Iconic 47m Feadship superyacht Azteca has been sold

Written by Francesca Webster

The 46.6-metre Feadship superyacht Azteca has been sold. The yacht, which was launched by the Dutch shipyard in 1983, featured original exterior and interior design by legendary designer Jon Bannenberg. In recent months she has been owned by the Dutch shipbuilding company, Balk Shipyard and she is now due to undergo maintenance work to recommission her before she makes an appearance in the Mediterranean before the end of the summer.Lionwind yachtIn 1983, Aztecaโ€™s design by Bannenberg truly stood out from the ground. With geometric glass paneling covering the forward quarter of her upper decks, known as a glass solarium, the highly distinctive yacht was designed for the Mexican media mogul Emilio Azcarraga.ย 

With the primary design stipulation that she be a fast yacht, the vessel is built entirely from aluminium, chosen for its lightweight properties as well as its intrinsic flexibility which permits the moulding of irregular shapes.

Since her delivery in 1983 the yacht has been regularly maintained and refitted, undergoing a 1.5-metre stern extensive in 1997 and significant structural work conducted by the Malta Superyacht Services in 2008. At this time her mechanical elements underwent an entire overhaul and her systems were upgraded.

Internally, the yacht has five staterooms for the accommodation of as many as 10 guests, hosted across one split-level, main-deck master suite and two double staterooms and two twin staterooms, each located on the lower deck. Azteca also accommodates a crew of nine.

Aesthetically, the original interior has remained in good condition, with leather panels offset by hammered metal detailing and paired with polished Perspex handrails. Within the solarium, the light-filled room has been designed as a snug, facing the open ocean so guests can enjoy unspoiled sea views.ย 

The bridge deck has an aft section accommodating two tenders of up to 8.5 metres each, while the forward section features a bar area and outside dining for up to 20 guests with an extendable table. The table can also be lowered to form a shaded sun bed.

Twin 3,000 horsepower MTU engines give her a cruising speed of 18 knots and a range of 1,500 nautical miles at 15 knots. Aztecaย is an Iconic Feadship and an important piece of yachting history.

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