Azizam (formerly Sun Tenareze and before that Rose of Jericho) was the first custom catamaran built by French superyacht yard JFA Yachts in 2004, and their first project with naval architects Joubert-Nivelt. The interiors were designed by Pierre-Jacques Kubis.
Photos by Nicolas Claris.
JFA are now pretty active in the multihull superyacht world with theirs Long Island 85s, for example.
Design Classic, Carbon Baby
Azizam is more of a classic design – she looks like a highly finished 85 foot Lagoon 67S (one of those early performance Lagoon Catamarans from JTA days) with those twin aft helms: a super elegant catamaran with inclined bows and a smooth hull profile aft. Instead of having exposed steps (sugar scoops), she sports twin swimming platforms that swing closed while under way – she looks very sporty for such a large catamaran.
The hull and superstructure are built in nomex carbon, cooked at 100°. To keep the weight down, and for easy maintenance, the only teak on the boat is in the cockpit, and she has a carbon mast and a 10.3m carbon boom.
With roller furling and Kevlar side stays she´s a fast and luxurious sailing yacht. Lightship, she weighs 45 tonnes and carries 332 m2 of sail. She has had major refits in major in 2012, 2016 and 2018.
All of the lines run back to the aft helms and she has a big traveler on the aft beam to trim that powerful mainsail. Azizam has been built for short crew handling.
Huge Living Space
With a Down Galley and the cockpit and salon on one level, there is plenty of living space on this supercat. Her twin aft helms open up the space to its maximum.
In the saloon, there´s room for a lounge with wrap around sofa flanked by bookshelves, a dining /TV area and a central Command Centre/Nav Station forward flanked by a bar with stools for 3 (I like that bit).
When you spill outside into the aft cockpit, you have the choice of sofas to port and starboard with tables and a comfortable looking bench running along the closed aft beam- she looks very secure out here.
The luxurious finish continues down below in the hulls. The Owners Suite is to port with a guest cabin forward with its own head and shower. In the starboard hull is the Captain´s cabin aft and the galley with a guest cabin that is identical to the port side. She can accommodate eight guests in total
Azizam powers ahead with twin 150HP Yanmars when the wind dies and hits a maximum speed of almost 12 knots at 3500 revs RPM. Ease off to 1800 RPM and she will slice through the water at 9 knots.
A Big Range to get through the Doldrums
At 7 knots her range is 2000 miles with 2 aluminium tanks of 1000 litres and 2 flexible tanks of 550 litres.
The interior is classic and sumptuous. Forget your minimalist Scandinavian styling here, as she is all deep, rich Moabi wood (African pearwood) with the walls are panelled in white lacquer.
Azizam was designed by her first owner as a boat that could be sailed with friends as a reduced crew and has completed a circumnavigation.
Video of Azizam
Heading from Marseille to Tenerife.