If you’ve ever bet a few bucks on the ponies, you know the phrase “horses for courses.” It’s the racetrack punter’s way of saying that some horses are better on certain tracks than others. The expression has become an idiom to convey that what is suitable to one person might be unsuitable for others. That’s exactly the case with the Azimut 72S.
There are expedition yachts and trawler yachts and performance yachts. The Azimut 72S is a fun yacht. It’s all about enjoying your time on the water with your family and friends, not extended voyaging. No, this Italian stallion nails how most people use their yachts. They take short cruises. They play in the water. They sprawl in the sun. And they enjoy their food and, ahem, beverage. The fact that this Azimut was born and bred for the harbors of Portofino, St. Tropez or Cap Ferrat makes it no less perfect for Nantucket, Avalon or Palm Beach.
At first glance, it’s easy to see the Azimut genome in the lines, and it’s clear that exterior stylist Stefano Righini has captured the swoopy Azimut DNA without creating a caricature. Azimut decreed that the 72S interior be airy and open, even in the staterooms, and Righini did a fine job of disguising the large windows that accomplish that goal. To create oversize “picture windows” in the master stateroom, Righini took the Rubik’s Cube approach with six square panes set in sturdy mullions.
It’s a clever solution on several fronts: first, because it does seem like a large single window from inside and, second, because it provides great protection and strength in case you nuzzle up against a piling. For the larger guest cabin forward, Righini used a Cleopatra-eye shape that blends well with the superstructure.