Features in the new Azimut 72 include a large flybridge, bow seating area and aft cockpit. The salon looks like an upscale Manhattan apartment. Below decks, Azimut made the new vessel even more modern by doing away with the dated circular shower stalls, replacing them with smaller rectangular units that create more space in the en suite heads.Like virtually all Azimut boats she is designed to go fast. Powered by twin 1360-hp MAN CR V12 diesels, Azimut says her maximum speed is about 31 knots, and cruise is just under 26 knots.
Stairs -- not a ladder, actual stairs -- to starboard on the aft deck lead to the flybridge of the Azimut 72. A hatch closes off the stairs for safety. Abaft the stairs, the boat deck has space for a tender, and, of course, chaise lounges for sunning. Forward to starboard is an entertainment center and across to port is a C-shaped lounge with a table. There's forward facing seating to port that can be converted into a sun pad. There are two chairs at the flybridge helm. This is something we like and unfortunately something not found on many European motoryachts.
Just ahead of the windshield, there's a sofa-like lounge and a cocktail table. A passageway between the table and large foredeck sun pad permits access from either side. All the way forward there’s a windlass and two hatches to access the chain locker.
The Azimut 72 has three steps that lead from the aft deck to a hydraulic swim platform that can be lowered into the water for tender loading. It’s also equipped with a boarding ladder. For Med mooring dockside boarding, there’s a passarelle to starboard. The entry to the crew quarters is to port.
The Aft Deck.
For safety, gates on each side close off the aft deck from the stairs to the swim platform. The aft deck area has a C-shaped lounge around a table and an in-sole hatch provides access to the engine compartment.
A sliding stainless-steel framed door to starboard opens the salon. To port there’s a large sofa with a coffee table and to starboard is a love seat-sized lounge. Behind it is an electronically actuated flat-screen TV. In the corner is a well-designed cabinet that houses stereo controls. Azimut used tall windows to enhance the salon’s spacious feel.
To starboard ahead of the loveseat, the dining area has bench-style seating outboard to starboard to save space. Five individual chairs can be fitted around the table making dinner for eight possible. The large windows should give passengers a good view of their surroundings during dinner.
Across to port, the 72's galley is laid out more efficiently with a serving counter and entry facing the dinette than what we found on the 70. Azimut has opened-up this galley, American style, rather than enclosing it. The 72's galley has a refrigerator aft with a sink and cooktop outboard to port. Forward, there's countertop space for food preparation.
Still to port, just ahead of the galley is a raised two-person seat so that a pair of passengers can travel facing forward, keeping the captain company and providing more eyeballs to aid piloting. To starboard, the lower helm has two captain's chairs and a door to the side deck outboard.
Azimut has managed to fit four staterooms and four heads -- each with a separate shower stall -- into the new 72. Not only that, but the circular "beam-me-up-Scotty" shower stalls has been -- thankfully -- eliminated.Stairs to the left of the helm descend to the accommodations level. Directly at the bottom is the entry to the master stateroom, which is a few steps lower.
It has an island berth with a set of drawers to port. Facing seats around a table to starboard is Azimut's signature contribution to a master stateroom design which has been copied by much of the industry. Large windows on each side have opening ports. A flatscreen TV is on the forward bulkhead. There’s a walk-in closet aft to port.
Positioning the master head between the master stateroom and the engine compartment helps reduce operational noise in the master a bit. However, we doubt that this boat will be making long passages at night, unless the owner/operator is at the helm. Azimut's designers have quite correctly, in our opinion, avoided a "his-and-hers" head which wastes space and eliminates a much-needed walk-in closet. Twin sinks are outboard. Across the back of the head area, the toilet and bidet are separated from the shower compartment by a glass divider.
As is the norm for boats in this class, the VIP cabin is in the bow. It has an island berth that is raised to improve outboard space on each side since it has been pushed so far forward. Storage shelves are outboard on each side and use the bow flare for much-needed storage. Windows and opening ports provide light and air. Overhead is the usual deck hatch. There are hanging lockers aft on each side with entry to the en suite head to starboard.
Positioned between the master and VIP staterooms are two guest cabins. To port there is a twin berth and hanging locker plus an en suite head. The cabin to starboard has two single bunks plus a hanging locker and its own head. Each cabin has a long window with opening port lights.
Entered from the swim platform, the crew quarters have two private cabins, one directly abaft the engine room with the berth positioned across the boat’s centerline and the other with the berth outboard to starboard. The private head is separate from the sleeping area to starboard.
Power and Propulsion.
Azimut powers the 72 with twin 1360-hp MAN diesel inboards. We haven’t tested the boat, but the manufacturer estimates top speed at approximately 31 knots and cruise at 26 knots. She weighs in at 117,505 lbs. (53.3 tons), fully-loaded.
Azimut unveiled the 72 at the Cannes boat show in early September 2015.When we compare her to other boats in class, we find that she is heavier than some, something which is a bit surprising in an Azimut because of their well-known speed. And, indeed, Azimut says she'll have a WOT of 31 knots and a best cruise of 26 knots -- both of which are quite good for a boat of this displacement.The 72 is one of the most narrow boats in class (by a few inches), but that has not kept her from having two guest cabins athwartships. Her low deadrise aft obviously gives her the lifting surface needed to attain her noteworthy speeds. We like the rounded nature of her quarters and the reverse bulwarks in the stern. We think this adds a soft, pleasing look to what is otherwise a sleek design.
Standard and Optional Features
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