This year, AICON has unveiled their 72 LS Open at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. Her open design with opening windows, moon roof and generous use of glass brings the outdoors indoors. She is a masterpiece. Her design is more than just fiberglass, stainless-steel, joinery and technology. It represents an understated elegance... a commitment to quality and good taste.
Their newest entry the 72LS is an open design. She has an openness in her layout that maximizes her usable space. She is contemporary, but more importantly she is clean, well appointed and uncorrupted by design elements that are not necessary. She is impressive and elegant. Perhaps, refined is a better word.
The Aicon 72 is an express so she travels fast. Cruising speed is 33 knots; top speed bumps 38. Acceleration from dead in the water to top speed is a crisp 30 seconds.
Motion under way is comfortable. Designed for short, steep seas, the boat’s ride is dry, even when beating into four- to six-footers. She’s nimble for her size. Cornering hard and looping through a series of figure eights on Biscayne Bay, the 72 responded quickly, as if it were a much smaller express cruiser. Sightlines are so good that smaller boat owners won’t feel intimidated by the jump in size, which is very important, if, as anticipated, Aicon 72 owners will be skippers transitioning up from a 40- or 50-footer.
Thanks to the generous expanse of safety glass, there’s plenty of light shining in. Side windows power up and down. A Jovian-proportioned moonroof retracts, and the aft sliding door is almost wide enough to drive a Ferrari through. All these things lend this space the ambience of a plush SoHo loft.
The interior wood paneling is of a luscious blonde oak, and the joinery is superb panel and trim parting lines are barely visible; drawers appear tight enough to hold water. Then you learn that Aicon is also in the furniture business and it all begins to make sense.
Construction is particularly robust, with the bottom of the boat measuring approximately 1.5 inches thick. The cored glass deck is nearly two inches thick. The hull-to-deck joint is first sealed with polyurethane adhesive. Stout, stainless steel bolts fasten a big stainless steel belt around the whole works. Then comes an additional layer of fiberglass cloth and resin. This belt-and-suspenders approach should eliminate any chance of leaks. Stainless steel cleats, chocks and rails are robust, yet attractively styled, and are fabricated by Aicon on-site at its boatyard in Sicily.
Aicon 72 LS Open Specifications
- Length over all: 23,00 m
- Length-hull: : 22,45 m
- Lenght at the water line: : 18,15 m
- Beam: 5,28 m
- Construction height: 3.20 m
- Draft: 0,975 mt
- Displacement full load: 41.000kg
- Fuel capacity : 4500 lt
- Water capacity 1000 lt
- Max speed: 38 knots
- Cruising speed: 33 knots
- Keel: a "V"-deadrise 15 degree aft
- Price: $ 2.8 million