The sea trial was pubblished on Superyacht 28 – Spring 2011 

CRN, one of Gruppo Ferretti’s traditional brands, presents “Azteca”, an aluminium and steel 71 metre superyacht with a very distinctive look, jointly created by CRN’s technical staff and Nuvolari & Lenard designers.

The yacht has a sleek and aggressive look that gives it a markedly forceful and very sporty appearance thanks to a carefully studied balance between volumes and design. “Azteca’s” imposing volumes are indeed modelled to look light, and integrate perfectly with the overall design, enhancing its profile in particular.

As is in true CRN tradition, also Azteca is born of a strong liaison between yard and owner, who has chosen to input a great deal of his own personality into the yacht, putting as the focal point to the design contact between the yacht’s guests and the sea. It is indeed not by chance that many of the design features aim decidedly to reduce both the visual and physical encumbrances between boat and sea, with its enormous beach-area astern on the lower deck and also a large hatch that opens out flat from the owner’s suite and turns into a terrace overlooking the sea.

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This way of having sections of the hull that open out onto the sea is a CRN prerogative, which was one of the first yards to experiment this kind of architectural and technical solution. The use of this type of balcony that opens out onto the open sea has often been used by the yard for owners’ suites and main living-room areas (as, for example on the CRN 120 “Blue Eyes”). Azteca’s beach-area is over 100 m2 and has an outdoor shower and sun pad, which means it can double as a solarium.

Adjacent to it is a large and comfortable indoor area with bar where guests can chat over a drink in direct contact with the sea. The main deck has two guests’ suites and, naturally, the owner’s suite, which has two private bathrooms, a his and a hers, both dressed in marble and rare woods, including the basic theme based on brown tiger’s eye stone inlays for his and a slab in mother of pearl for hers. The owner’s suite also has an area dedicated to cinema, with a 65” screen and a massage-room for wellness and relaxation.

This deck also has a modern, professional galley that’s close on 50 m2. The second galley, for more culinary treats, is on the upper deck and has a white Carrara marble table. The lower deck has two VIP suites and, astern, a further two guests’ cabins. This deck also includes the crew’s quarters, designed to allow staff to work in the best possible way with spaces suited to their needs, and also a laundry and two garages that hold a Riva-Shuttle almost 10 metres long, a service tender almost 7 metres long and four jet-skis. The top deck has a special VIP suite for the owner’s special guests. This cabin is large and has a breathtaking view, whilst guaranteeing full privacy.

And the captain has a very comfortable cabin next to the helm station, which has all the latest state of the art navigation gear. Always on this deck there is also a refrigerated pantry for the storage of food and beverage. The spectacular appearance of this luxurious superyacht is also demonstrated by the presence of an absolutely remarkable sun deck that’s 33 metres long and 10 wide with large sofas and sun pads, a bar and a Jacuzzi tub. At the stern end of this deck there is a heli- pad for a 2,500 kg helicopter.

This deck also has a fitness centre where guests can enjoy exercise with a great view. The areas dedicated to socialisation are mainly centred round two tables, a round bronze one on the upper-deck and one in wenge wood with Carrara marble top in the cockpit on the main-deck. This last guarantees complete privacy also when Azteca is docked. The yacht has two Caterpillar 3516 engines that allow it to reach speeds of up to 16.5 knots and give it a cruising speed of 15. CRN is a yard that’s always in line with the latest tendencies in style and, above all, with owners’ needs, which tend to change quite quickly in time. This Ancona yard does indeed offer international market yachts of great quality and outstanding prestige, that point to a refined clientele that it has earned the trust of over time, and it is in effect time that has brought CRN an ever growing success in terms of production.

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by Luca Borro

LOA: 72 m – beam: 15.50 m – displacement: 1,600 tons – max draught: 3.50 m – fuel capacity: 250,000 litres – water capacity: 40,000 litres – engines: 2xCaterpillar C4.4 84 Kw 380V 50Hz – top speed: 16.5 knots – cruising speed: 15 knots – construction materials: steel and aluminium.