En route for speed, elegance and comfort
Yacht Class n°5 (June-july-august 2016)
The Italian shipyard has always been at the cutting edge of technology. The third evolution of the flybridge series, from 70' to 80', is no exception. The carbon fiber superstructures makes her considerably lighter and enhances her performances. We actually recorded a 33 knots peak, a good result.
Text : Franck Van Espen - Photos DR
The Azimut flybridge series goes from the 42' to the 100' and counts as many as eleven models. This shows how important the market is for this range, and especially for the 70' and the new 72', perfect for charter. You never change a winning formula. Azimut knows that. Once again, Stefano Righini signs the exterior design while Carlo Galeazzi is responsible of the interiors. In charge of the conception of the hull, Studio P.L.A.N.A and the in-house architect department, have done a remarkable work to achieve a perfect balance between stability and comfort at sea. The exterior line of the 72' is as always handsome and elegant, with her angular but carefully designed lateral windows. Let's note that one side differs from the other with part of its window expanding all the way down to the floor. The bulwark has a similar opening to offer the best possible sea view. Azimut also stands out with its stem featuring a trapezoidal foredeck to increase the area of circulation and the storage concealing the anchor chain and various equipment. The shipyard have also been a forerunner in the development of the front part of the vessel by setting up, in addition to the usual sun-pad, a dining area with a bench, table and a foldable bimini. This place is truly one of the most pleasant while in navigation (low noise) or on a mooring with a 180-degree sea view. For once, the opening hardtop providing shade to the flybridge is stylish and perfectly fits in her profile, without altering her sporty character.
The 37m2 flybridge is one of the largest in this category and extends to the limit of the transom to shade the cockpit occupants. If its first part is rather "standard", with a helm station, a solarium, a mini-kitchen and dining area, the second one is totally customisable according to the client's needs. Like the upper deck, the flybridge enjoys a high level of finishing, both regarding the riggings and the quilted saddlery reminiscent of the interior of a luxury car. A crane can also be considered to a haul a tender or a jetski, but it would be unfortunate to spoil this spot initially dedicated to leisure. Especially considering that the Azimut 72' offers a very large and submersible hydraulic bathing platform to launch a semi-rigid craft (around 3,80metre-long). Guided by experience, Azimut is generous with storage space. In addition to those on the foredeck concealing the fenders, a second access, symmetrical to one for the crew area located on the transom level, features a useful storage compartment to store the various water toys. The crew enjoys a good living area, with shower and sleeping berths for two people, totally independent from the passenger areas. A watertight door seals off the access to the engine room housing twin 1400 hp MAN engines. The mechanics will be delighted to notice that there is enough room to work on the engines and the various equipment. In this area, there is no criticism either for the electrical installation. Very trendy, a "Seakeeper" gyro stabilizer has been installed to decrease rolling at anchor, provided that this energy-intensive equipment is supplied by the power generator. In the series of evolution, the research department has also planned in the cockpit a third mini-helm station with a joystick. Underneath, a trunk allows to cut the power off. It also has plenty of storage facilities, be it under the flybridge staircase or the bench cushions. After crossing the bay window in stainless steel whose framework forms on the floor a light edge (which we regret), we discover a refined interior, where every detail was meticulously studied. In the portside partition, a dresser with an indirect lighting has been fitted right in front of a large white leather couch, which contrasts with the ceruse oak floor and some of the chocolate-coloured furniture.
The shipyard also proposes a second layout version with a combination of darker woods. The lighting is provided by LED, both design and economical. Such as the TV built in a partition, facing the couch, the curtains are activated by an electrical switch. The open plan indoor salon, suitable for most international users, features a kitchen facing dining area on a single level. The captain and his assistant are pampered with two comfortable seats, electrically adjustable. The dashboard is mainly composed of two 15' screens, displaying the aids to navigation and the commands of the various equipment. The central stanchion in carbon supporting the windshield reminds us that this level and the sundeck were also made with this composite material to reduce the weight and increase the solidity of the vessel. According to the shipyard, the weight of the structure has been reduced by 30 % compared to a traditional material. The substantial difference has a direct impact on the dynamism of the yacht, who not only shows better performances but above all a greater stability when stationary thanks to a lower centre of gravity. The gangway leading to the hull is also finely decorated with its partition covered with beautiful quilted fabrics. It naturally leads to four double en-suite cabins : the full-beam master in the center, the VIP located in the bow and two guest cabins in between. In addition to a refined decoration, every cabin is highlighted by abundant natural light. As usual, they display a large volume and a proper headroom of 2 metres. But an Azimut is not only defined by a cozy interior, it also offers comfort and quietness in navigation. On a positive note, this flybridge delivers the same sensations than a sport boat, with the lift-off speed reached in less than 10 seconds. She even exceeds her predicted maximum speed by 2 knots : 33 knots at 2360 rpm. Drawing a comparison with a sportfly is fully justified. Another good surprise is the silence in navigation : only 71db at 24 knots. No unpleasant squeaking coming from the furniture or the partitions. This feeling is confirmed by the perfect passage of the hull without any jolts.
With this yacht, Azimut achieved a high level of luxury, both regarding construction and decoration. The composite material used in the conception of the superstructures is definitely an asset that almost turns this flybridge into a sport boat. This undeniable advantage is a further evidence that the shipyard aims to be at the cutting-edge of progress.
- Overall length : 22,64 m
- Max beam : 5,60 m
- Draft : 1,82 m
- Fuel : 5 200 l
- Water : 1 100 l
- Weight : 53,3 t
- Material: polyester
- Engine : 2 x MAN CR V12
- Power : 2 x 1 400 ch (2 x 1 030 kW)
- Max speed : 33 knots
- Cruising speed : 21,4 knots
- Price : 2 700 000 euros HT
- Navals architects : Studio P.L.A.N.A et Azimut Yachts
- Interior designer : Stefano Righini
- Exterior designer : Carlo Galeazzi
- Builder : Azimut Yachts (Avigliana – Italie)
- Importer : Azimut Yachts France