July 9, 2022

Yacht Fire in Papagayo Costa Rica

A motor yacht of about 22 meters in length caught fire while at anchor in Playa Panama, Guanacaste, Costa Rica on the afternoon of ninth July.  The fire was reported as starting in the engine room with the yacht fully flame engulfed in about five minutes.  The yacht was fully destroyed by the fire and later on sank.  The guests on the yacht are reported to having sustained no injuries and being safe.
The yacht in this fire is an Astondoa 72 GLX produced from 1998 to 2007.  Designed by Nuvolari Lenard the Astondoa 72 GLX was a popular yacht for the Spanish builder, due to its nice design and spacious four cabins lower deck and open galley layout.  Astondoa 72 GLX are powered by twin Man 1200hp with later units featuring the larger 1360hp engines.  About forty plus first generation 72 GLX where made, replaced by the Christian Gatto designed 76 GLX in 2008, with a second generation 72 GLX released in 2014.

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