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72m Azteca - CRN's largest boat

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This is the largest yacht ever built at an Italian CRN shipyard. She is 91st in the prestigious Top 100 rating.

The yacht was built by order of an English businessman. Sir Donald Gosling.but for unknown reasons, he decided to sell it until construction was complete. A buyer was quickly found on the boat: it was a Mexican... Ricardo Salinas Pliegoranked 63rd on the world's richest people. This media magnate, who also owns a number of investment companies, has christened the Azteca ship after one of his enterprises.

The 72mAzteca is the largest yacht produced at the shipyard. CRNa member of the shipbuilding group Ferretti. The designers chose a steel case equipped with a bulb, and the superstructures were made of aluminum. The exterior and interior design was taken over by the company... Nuvolari Lenardwhich has won international recognition, in particular through its participation in the creation of the 82-meter-longAlfa Nero and 80-meter-highAmeviproduced at Oceanco's shipyard. Thanks to the generosity and talent of its creators, Azteca was immediately ranked 91st in the world's largest TOP 100 yachts. In other words, it has become one of the mega yachts in the luxury»category«, particularly for chartering.

From the forward deck, we will take the Portuguese bridge, which has a cozy seating area with a sofa and two armchairs, and then look into the wheelhouse. The captain's seat is equipped with comfort. Two adjustable seats with armrests rise above the dashboard of impressive size. The deckhouse has a traditional cabin, which is more like a cozy saloon at Azteca.

This displacement yacht was designed to have a maximum speed of 16 knots. To accomplish this task, Azteca was equipped with two Caterpillar 3516B diesel engines, each rated at 2575 hp. As a result, when the engines are running in maximum mode (1600 rpm) the yacht will reach 16.5 knots! And at 12 knots the yacht is able to cover 6000 miles without refueling, for example, to reach the Caribbean islands.

The crew consists of 28 people. The yacht has a cockpit for them, part of which is set aside for the living room and equipped with a corner sofa for 8 people. The second half is reserved for the dining room with three dining tables and the kitchen. There are 14 double cabins with three degrees of comfort for crew members. On the same lower deck, in the center there are two guest cabins with double beds, bathrooms and dressing rooms. They are accessed by a separate staircase.

The two garages on the sides have the Riva 30-foot boat, the Castoldi 7.5-meter tender with rigid superstructure and two Yamaha WaveRunner jet skis on full alert. Tenders and water toys can moor to the transom, which turns into a spacious solarium when folded up. It is adjoined by a living room, bar and showers. The total area of this lounge area is 75 m². Other areas for relaxation are also available on board. At the rear of the main deck there is a rectangular table for 10 people, four sofas and two coffee tables. On the upper deck, which offers a panoramic view, there is a round table for 14 people. Finally, the entire area of the upper deck - 280 m² - has been transformed into a giant relaxation area with deck chairs, sofas, bar, Jacuzzi with solarium and fitness room. The rear part of the deck can be turned into a helipad for a 6-seater helicopter (pilot and 5 passengers) weighing 3 tons.

Going forward on the main deck, we find ourselves in a 65 m² master suite, which covers the entire deck width. On the starboard side, large, walled glazed doors lead to a 10m² folding terrace. On either side of the bed there are doors leading to the separate bathrooms of the spouses. The master suite is adjoined on the right by a massage room and on the left by a home cinema with a 65 inch screen TV. Close to the master suite there are two VIP two-room cabins for owners' children or guests of honour. Another VIP cabin, the most spacious, is located on the upper deck, next to the wheelhouse. A glass elevator serves all three decks, from main deck to sun deck.

Inspired by its success, the CRN shipyard is already building a new 80-metre yacht, which is scheduled for launch in December 2011.

Text - Alain Brouss Photo - CRN

Published in YACHTS magazine #37.

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