Another first is found on the flybridge. Dubbed the Bridge Viewdeck by Outer Reef, it’s the ideal perch for two and as it’s down a step, it doesn’t impede the captain’s sightlines. In total, there’s seating for a dozen guests on the flybridge, its large overhang doubling as a sundeck or dinghy storage—a 2,650-pound-capacity Steelhead davit can place a 13-foot RIB athwartships or a 16-footer parallel. A barbecue and wet bar completed the space.
The 640 Azure hit the Outer Reef trifecta, a custom yacht with myriad well-crafted social spaces, comfortable and private belowdecks areas and a remarkable range. With 1,000 gallons of diesel on tap, she’ll see 1,000 nm at 10 knots. Back off the optional 500-hp John Deere 6090s to 8 knots (476-hp Cat C9.3s are standard) and she’ll run an estimated 1,687 nautical miles—from Gibraltar to the Greek Isles—between fill-ups.
She’s also equipped to handle all the Med can throw your way, with a pair of standard Seabobs for exploring azure anchorages to Trac ABT fin stabilizers to keep things steady in rough conditions. Custom touches like the Garmin MFD next to the king-size berth in the master stateroom spoke to me—I’d use it to overlay a weather routing app 24/7 or just to keep an eye on things while resting belowdecks.
“[It’s] the perfect boat for Europe,” Druek said as he took a place at the starboard countertop with the twinkling lights of the French Riviera at his back. He also mentioned that given the hype they’ve seen at the Cannes show, the Azure layout is now available on all Outer Reef raised pilothouse models up to 88 feet. —Jeff Moser