat was Super rough and will need a fair amount of time and $$ thrown at it. Can't decide if it's worth my time but I Love those lines! I appreciate the info!
Would love to hear more about it and see some pictures.

Give us some details, color, power, location, price , etc once you make your decision.

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Ibe thanks for posting. Your boat is a breath of fresh air - and a rare bird indeed. Looks to be in very nice shape. Compliments to you.

I think it might be an Aura, but Sovereign Yachts on our side of the peninsula currently has one for sale. I drive by it but haven't really stopped by to look at it in detail. SY is in Stuart. The hull is light blue, the boat has been gone over and seems to be in very nice shape as well. I'm sure they have a suite of pictures

Would love to hear more of your experience with your boat. Boat repower/ride characteristics/good bad etc. Lazzara has always been a quality mfr - pre-peg in 84' is amazing. You hear nothing but good things about their big boats .Hope you and yours have many more years enjoying a unique an beautiful boat - mv
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Congratulations on owning one of my top 3 most desired boats, and the sexiest pocket sport fisher of all time.

I'm glad to have found this thread today, because your pictures are definitely being used in another advertisement. I do believe that realization, and Koma's post, may have just saved me about 10 hours on I35...
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Originally Posted by MarkV View Post

Would love to hear more of your experience with your boat. Boat repower/ride characteristics/good bad etc. Lazzara has always been a quality mfr - pre-peg in 84' is amazing. You hear nothing but good things about their big boats .Hope you and yours have many more years enjoying a unique an beautiful boat - mv
Thanks for the kind words. My wife and I are really enjoying the boat. It does everything we want to do, and does it very well. We are not hardcore fishermen so we have only had her out fishing a couple times.

What we really enjoy is cruising to new places with friends and the seating arrangement, wide beam, and roomy cockpit makes it easy to do a day trip with 6-8 aboard plus gear and not trip over anyone. The nice seaworthy hull design puts everyone at ease when you sometimes get caught in less than ideal conditions. Also, with the inboards set wide apart as well docking and maneuvering is a breeze.

She rides like a dream, feels like a much heavier larger boat, does take a little spray now and then if the wind is on your forward quarter but overall fairly dry.

Plenty of room to sleep 2 in the cuddy for an overnight.

We don't really know much history of our boat, the twin 270 Crusader 350 Chevy gassers have supposedly been rebuilt at some point and seem to be in good condition. Like any boat of this age it needs constant attention and repairs/updates. Fortunately I can do most of the work myself. I do have a list of things I want to address when I pull it for the next bottom job.

I can't really say I've found anything I dislike about her other than maybe fuel economy......lol, but that was expected.

She gets a lot of attention everywhere we go and it's always nice to strike up a conversation with strangers and share our love for boating.

Now if I could just find the motivation to start varnishing all the teak again......................
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A few pictures from today.
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she look amazing
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Originally Posted by MarkV View Post
I think it might be an Aura, but Sovereign Yachts on our side of the peninsula currently has one for sale. I drive by it but haven't really stopped by to look at it in detail. SY is in Stuart. The hull is light blue, the boat has been gone over and seems to be in very nice shape as well. I'm sure they have a suite of pictures
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I checked out the Sovereign Yachts website, it's a beautiful 1997 Lazzara Aura, diesel power and total refit in 2016. Asking over 100k more than I paid for mine.....lol.
I does look like a brand new boat though!

None of the Aura's I've seen that were built in the 90's seem to have any of the beautiful varnished woodwork like the very first models.
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Has anyone seen any of the other 10 original hulls?

Someone has to have seen one of these rare boats somewhere?
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Has anyone seen any of the other 10 original hulls?

Someone has to have seen one of these rare boats somewhere?
Here you go Ibe. I was in Pompano Beach the other day and of course what do I see but one of your Lazzara Aura's - Indigo, having work done on her at the yard right off NE 23rd ave fairly close to Merritt. There is a listing for her at 79K. It says that she is diesel powered, but I think big gas engines would be fine. That wonderful burble of V-8's and no diesel smell...

Thinking this was an omen...I bought a lottery ticket...(no dice...). If I see another...you'll be the first to know...cheers...mv




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Awesome MarkV! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Indigo is the first Aura I've seen that has the wood transom. Most of the Aura's were built in the late 90's and didn't have all the cool teak brightwork as the original hulls built in the 80's.

Keep us posted if you find any others. Let me know when you win the lottery!

Hopefully we find a few more in our travels.
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just beautiful!
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She sure is a beaut Clark!
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I own the old Mary Jean Lazzarra by Aura. Keep it down in Boca Grande. Absolutely love the boat..
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Nice shot of her running courtesy of Tampa Bay Boater!
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