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August 22, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Toy-Loaded Yachts Slip, Slide, and Surf Through the Summer Season

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Lazy-ZBel AbriParty GirlNew York, New York — Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

It’s all about the toys. Always has been. They change of course, from Tonka trucks and Barbie dolls to sports cars and wine cellars, but the fun they bring remains a constant. Thankfully Yacht builders and owners alike haven’t forgotten this fact, loading their vessels with tenders, wave runners, water slides, and pool-side bars. Here are some of our favorite toy-packed options.

LAZY Z The owner of the 168-foot Oceanco Lazy Z operates on the belief that whoever has the most toys, wins. Charter guests can enjoy not only an inflatable slide that runs from the sundeck to the water’s surface, but also an inflatable ski jump, an inflatable rail slide for wakeboarders, eight wakeboards for guests of all ages and skill levels, various water skis, a number of skurfboards, wake skates and wake surfboards, plus at least 20 inflatable tow toys and two giant hamster balls for playing on the water’s surface. Lazy Z’s impressive indoor offerings incude a main deck salon with a projector screen and blackout windows for enjoying the more than 2,500 films on the Kaleidescape system. The owner recently hired the former personal chef of the King of Jordan to cater to every client’s palate. The lowest weekly base rate is $239,000 for 12 guests with 12 crew. Contact: Suzette McLaughlin at Camper & Nicholsons International, (561) 655-2121; smclaughlin@camperandnicholsons.com; www.camperandnicholsons.com

BEL ABRI Launched in 2010, the 171-foot Bel Abri has an owner who takes water sports seriously. Bel Abri offers an array of water toys including highly popular Seabobs in addition to Wave Runners, snorkeling gear, sea kayaks, inflatable tow toys, water skis and more. In addition, Bel Abri is a certified PADI training center for those who want to learn how to scuba dive or improve their licensing level. That means charter clients who have never dived before can take an onboard course from one of Bel Abri’s certified crew members, then try scuba using the yacht’s top-notch equipment at a carefully selected cove or reef. Certified divers can take higher-level courses and enjoy private dives in destinations that Bel Abri can access with her two tenders. The lowest weekly base rate is about $377,452 for 12 guests with 13 crew. Contact: Gayle Patterson at Imperial Yachts, 377-979-83-880; g.patterson@imperial-yachts.com; www.imperial-yachts.com

AT LAST The 145-foot Heesen At Last took delivery of a brand-new, 36-foot waterslide about a year ago. At Last also offers a 35-foot Intrepid tender for fishing, snorkeling and diving expeditions, as well as a bevy of water skis, wakeboards, standup paddleboards, inflatable tow toys and inflatable loungers for charter guests to enjoy. Wave Runners are available for guests who want to race across the water at top speeds. Contact: Maggie Vale at Churchill Yacht Partners, (954) 761-3237; maggie@churchillyachts.com; www.churchillyachts.com

IMAGINE Launched in 2011, the 214-foot Imagine—thanks to her sheer size—offers one of the tallest waterslides in the charter industry. Even better news is that Imagine has an elevator on board, so guests don’t have to walk all the way up the stairs every time they want to enjoy a slide into the water from the upper deck. The elevator also accesses the sundeck’s “wet feet bar,” where guests can enjoy a cocktail in the warm sun while having their toes comfortably chilled. The lowest weekly base rate is $465,000 for 12 guests with15 crew. Contact: Daniela DeMarco at Fraser Yachts, 377-93-100-480; daniela.demarco@fraseryachts.com; www.fraseryachts.com

PARTY GIRL The 146-foot Christensen Party Girl recently added a waterslide to her already fun-loving water sports array. That’s in addition to her other party-friendly features, including a 37-foot tender and water toys. Party Girl also offers six staterooms, an elevator with access to all decks, a master suite deck and a massive video library. The lowest weekly base rate is $150,000 for 12 guests with nine crew. Contact: Anita Dodds at Fraser Yachts, (954) 712-7118; anita.dodds@fraseryachts.com; www.fraseryachts.com

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