Bluegame BG72 Review: Outside the Box

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Bluegame BG72 is a daring yacht designed for owners who love avant-garde design and plenty of space

Following the traditional view on yachts and boats, many owners have an idea of a strict separation of units into cruise yachts and day boats, which are mostly used as tenders. While the first category boasts spacious cabins and dining areas, the second is beloved for open spaces. Yet in recent years, new trends have begun to merge these two seemingly completely separate concepts into a unique yacht design.

Bluegame BG72
Stern by night

New crossover from Bluegame Yachts

The most important name in this new crossover segment is Italian manufacturer Bluegame, part of the Sanlorenzo group since 2018. Starting as a manufacturer of small day cruisers with open cockpit, with the launch of the BX70 Bluegame introduced in 2019 a model with plenty of open space, a flybridge salon, and exterior design very much reminiscent of an explorer yacht crossed with a professional workboat.

Bluegame BG72 interior
The interiors can be tailored to the owner’s needs, depending on whether living on the boat in a more convivial or more private way

In 2021, Bluegame took the BX70 design to the next level with the BG72. The new model takes all the radical design components of her predecessor and elevates them to a new level, adding an open salon on the upper deck. Like all Bluegame models, the BG72 was designed by naval architect Luca Santella, and we had the opportunity to take her out to sea for trials at the Cannes show last year.

Bluegame BG72 exterior

The first feature that caught our eye is the truly huge aft platform which is a natural extension of the spacious aft space. This platform extends almost two meters from the end of the hull, and the platform itself, with the help of strong hydraulics, can be further moved away from the stern by about a meter, and moved one meter up or down in relation to its starting position. The platform is connected to the deck and can serve as a walkway or a staircase leading down to the sea.

Bluegame BG72 salon
Bluegame BG72 salon

From the platform we stepped aboard, finding ourselves on the deck – the stern is basically another spacious teak platform protected on the sides by the high sides of the hull. The purpose of this space, which looks more like the stern of a work boat than a yacht, becomes clear when you realize how much space it offers to the owner, allowing them to use it however they want; filling it with deck chairs or sea toys. Raising the floor at the stern opens up the engine compartment and allows easier access to the engines, generator and air conditioners.

Finally, the superstructure of the ship begins with the main entrance to the interior via a wide sliding door that serve as windows of the salon. On both sides there are stairs that lead to the upper deck, to another salon. Like the rest of the interior, the main deck salon is somewhat unusually decorated, with plenty of dark wenge wood and gray fabrics, perhaps to contrast all those open spaces.

Bluegame BG72 layout

The salon and cabins are accessed via a small staircase below the stern, and the salon is furnished by a black glass dining table, a sofa to the port, a bar that separates the galley from the salon, and a comfortable L-shaped sectional served by a coffee table for coffee starboard.

Bluegame BG72 exterior
Bluegame BG72 is a successful fusion of open and flybridge

Below deck there are two guest cabins, each with two single beds, each with it’s own bathroom, and the owner’s cabin is in the bow with a headboard oriented towards the very bow. Another layout is available, with the master cabin astern, and the salon and the galley mid-hull, with one guest cabin and VIP cabin in the bow. Anther staircase took us to the command post, the only fully closed space on the main deck.

The post enjoys excellent visibility and is served by a very clean control panel dominated by three multifunctional touchscreens, the steering wheel and throttle levers and a Volvo IPS joystick. This space allows for excellent visibility and offers protection from the elements. In the bow area of the command post, there is a bench facing the bow.

Bluegame BG72 owners cabin

Bluegame BG72 guest double bed cabin
The owner’s cabin is in the bow, while two double guest cabins are below deck

Outside on the main deck, in front of the command post, there is a large sunbed. Behind the command post on the main deck lies another salon, protected by a roll bar and furnished with a folding that can connect two sofas located opposite each other, a barbecue, sink and refrigerator combo, and with a sunbathing area astern.

Bluegame BG72 range and speed

Powered by two Volvo Penta IPS 1350 D13 engines, the Bluegame BG72 is a true cruiser that sails most efficiently at around 14 knots, with both engines consuming 111 liters per hour, while optimal cruising speed is 25 knots, with consumption around 316 liters.

Maximum speed is 30 knots. BG72 is excellent at breaking waves, especially because of the high bow, while in turns, even at high speeds, it tilts by a maximum of about ten degrees. Rolling is reduced by a gyroscopic stabilizer (standard equipment), which also helps in reducing tilting and jumping. Bluegame BG72 left an impression of a yacht whose daring design reflects well her daring capabilities – and will probably attract equally daring owners.

Bluegame BG72 specifications

LOA: 22.82 m
Beam: 5.60 m
Draft: 1.60 m (full load)
Displacement: 40 t
Fuel tank capacity: 4000 l
Water tank capacity: 1000 l
Engines: 2 x Volvo IPS D13 1350 (1000 hp)
Top speed: 30 knots
Cruising speed: 25 knots
Builder: Bluegame
Dealer: Sanlorenzo Adria

Text Mlađan Marušić

Photos & video Bluegame

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