At a quick glance, the 2017 Azimut 72 follows the blueprint of many other Euro-designed modern flybridge cruisers.
It has tons of glass, a large high-low sunbathing platform, and the ubiquitous hardtop that tries (but thankfully fails) to upset the exterior design that Stefano Righini has spent so much time developing.
Upon closer inspection, the boat does seem particularly generous in key places. The foredeck area for example is very vast. She is graced with a sunbed that could have been plucked from any 90 footer!
Nowadays, most flybridge cruisers have relatively long spacious flybridges, but the 72 Azimut is just a little more elongated than typical.
Inside, the usual sought after key features are present and correct for a boat this size including four en-suite cabins, as well as two good crew cabin aft. You do not typically see a 72’ yacht with all en-suite cabins so this is definitely a bonus on a boat this size.
The headroom is generous too; 6ft 9in (2.06m) in the saloon, 6ft 6in (1.98m) throughout the owner’s cabin, and a whopping 6ft 8in (2.03m) in the engine room. This makes the interior feel more voluminous and open and also makes working in the engine room much easier for contractors. When the engine room is spacious and well laid out it saves the owner money in the yard and routine service and maintenance. These features are nice but perhaps not enough to sell you on an Azimut vs. her competitors.
What might persuade you is Azimut’s highly distinctive style inside. The Italian company has married its archetypal characterful limed oak with ultra high gloss ebony, and then peppered the boat with highly polished stainless steel detailing in the form of useful handholds, seamanlike fiddles, protective cappings and table legs and furniture supports – they run through the 72 as a shimmering stylistic link. And they look fabulous.
The standard of finish throughout is also outstanding, a true testament to Azimut and Italian shipbuilders.
Practical detailing is impressive as well; cedar lined wardrobes, heavy doors closing onto rubber gaskets to reduce noise transmission, and the almost complete absence of sharp edges or protruding corners to fall against when the going gets rough.
The Azimut 72 does seem to have it all: a glamorous interior with impressive practical detailing, generous headroom, reasonable 32.6 knot performance, a fine engineering installation, and four cabins which are all conveniently en-suite.