Billionaire’s huge superyacht arrives at UK port.

A 72-metre superyacht owned by a Mexican billionaire has arrived in the South of Englands busiest navel port Plymouth.

One of the largest superyachts ever built in Italy by Italian yacht designers CRN, the Azteca, which is owned by billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego, has been photographed at Kings Point marina, in Millbay.

It is not clear if Mr Salinas Pliego, who is said to be worth in the region of 5.1 billion American dollars, will be on board or why the giant vessel is making the pit stop in the city but there is talk of a ‘high profile’ person aboard.

She was built according to the owner’s design wishes, with a “dashing hull shape”, a sharp bow and a modern, streamlined external form.The twin-screw superyacht can accommodate up to 12 guests and the company that built her says she was designed specifically for those on board to interact closely with the ocean.

She was built according to the owner’s design wishes, with a “dashing hull shape”, a sharp bow and a modern, streamlined external form.

Measuring 72 metres and with her distinctive grey displacement hull, Azteca is so far the largest superyacht built by CRN. In fact she is one of the largest yachts ever to be built in Italy. She is devoted to family life at sea, which is characterised by large relaxation areas, which have been designed in such a way that guests can enjoy being close to the sea.

We visited Azteca on warm September day in Monaco, when she made a grand entrance at Monaco Yacht Show.


With a length of 72 meters and a beam of 13,50m, this displacement yacht, built in steel and aluminum, is by far largest yacht in CRN history. Azteca, like many superyachts by CRN, is a fully custom creation, by the hands of the technical staff of the yard and the Nuvolari & Lenard design team.

The dashing shape of the hull, combined with the exceptionally modern, streamlined external forms, all made even more distinctive by the sharp imposing bow, set Azteca apart from other superyachts of its size.

Like an inspired work of art, the realization of Azteca largely rests on the interaction between the shipyard and the Azteca’s owner, whose personality was at the basis of the many choices made.


Azteca features many innovations, such as the lower deck stern area, a completely innovative area, where the transom door folds open, to reveal an area equipped as an authentic “beach club” of over than 100 square metres, complete with sun loungers, sofas and a large bar.


Moving one deck up, the main deck features a large aft deck, through which one reaches the formal salon, furnished with sofas and armchairs that provide an elegant conversation and relaxing area.



The adjacent formal dining area can be separated through sliding doors which ensure a certain intimacy.


Forward on the main deck there are two guest suites, as well as the owner’s suite, a room that the owner wanted to link directly to the sea through a door which can be folded at 90 degrees from within the cabin, which then becomes a private terrace overlooking the sea.


The two bathrooms, one reserved Azteca’s owner and one for his wife, are entirely covered in marble, with inserts of brown Tiger’s eye for his’ bathroom, and a slab of mother-of-pearl to soften the tones in hers’.


A cinema, equipped with a 65 inch screen, a large walk-in wardrobe and a massage room complete the owner’s suite.

Below on the lower deck, there are 2 VIP cabins, each with an extra Pullman bed, as well as two more twin cabins, which can be used as guest cabins, or be used by personal staff, such as nannies, or a bodyguard. A seventh guest/VIP cabin is situated on the upper deck which is similar in décor to the lower deck cabins.


The remainder of the lower deck is taken up by the crew accommodation, storage, the tender bays, which house the 10 metre Riva Shuttles, a 7 metre crew service tender, and four jet skis, and the engine room. This impressive space houses the twin Caterpillar type 3516 engines, that push Azteca up to a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.


The upper deck foyer, which is served by Azteca’s glass elevator, leads aft to the sky lounge. Tremendous views through large windows will certainly make this everyone’s favourite place to be.

For the guests who prefer to be outside, the upper aft deck offers more seating and sunbathing space as well as a circular bronze table for al fresco dining .


Perhaps Azteca’s best feature, is her unique semi open sun deck. Over 330 square meters in size, the sun deck is entirely dedicated to outdoor life. It features oversized sofas, a shaded bar area, a Jacuzzi, Gym and many sun beds that can easily make way, should the owner decide to arrive on board in his 2500 kg helicopter.

A masterpiece of elegance and sophistication, Azteca is the successful result of the owner’s precise vision of how to spend his precious free time, in close contact with the sea.

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