|Dry Weight||46 t.|
|Max Headroom||N/A||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
|Std. Power||2 x 1800-hp MAN V12|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
The Azimut 72S has all of the things that have made this brand the world's gold standard in a chic, sophisticated entertaining-oriented motoryacht. Puerto Cervo, anyone?
The Mission of the Azimut 72S
The Azimut 72S is designed to compliment the man or woman who buys her by being as tasteful, elegant, and as chic as they are. Her intended use is for high-style entertaining of all sorts in the lap of understated luxury -- nothing ostentatious, just cool and as modern as Milan's fashion runways. And she is intended to go fast.
Think of her as a large floating penthouse apartment with several terraces for viewing the azure-blue sea, a waterside deck for enjoying the sun, a luncheon venue under a shady trellis, a large, airy salon for cocktails and conversation at sun down, a dedicated, raised platform for formal dinner parties, and bed chambers that are comfortable and sexy. That's the Azimut 72S.
Bird's eye view of the flying bridge of the Azimut 72S.
That's entertainment! Vitally all of the space on the main deck is devoted to entertainment of one kind or another. How about a board meeting aboard?
The accommodations deck plan. Note the round "beam-me-up-Scotty" shower stalls in the guest heads. They save space. Two crew can sleep aft in the crew quarters. The engine room is compact thereby creating more living space.
●Huge Main Deck for Entertaining. Except for one small area where the lower helm is located, the whole main deck inside is devoted to entertaining in two venues -- a large salon for 8 to 10 people aft, and a formal dining area that can seat as many as eight people. No galley. No stairway up to the flying bridge. No side doors. No private stairway to the owner's stateroom. No wasted space.
Add to that the aft deck, which is wide open thanks to tri-fold doors with stainless steel frames and this has to be one of the largest entertainment main decks in class. Think of the possibilities.
●Styling. The Azimut 72S is all Italian and while others may try to copy the sleek lines of an Azimut and the minimalist nature of her interiors, her designers have the vision.
●Large Hull-Side Windows. We normally call the "windows" on the side of a boat's hull "portlights" but in the case of Azimut, they are really windows. Azimut started the trend and while much-copied, no builder makes them as large -- or as interesting.
●Unique Control System (UCS). This system replaces the steering wheel on the flying bridge with a joystick that responds to variable pressure to steer the boat, operate the throttle and reverse gears.
●Sun Roof Over Dining Area. By moving the flying bridge helm aft, Azimut has been able to put a sun roof over lower helm and dining table.
●"Tail Fins." Like most Azimuts, the 72S has the tail fins on the trailing edge of its boat deck. It makes Azimuts stand out.
●Aftermarket Services. Azimut has a suite of services for its owners that include brokerage, a charter service, a "loaner" program when a boat is having maintenance or repair, and extended service contracts, among other things.
●Largest Dealer Network. Azimut has over 100 dealers in 68 countries. No builder in class has anything quite like it. As a result, Azimut owners cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Persian Gulf, East China Sea, or the east coast of the U.S. will find service help relatively close at hand.
This is a big boat -- just look at the size of the two people aboard. The hull is colored gray with polyurethane paint. The builder says the top speed is 39 knots with twin 1800-hp MAN diesels.
Context is Important
Where does this boat belong? To put the Azimut 72S in context one must first picture the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Puerto Cervo on the north coast of Sardinia…or Monte Carlo with the apartments and hotels of the city (the country!) towering above and wrapped around the harbor in something like stadium seating looking down at the boats…or in Antibes with its old walls and castle guarding one of the largest collection of yachts in the Mediterranean.
In the last 15 years new, glorious marinas have opened up all over the world -- in the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, Europe and now in China as well. Large yacht marinas in the US abound. These are places that the Azimut 72S fits in well as a base of operation.
We can count five sunning venues on the Azimut 72S: the teak beach, the aft deck sun pad, the chaise lounges on the flying bridge aft, the large cushion to port of the helm, and the large sun pad on the bow.
Power for Performance
The owner of a 72S will be a person who understands power. And this boat has it in all sorts of ways. In her engine room there are twin MAN 1800-hp V-12 diesels delivering power to the props by conventional means. Also ensconced in the engine room are two 20-kW generators so there should always be plenty of electricity for the air conditioning, clothes washer and women's blow dryers to be on at the same time.
Speed. Azimut states that the WOT speed of the vessel is 39 knots with best cruise being 34 knots. We have not tested the boat so have no comment. But the word on the street is that she may go even faster with a light fuel load. At full load the vessel weighs 101,200 lbs. (46 t) and has a fairly deep-V bottom for this type of boat at 16.9-degrees at the transom.
Price: MSRP $5,018,203.00
Snapshot of the Azimut 72S--
People that have been to Azimut's website know that one will find scant details of the Azimut 72S. That is because Azimut management believes that its boats speak for themselves, and we concur. Take a look--
The helm on the flying bridge of the Azimut 72S. Note the absence of a steering wheel. The seat is the most professional-looking in class. We like the architecture of the bulwark outboard of the helm seat which creates an enclosed feeling at the helm.
This is the Unique Control System (UCS) that both steers the boat and is its throttle and gear control. It was made by Xenta and pressure on the gold pads on the joystick is all it takes to turn the boat. We have not tested the boat so can make no comment of the efficacy of the system.
Looking aft on the flying bridge: a large seating/sun bathing area surrounds a cocktail table which converts into a high table for dining. Behind the helm seat is a wet bar that also can fit an optional grill.
Moving below to the aft deck we find it in sun-bathing mode. This is a huge area and sunning is obviously one of the important entertaining aspects of the boat. Also on the aft deck is a wet bar with ice maker, refrigerator and other equipment.
With the table up, the aft deck is now ready for dining. Note the sturdy supports for the table. Note the convenient side door in the bulwarks in the background, making it easy to board from a dock American-style.
The salon by day: it is large with seating for eight people or more. There is a lot of open deck space and a moveable cocktail table, making it an inviting space for a large number of people.
How about a candlelight dinner under the stars? Forward of the salon is the dining room on the 72S. It is absolutely the largest space we have seen on any boat in class. In this image there is seating for six, with an extension of the table it can seat eight as seen above.
The lower helm has two seats which we like, but has restricted visibility forward which we don't like. The solution is simple: lower the instruments and navigation screens below the sight line to the bottom of the forward windscreen. Such a scheme is taking on popularity in raised pilothouse megayachts and it would be successful here as well. Note the nav counter at right.
The galley is below on the starboard side. It is not U-shaped, which means two or even three people can work here instead of one. We imagine this will be a busy place when throwing a soiree.
Looking to starboard we see the splendid nook for two by the six-pane window. How romantic for an evening cocktail or a morning café au lait?
Looking to port across the master bed we see a large chest of drawers under the six-pane window. We like the mullion treatment and the creamy tans and browns juxtaposed around the stateroom.
The master bath with twin sinks and a large shower stall at right. There is a walk-in closet to port.
The VIP stateroom is forward and looks fit for a princess and her prince. We like all of the cabinets above the long, narrow portlights.
The second guest stateroom is on the port side and because of the vessel's 18'3" (5.56 m) beam she has enough hull width to provide proper-sized twin berths here.
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