PROJECT PHOENIX DREAM TEAM
Joe Lazzara and Ian Ombres lead an all star team of yacht designers, naval architects and marine engineers. Together they are introducing this decade’s most intriguing new superyacht series. With a comfortable yet chic, streamlined interior design by Alexandre Thiriat, this unique vessel’s evolution was supported by Bill Prince and Nick Boksa with naval architecture, structural drawings, production engineering and marine engineering.
Listing agent for the Phoenix Series is Northrop and Johnson, with Joe Foggia and Dick Lazzara leading the brokerage team. Phoenix 130 lists for $22 million.
Designer style is Joe Lazzara’s DNA. The scion of the Lazzara family, Joe is a visionary leader representing the third generation of Lazzaras revolutionizing the yachting industry with Project Phoenix. In 2006, Joe’s LSX Quad 75 introduced joystick control with a tight turning radius for megayachts, incorporating the split level interior layout that his grandfather, Vince, employed for Gulfstar’s popular sailboats and trawlers. His vessels turn heads and are known for sleek style, panache’ and a natural, seamless incorporation of the galley into the saloon. This is the kind of social space a big Italian family prefers for entertaining.
A graduate of the College of Charleston, Joe is president of Lazzara Yachts Group and Lazzara Ombres Architects.
The hand and eye of Ian Ombres are evident in Phoenix. Ian served as director of naval architecture and engineering for Project Phoenix. Ian is a graduate of Florida State University and Landing School where he studied yacht design and naval architecture. Ian also designed yachts for Chris Craft and Lazzara Yachts.
Ian is founder and partner of Lazzara Ombres Architects and currently serves of director of product development and engineering for Lazzara Yachts Group.
BONG CHUL “BC” KIM
BC Kim is one of South Korea’s most prominent naval architects and marine engineers. GHI is a complete vessel manufacturing facility in the Republic of Korea. It is located in the center of the northeast Asian Sea between China and Japan, the strategic gate to Eurasia.
This part of South Korea is well known for its boatbuilding innovation since the 16th century when Admiral Yi Sun-sin defeated a huge Japanese fleet. GHI was initially a naval shipyard and is immersed in heavy industry with steel and aluminum builds representing a combination of cutting-edge technology and time-honored craftsmanship. This sets new standards in the quality of styling, performance and reliability.
With offices on two continents, Bill Prince Yacht Design specializes in yacht design and engineering up to 105-meters, with demonstrated expertise in high-speed hull design, advanced structural engineering and styling. Bill has projects underway in Florida, Italy, Maine, British Columbia, Michigan and Asia. Based in Port Washington, WI, Bill graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from MSOE and has designed for Ted Hood, Island Packet and Michael Peters.
Based in Cannes, France, Alexandre Thiriat is responsible for interior design for Phoenix Yachts and is president of Alexandre Thiriat Yachts. Alex was an international project manager for Alberto Pinto on Oceanco, ISA, Lürssen, Feadship and Fincatieri. He received his master of design from ESDI Creapole and DFA Architecture from EAN Nancy.
Dick is one of the last American yacht manufacturers/owners to design, engineer, build, sell, and race both sailing and power yachts. He joined his father, the late Vince Lazzara, building trawlers and motorsailers at Gulfstar in 1974 after completing his service with the USCG during the Viet Nam War. The company merged with Viking in 1987, where Lazzara spent three years before opening Lazzara Yachts in 1991 with his brother and father. He grew up with icons in the industry, learning design purism from Olin Stephens, the execution of craftsmanship from Henry Hinckley and brokerage from Dick Bertram. Before it ceased plant operations in 2016, Lazzara Yachts produced over 600 yachts, most of which are still on the water. With a lifetime of connections and a loyal customer following, Dick is representing Phoenix Yachts in a brokerage capacity.
Nick Boksa provided ABS systems compliance, production engineering and marine engineering for Project Phoenix. Nick is a graduate of USMMA with a BS in marine engineering systems and a MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. Florida based Boksa Marine Design provided styling, naval architecture, marine engineering, systems and production engineering for many megayacht shipyard new launches including Burger, Derecktors, Christensen, Trinity, Palmer Johnson and Buddy Davis.
Following his successful 15 year run as CEO and director of sales at Christensen Shipyards, Joe Foggia is now superyacht sales broker and new construction expert at Northrop and Johnson, which is the listing broker for Phoenix Yachts. As a global yacht advisor and principal advisor in the purchase and construction of superyachts, shipyard negotiations and viability analysis, Joe is an expert in contract and specification review, yacht sale and re-sale strategy, market perception, product development and quality control.