Azimut 72 Fly Review: Sporty Sophistication and Style

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The new Azimut model from their Fly series boasts classic sporty elegance, while its stylish interiors carry the signature of newcomer to the yachting industry, architect and designer Fabio Fantolino

The new Azimut 72 Fly, introduced at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023, is a yacht measuring 22.64 meters overall and capable of combining sportiness and comfort in the best possible way. The exteriors of the new model of the Fly series are penned by Alberto Mancini, who has long been developing the sporting DNA that has made the history of Azimut yachts.

At the same time, the interiors have been entrusted to the architect and designer Fabio Fantolino, making his debut in the world of yachting. Giovanna Vitelli, president of Azimut | Benetti, who is in love with innovation applied to boats, hired him for his recognized culture of ‘tailor-made’ design, leading him to tackle residential and hospitality interior design projects.

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Luxury yacht Azimut 72 Fly starboard view

Azimut 72 Fly

72 feet long Azimut yacht is an equilibrium of power and presence. Size, sportiness and comfort are the key features of this flawlessly performing beauty.

Exterior Elegance: Sculptural Lines and Functional Space

With the new Fly 72, Alberto Mancini’s stylistic language introduces an unprecedented clean line, further emphasizing what the shipyard defines as ‘the sculptural tension that characterizes the design of the entire series’. The new Azimut Fly 72 has a relatively slender hull, strong with clean sides, underlined by long windows, balanced by a deckhouse set back and projected backward, then recovered by the fly’s windscreen and its hard-top, instead, moves in the opposite direction.

Exterior of the new yacht sparks with sporty elegance, introduced to brand by Alberto Mancini

Introduced by a platform over the water that can be used as a beach area, the exteriors come to life as soon as you reach the cockpit, protected at the top by the flybridge and furnished with a wet bar and a sofa overlooking the interior. This first convivial area is intended to integrate with the interiors and vice versa, blending one with the other at every opportunity.

The largest external lounge area, however, is located in the bow, reachable using the large gangways on the side. Once at the bow, a real outdoor lounge welcomes guests. This panoramic bow lounge offers a large sunbathing area, and the sporty lines of the superstructure stretching towards the stern contribute to accentuating the large spaces, while the squared design of the bow increases the space.

What is surprising about the new example of the Azimut fly line is the ability to maintain a sporty, slender, and modern appearance despite the presence of the hard top. In detail, the fly is divided into three distinct areas, integrated fluidly and harmoniously.

At the bow, next to the wheelhouse, the second dinette quickly transforms into a sunbathing area without limiting contact between the pilot and guests. The area amidships, which can be used for dining, is equipped with a wet bar sheltered by the hard-top. At the stern, there is a large sunbathing area.

Interior Design: Custom Luxury and Comfort

Azimut 72 Fly is a cruiser whose nature is reflected in the internal volumes. Amidships, one can appreciate the vast salon, complete with every element necessary for life on board, illuminated by large windows.

The lounge, just overlooking the cockpit, composed of two sofas, one L-shaped and one C-shaped, completes the furnishings by forming a protected convivial area that precedes the more ‘utilitarian’ spaces such as the galley and the dining area, lit by a full-height window, which dominates the scene and offers a breathtaking view in close contact with the sea. The interior helm station and a dinette dedicated to meals are just behind the windshield.

Interiors are marked by round shapes and bright and gentle tones of natural materials

On the lower deck, the sleeping area is divided into four cabins, each complete with en-suite services. Thanks to the maximum beam of the hull, the owner’s suite, a double room complete with sofas and a study corner, is in the center of the boat. This suite is appreciated not only for its spaces and functionality but also for its warm-toned colors and some details in matt bronze.

Two large portals frame the hull windows, emphasizing the influx of light as a design element. At the extreme bow is the other large cabin, a double VIP. The other two cabins are a double cabin with single beds and a third and smaller double cabin. The crew quarters are located aft, under the cockpit.

Azimut 72 Fly interior design

‘The project was born with the desire to create an atmosphere of balance and relaxation. We worked hard, making excellent contrasts between contemporaneity and classicism using traditional materials such as wood and velvets’, explains Fabio Fantolino. The new 72 Fly features all the best solutions experienced in the most recent generation of Azimut models, such as carbon fiber for the upper part of the structure. This choice lightens the laminate components by 30 percent and helps reduce body roll by up to 15 percent.

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Technological Innovations and Engine Power: Optimized Performance for Seamless Sailing

To optimize navigation, from planing time to increasing speed and reducing consumption, Humphree interceptors and an automatic vessel balancing system are applied, which are capable – if needed – of transferring fuel from one tank to the other. Raymarine also provides a customized integrated control system for Azimut, which allows constant supervision, even remotely, of engines, bilge pumps, engine room ventilation, air conditioning, and more.

Propulsion is provided by a pair of MAN CR V12s of 1400 hp / 1044 kW, ensuring a maximum speed of 32 knots, with 26 knots of cruising speed. Usually for cruising speed the engine is set at 1800 rpm with an hourly consumption of approx 205/210 l/h. To sail at 30 knots you should set the throttle at least at 2100 rpm, with a consumption of 250 l/h. The fuel reserve is 5200 liters. The CE marking is A.

Azimut 72 Fly specifications

Length: 22,57 m
Beam: 5,62 m
Draught: 1,82 m
Displacement: 53,5 t
Engines: 2 x MAN CR V12 / 2 x 1400 hp / 1044 kW
Maximum speed: 32 knots
Cruising speed: 26 knots
Fuel capacity: 5200 l
Water capacity: 1100 l
Exterior Design: Alberto Mancini
Interior Design: Fabio Fantolino
Shipyard: Azimut Yachts
Dealer: Navis Marine

Text: Roberto Franzoni

Photos: Azimut Yachts

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