April 15, 2017
Based in Turin, Italy, Azimut is the largest yacht builder in Europe. The company began distributing boats in the U.S. in the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until the mid 1990s that Azimut models became a significant presence in the American market. With a series of motoryacht and flybridge designs up to 100 feet in length, the Azimut brand soon became identified with sleek styling and meticulous craftsmanship. Today, Azimut is a force in the U.S. luxury market with a range of innovative yachts ranging in size from 42' to 100'.
The Azimut models profiled below represent ten of the company’s popular models over the years. Taken together, these are the boats that made the Azimut brand what it is today with the American yachting community.
Azimut 68 Plus
At a Glance: Iconic Italian styling, impeccible finish and great performance — it doesn't get much better than this in a full-size motoryacht. The Azimut's palatial salon features a C-shaped sofa to port and smaller settee opposite. Forward of the salon are the dinette and galley. A sliding cherry door allows the galley to be separated from the dining area. Offered with 2 or 3 staterooms, the amidships master suite features a king bed, leather settee, vertical hull windows, and en-suite bath with tub. The VIP stateroom at the bow has a queen berth, and the guest stateroom(s) have single berths. The aft deck includes a curved settee with table and a stairway to the flybridge. The engine room and crew quarters are small, and the lower helm suffers from poor visibility. MTU 1360hp diesels cruise at 26–28 knots (30+ top).
Price Range: From the mid $500s to mid/high $800s.
Azimut 62 Evolution
At a Glance: Azimut’s most popular model — over 300 were reported sold worldwide. A fully integrated salon/dinette/helm area with posh furnishings and high-gloss cherry joinery dominates the Evolution’s three-stateroom interior. The galley and dinette are forward, two steps up from the salon. Three large hull windows on the port and starboard side provide lots of natural lighting in the full-beam master suite. The master and forward VIP staterooms have queen berths, and the guest stateroom has side-by-side berths. All three heads contain a shower enclosure. Crew quarters are astern. A transom gate to starboard on the aft deck opens to the swim platform, and a hatch in the teak sole leads to the crew quarters and engine room. The flybridge has a barbecue, wet bar, sun pad, and settee. Cat 1015hp C18 diesels cruise in the mid 20s (30+ knots top).
Price Range: From about $500K to $800K-plus .
At a Glance: Named "Boat of the Year" in 2011 by U.K. magazine Motor Boating & Yachting. Called the 53 Flybridge in 2010–12; 54 Flybridge since 2013. Stepping inside, the expansive salon is flooded with natural lighting through large cabin windows. A U-shaped sofa is to port, and a long cabinet to starboard houses a retractable flat-screen TVs. The galley and dinette are forward, two steps up from the salon level. A clever seatback system slides between the dinette and helm to create a two-person driver’s seat. The full-service galley has a security handrail and beech chopping block. Below, the master suite with rectangular hull windows, vanity, and two wardrobes is amidships. The VIP cabin is forward, and the guest cabin has twin beds. The hydraulic swim platform can lift a jet ski. Crew quarters are aft. Volvo 725hp V-drive diesels cruise at 27-28 knots. (30+ top).
Price Range: From $800K to about $1.75 million.
Azimut 53/54 Flybridge
At a Glance: One of Azimut’s most distinctive yachts — the fin-shaped windows were a major styling departure from past Azimut designs. Stepping in, the open-plan salon of the Azimut 55 features a C-shaped leather sofa to port and entertainment center to starboard. The galley and dining area are forward, two steps up from the salon. Below, there are three staterooms and two full heads including a full-beam amidships master, VIP queen forward, and guest cabin with side-by-side berths. Lacquered cherry wood cabinets and trim are used throughout the interior. Note the power side windows at the lower helm. Crew quarters with a single berth and toilet are aft, accessed from a hatch in the aft deck sole. The Azimut 55’s flybridge has a large sun pad to starboard, opposite the helm. An entertainment center holds a barbecue grill, ice maker and sink. Cat 715hp C12 V-drive diesels cruise at 26 knots (30+ top).
Price Range: From about $500K to mid/high $600s.
Azimut 55 Evolution
At a Glance: Elegant three stateroom cruising yacht from Europe’s largest builder — a good-selling model for Azimut. The galley-down layout—unusual in a modern Azimut interior—results in a very expansive salon. A curved leather sofa is to starboard and wet bar (with bottle and glass storage) is to port, and a plush C-shaped settee with cocktail table is forward. The Azimut’s recessed galley is two steps down in the aft port corner of the salon. There are three staterooms and three full heads on the lower level. The master and forward VIP staterooms have queen berths, and the guest cabin has side-by-side berths. Crew quarters are aft. An appealing feature of this yacht is her large aft deck with its teak sole and twin entryways to the extended swim platform. MTU 765hp diesels cruise at 26–28 knots (low 30s top).
Price Range: From the hifg $200s to $600K-plus.
Azimut 58 Flybridge
At a Glance: A state-of-the-art yacht when she was introduced in 1996 — the aft engine room is rare in a yacht this size. The Sea Jet’s spacious and flowing interior is a blend of soft curves, high gloss cherry joinery and facing C-shaped leather sofas. The galley—forward of the salon—features a dishwasher, marble counters, and entrance door to the starboard deck. In the salon’s aft corner is a curved stairway leading to the master suite with king berth, built-in vanities, and ensuite bath. The VIP stateroom has a queen berth, and both guest staterooms have side-by-side berths. Note the laundry center aft of the VIP cabin. Crew quarters are at the bow, accessed from the foredeck. The lower helm has a deck access door. The transom garage houses a PWC. MTU 1150hp V-drive diesels cruise at 24–25 knots. A popular model, about 40 were built.
Price Range: From the mid $500s to the high $600s.
Azimut 70 Sea Jet
At a Glance: Azimut's top-selling model for many years — over 350 were built. Excellent finish and attention to detail. Entering through a sliding glass door, a cherry entertainment cabinet is to port in the salon and a circular settee set around a cherry dining table is opposite. The lower helm is forward of the settee, two steps up from the salon. Galley is down several steps to port. Headroom is excellent, and large windows bathe the salon in natural lighting. In the two-stateroom interior there are queen berths in both staterooms. In the three-stateroom layout the port stateroom has over/under berths and the starboard stateroom—under the driver’s seat—has side-by-side berths. Both floorplans feature two full heads, and in both the master stateroom includes a walk-in closet and opening windows. Cat 435hp diesels cruise the Azimut 46 in the low 20s (26–28 knots top).
Price Range: From the low $200s to over $400K.
Azimut 46 Flybridge
At a Glance: A striking yacht with tremendous eye appeal — easily the best looking boat in her class. Offered with two or three staterooms, a triple-panel sliding glass door provides entry to the expansive salon. The U-shaped settee immediately to starboard converts to a double berth at the push of a button. A facing settee is to port and the lower helm is forward, two steps up from the salon. Opposite the helm and a few steps down is the Azimut 50’s beautifully appointed galley. The galley size depends on the layout—it’s spacious in the two-stateroom configuration, small when the third stateroom is added. A washer/dryer combo is in the crew quarters aft. The entire interior is done in high-gloss cherry woodwork and trim. A staircase in the cockpit leads to the flybridge with electric grill, wet bar, and lounge seating aft. Cat 715hp diesels cruise at 26–28 knots (30+ top).
Price Range: From about $400K to the low/mid $500s.
Azimut 50 Flybridge
At a Glance: Italian styling at its best — Azimut sold of lot of these boats in the U.S. Entering from the covered cockpit, the interior—a blend of high-gloss cherry cabinets, cream-colored leather upholstery, and deep pile carpeting—is bright and open thanks to the vast amount of window space. A C-shaped settee and adjustable table are to starboard, across from a smaller settee and entertainment cabinet. Forward and two steps up is the lower helm. The galley is to port, down a few steps where it’s out of view. The master stateroom features an island queen berth and the guest stateroom has side-by-side berths. Both heads have circular stall showers. The engine room is a tight fit. The 42’s large flybridge rivals anything in her class for comfort and amenities. Molded flybridge steps, twin transom doors, teak cockpit sole, and teak swim platform are standard. Cat 385hp 3126 diesels cruise at 26–28 knots (low 30s top).
Price Range: From the high $100s to $300–325K.
Azimut 42 Flybridge
At a Glance: The first Azimut model to have pod drives — better speed, improved economy, and smaller engine room. One of the best-selling yachts in her class. Entering thru a stainless-and-glass door, the interior accommodations aboard the 43S are both lavish and tasteful. Tiered windows and a retractable sunroof bathe the salon in natural lighting, and cherry cabinets and rich fabrics are found throughout the interior. Both staterooms are roomy and comfortable (note the hullside windows in the guest cabin), and both heads have circular stall showers. Note the large opening port over the galley counter. The beautiful helm station is a work of art. Access to the engine room is through a hatch in the cockpit bench. A hydraulic swim platform, anchor chain washdown, foredeck sun pad, and teak cockpit sole are standard. Volvo 435hp IPS diesels with joystick controls cruise at 28–30 knots.
Price Range: From the high $200s to $600K-plus.
Azimut 43 S