Aicon 72 — By Capt. Bill Pike
— November 2005
Part 2: Blonde oak joinery, polished chrome fitments, and the appropriate color-coordinated fabrics bolster the outdoorsy theme.
First the layout. The 72 is designated as an open for an excellent reason. The side windows of the superstructure power down in automobile fashion, a moonroof-type panel overhead retracts hydraulically, and the huge sliding door aft, fabricated in stainless steel and safety glass by Aicon’s artisans, opens wide. The result? A long, bulkheadless upper deck (with a teak-planked, wet-bar-equipped BBQ area aft, a dining/lounging/navigating space forward, and a sunken port-side galley in between, with crew’s quarters opposite) that can be opened to the wiles of sun and sea. Blonde oak joinery, polished chrome fitments, and the appropriate color-coordinated fabrics bolster the outdoorsy theme.
The more conventional bottom deck is about stretch-out comfort. There’s a whopping full-beam master amidships with a double berth and round Nemo ports with hinged opening segments port and starboard, an equally impressive VIP forward (also with a double berth), and a generous guest stateroom to starboard abaft the VIP with two single berths. En suite heads, Techma MSDs, separate shower stalls of Plexiglas with high-end faucets and fixtures, dressing tables, and high-fashion fabrics and wall coverings are the order of the day. As with the upper deck, the arrangement is decidedly linear, with a hallway on centerline.
By contrast, the engine room seemed jam-packed with machinery, a condition partly due to the intrusion of the garage for the tender from overhead and partly attributable to the fact that to achieve high speeds with a heavy vessel, plenty of oomph is called for: a set of V-drive-configured, 1,550-hp Caterpillar C30s. Accessing the area abaft the engines, which is chocka block with soundshielded gensets, batteries, fuel-water separators, and other paraphernalia, didn’t look to me like it was going to be easy.
A couple of days after the formal introduction, I had a chance to do a wringout. And while I was able to record all the normal test data, a hydraulic failure just before I was to take the wheel precluded me actually test driving the boat.
I can vouch for the 72’s close-quarters maneuvering prowess, however, as well as the boat-handling prowess of Capt. Bonaccorsi. He delicately backed our test boat through an incredibly tight and serpentine little channel, with yachts on either side and docked alongside, with another vessel’s bow pulpit hanging a good three feet over our transom. Nothing boosts docksmanship like a bow thruster and a stern thruster.
So what’s my take on Aicon’s outdoorsy new performance cruiser? Although, in my book, the construction of the 72 is robust enough to qualify for a unique status among her peers and her on-the-water capabilities seemed impressive, I’m waiting to take a look at a completed model stateside before passing final judgement on fit and finish. But judging from what I saw at the factory (see “Rock Solid,” this story), I am expecting to be impressed.
Aicon Yachts ( (954) 786-0211. www.aiconyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.