AZTECA Yacht – Ricardo Salinas Pliego’s $80M Superyacht

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AZTECA yacht, Ricardo Salinas Pliego’s $80 Million Superyacht, is the product of an all-Italian design and build team. CRN’s naval architects worked with Ferretti Group’s Advanced Yacht Technology department and Venice-based Nuvolari Lenard design to build a boat that is modern, elegant, and perfect for family life at sea.

Delivered in 2010, AZTECA is an impressive 72m yacht designed for an comfortable yet elegant onboard experience. The original owner who commissioned the AZTECA, Francisco Hernando, was very involved in the design elements of the yacht.

Name:Azteca
Length:72m (236ft)
Guests:12 in 6 cabins
Crew:28 in 14 cabins
Builder:CRN
Designer:Nuvolari Lenard
Interior Designer:Nuvolari Lenard
Year:2010
Speed:16.5 knots
Engines:Caterpillar
Volume:1,891 ton
IMO:1009924
Price:US $80 million
Annual Running:US $5-8 million
Owner:Ricardo Salinas Pliego

AZTECA yacht interior

Nuvolari Lenard’s Valentina Zannier designed the interior of the AZTECA yacht and includes warm and sober tones from cream to dark brown and features walnut, glossy rosewood, and mahogany. The yacht has accommodation for 16 guests in 8 cabins and cabins to house 28 crew members.

The crew members also have a crew mess and gym on the tank deck. There is a sky lounge, a separate cinema room, a spa, and a hair salon. She also has an expansive sundeck full of amenities for entertaining in the indoor/outdoor space.

Francisco Hernando, the original owner, was intimately involved in the vessel’s design to create a guest experience close to the water. The beach club is impressively sized and opens with a massive transom door that creates an indoor/outdoor area with a bar and salon.

The tender garage is filled with water toys like jet skis and a low-profile tender. The yacht features extensive pantry options, making it an excellent vessel for entertaining.

The entertainment features of the AZTECA yacht were one of the many reasons that Pliego bought the $80 Million Superyacht.

Exterior

Her exterior exudes elegance and power with a streamlined gray-painted steel hull and light cream-colored aluminum superstructure. She has teak decking and consists of 4 decks.

The exterior was designed by Nuvolari Lenard and built by CRN yachts in 2010. Azteca is the largest boat built by CRN at the time of her launch. 

Specifications

AZTECA has a gross tonnage of 1891 tons and is powered by Caterpillar engines. The yacht reaches a top speed of 17kn and a cruising speed of 15kn and has a range of 6000 nautical miles.

AZTECA has a length of 72m, with a beam of 13.5m and a draft of 3.5m. She has a Lloyd’s Classification and an annual running cost of $5 – $8 Million.

Owner – Ricardo Salinas Pliego

The boat is currently owned by Ricardo Salinas Pliego, a Mexican billionaire. He has a net worth of $12 billion and owns several of Mexico’s largest companies, including Grupo Salinas and Grupo Elektra.

The original owner, a Spanish businessman, Francisco Hernando, sold the AZTECA to Pliego shortly after the build was completed in 2010.

Pliego reportedly fell in love with the AZTECA yacht at first sight and only made a few minor changes to the interior details of the yacht. When she was sold, she was renamed the Arbema.

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