AZIMUT 55: A FASCINATING CHALLENGE
Azimut 55 will make its world debut at the Düsseldorf Boat Show. It is a yacht that makes an important style statement and was born of a challenge: the desire to combine a silhouette defined by sleek lines, with a warm, cosy alcove inside, featuring soft, flowing shapes.
It was both a successful and a satisfying challenge for the shipbuilder and the two protagonists of this ambitious and exciting project. The first is Stefano Righini, who designed the exteriors and defined the concept, which stands out for lines that start out taut in the bow and then gradually soften towards the stern. The second is Achille Salvagni, the world-famous architect who is one of AD Collectors top 100 international designers and appears on the A-list drawn up by Elle Decor USA. On this yacht too, we find his famously original style language, borrowed from residential architecture.
THE OUTSIDE DECKS: ELEGANTLY SPACIOUS SEA VIEW LIVING AREAS
What immediately strikes the eye about the yachts exterior is the outline of the Flybridge, which extends even further towards the stern and is, in fact, unusually large, reaping the benefits of the extended rear section. This makes it possible, even on the 55-foot model, to include a second unexpected living area, sheltered from curious eyes, which can be furnished with two facing sofas.
The Main Deck, on the other hand, features a big sun lounging area in the bow. Designed to act as an oasis of comfort, it draws its inspiration from the idea of a cocoon, in which the oversize cushion set, defined by soft, circular shapes, creates a sense of all-embracing well-being. The adjustable backrest, split into three sections, is tall enough to use as both a sunlounger and a chaiselongue. The area of shade provided by a remarkably large and deep bimini top can also be extended further forward, for relaxation while totally sheltered from the suns glare.
THE HEART OF THE “PEARL”: WARM AND COSY INTERIORS
The interior design by Salvagni is permeated by a sophisticated sense of calm that reigns over all the latest generation Azimut yachts, which are furnished with care lavished on every precious detail and
finishing. The spaces are defined by flowing lines, both above and below deck, and by the total absence of sharp edges. Key to this project was careful research, resulting in the clever combination of five different materials: grey zebrawood and dark oak, glossy black lacquer, and bronze and steel inserts.
The galley is situated in the entrance area, which is the optimum layout for yachts this size, as well as being an extremely practical choice, because both the dining areas can be served from it. The entrance has in any case been designed as a lobby, thanks to the sophisticated shapes of the galley furniture and the combination of different materials. The elegant central area on the Main Deck, which is slightly raised above the entrance area, consists of a small lounge with a central low table and two facing sofas that have a magnificent sea view.
The Lower Deck features three double cabins. The VIP cabin in the bow has a double bed, of course, while the spacious full-beam owners cabin, which is flooded with light through two large rectangular windows, is located in the centre of the boat. Between the two is the third cabin, which is fitted with twin beds. The design philosophy that guided Salvagni on this yacht is based once again on the theme of calm and timeless elegance, which some critics have compared to Italian Renaissance art, but seen from an absolutely contemporary perspective: “the new Italian Renaissance”. A skilful contamination of wood varieties gives the spaces a uniquely contemporary feel.
The two bathrooms both have separate shower stalls. There is also a cabin for the captain, with access from the transom.
LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY FOR EXTREME CRUISING COMFORT
The yacht features latest generation technical solutions, identified by Azimuts Innovation Lab in the framework of the ECS - Enhanced Cruising Solutions programme, to offer the best possible boat management: from Active Trim Control, which adjusts the trim continuously during navigation, reducing friction and optimising consumption, to Electronic Power Steering, which allows the owner to customise the sensitivity of the control functions, regulating wheel turns and steering effort according to speed and piloting style. This solution also reduces maintenance requirements and increases safety onboard.
The two 800 hp MAN engines have shaft-line transmissions, powering Azimut 55 to a top speed of 31* knots.
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