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  1. YachtForums

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  2. John Venners

    John Venners New Member

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    Interested in Aicon 56

    I'd love to hear any comments or thoughts regarding the Aicon 56. I'm looking to get back on the water with something that works in Florida during winter and Annapolis in the summer.
  3. YachtForums

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    John,

    I've been onboard the 56' Aicon and was very impressed. The interior appointments and finish is very much like the Azimuts I've been onboard, but without the higher price. Like many of the latest Italian designs, the interior design is curvy and modern. Light woods and earth tones are used throughout and the boat truly has a quality feel about it. The exterior design is also remeniscent of the Azimut, with abstract elliptical windows and flared radar arches. A landlubber would be hard pressed to discern the difference between the two manufacturers.

    Generally, a mid 50's flybridge has a V-berth master. With the Aicon, the VIP is located in this position, with the master being located midship. The bed in the master is angled to add dimension to the lay-out. Overall, there is pretty good room to move about on the lower level, which also makes provisions for the crew in a bunk room between the master and VIP.

    Another outstanding feature you don't often find in flybridge boats of this size... a wheelhouse in the forward salon. Interior wheelhouses are great for long voyages or to escape inclimate weather, but they also take a lot of valuable room on mid-size boats. On a galley-up design, this is the area that is generally sacrificed and the Aicon is no exception. For what it's worth, this is typical of many of the Italian built boats I've boarded, including the Azimut, Astandoa and others. I can't figure it out... I thought Italians liked to cook! ;)

    One attribute I distinctly remember was a small office in the master, that could be interpreted as a vanity, except there are no mirrors. This is a GREAT feature and frankly, I wouldn't buy a boat without a dedicated office or workstation. However, the space designated as an office made no provisions for your legs under the desk.

    Aside from the above gripes, Aicon makes a product truly worth considering. Go onboard one and you'll see what I mean. In all fairness to yourself, go onboard every boat you can find in this size range. A few boats will rise to the top. Aicon is one of them.

    Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. Finally getting caught up around here. :)

    Carl
  4. Yachtwatch

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    Carl,

    Very well said I can not agree with you more. Very well said. I have a client if the purchase of his Westport goes as planned will be selling his 56' Aicon. I was not so sure of his yacht until I brought it up from Cabo San Lucas Mexico to San Francisco. The vessels finish work and accomadations are first class and well thought out and the performance is what you will find in a smaller boat and the open blue water handling in rough weather was outstanding!

    Matthew
  5. AffrayedKnot

    AffrayedKnot Senior Member

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    Can anyone provide the - Bridge Clearance - (height; waterline to domes) on an Aicon 85 Fly ??

    Many Thanks
  6. YachtForums

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    It's interesting to see how one's opinion and perception changes over time. In re-reading the post I made over 6 years ago, I don't agree with myself anymore. Since making that post, I've been up-close and personal with a few Aicon's and they aren't aging very well. Like a sun-worshipping woman, the elements over time haven't been kind. In this case, like some other Italian brands, the moldwork develops ripples like Ruffle's.

    Also, the gelcoat on these boats appears to be breaking down at a faster rate than normal. I've swiped my hand across a couple of these chalkboards and came away with white gloves. Obviously maintenance plays a role on the latter, so it's hard to say.
  7. Deckies Feet

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    Completely agree with you Carl, we have examples of all of the models in my region and are aging pretty badly. Great design and layouts but finish and quality not lasting. Real shame as I was a big fan of the 56 and the brand in general.

    Can’t comment on the 85, we have a fully customized one here and believe many of them had significant inputs from the owners that could alter the heights i.e. custom hard tops and sat dome/nav gear layout.
  8. Pascal

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    There is new or newish 80 footer here in the grove. It has the worst glasswork I have ever seen... It is all ripples, not just the hull, but also the house and also the FB sides.

    Needs a good fairing job and paint! Can't imagine anyone buying such a boat.

    And of course, no rub rail! There is a SS strip for style but recessed under the handrail (for look only) and there is a vertical line near the bow making it look like the bow had been glued on the rest of the hull. Weird effect!