The luxury Japanese-car company enters the marine marketplace with the debut of its LY 650 sport yacht.
Lexus partnered with Italian yacht-design studio Nuvolari Lenard for the 65-footer's interiors and Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts for its construction. The LY 650 recently made its debut in Boca Raton, Florida. The Lexus Sport Yacht Concept was first introduced in January 2017.
“The LY 650 symbolizes the challenges taken by Lexus, which aspires to be a true luxury lifestyle brand, to venture beyond the automobile,” Toyota President Akio Toyoda said. “A collaborative team between Toyota and Marquis Yachts introduced the Toyota Production System to the boat manufacturing facility to improve productivity and quality.
“I am truly looking forward to seeing the advanced, high-quality LY 650 display its beauty on the oceans and around the globe. As a mobility company, we are pursuing new possibilities for mobility, even on the sea.”
The LY 650’s construction is a combination of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and glass-fiber reinforced plastic, creating a relatively lightweight, yet strong structure. The bulkheads are constructed of plywood and cork sandwich construction to help with sound attenuation. Deck lamination also has a foam-cork core for the same reason.
This Lexus yacht comes with LY-Link, software accessible by a mobile device that can monitor the LY 650 and send notifications via text message. LY-Link also allows owners to manage simple functions like the yacht’s air conditioning and lights.
Other technologies on the LY 650 include three 17-inch Garmin touchscreen displays at each helm (there’s one on the main deck with dual captain’s seats forward and on the starboard side and one on the flybridge). Yachtsmen, who are also audiophiles, can add a Mark Levinson surround-sound system with subwoofers.
Separated by a three-panel sliding door, the salon is set up with sofas and a galley aft. A 49-inch TV with 5.1 surround sound in the salon is also a standard feature with the LY 650. There is a lower helm forward with two seats.
Three staterooms are belowdecks, each with en suite head. The master stateroom is full-beam amidships.
Standard power for the LY 650 is twin Volvo Penta IPS 1050 diesels, but upgrades include twin IPS 1200s or IPS 1350s. Fuel capacity is 1,060 gallons. Lexus says the LY 650 can reach a top hop of 33 knots and cruises at 27 knots for 321 nautical miles with the largest engine option.
Other notable optional features include a hydraulic swim platform, anti-roll stabilizer, teak decking, a hardtop, a cockpit wet bar with a grill and ice maker, underwater lighting and cockpit joystick control.