The Azimut 80: Continuing The Vision
An exciting approach to both interior and exterior design results in yet another leap forward for this highly respected builder.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
No matter how you look at it, Paolo Vitelli is a visionary. In 1969, the then young university student had an idea to charter sailboats and, to begin his ascendency in the world of yachting, founded Azimut Sri.
A year later, several prestigious boat builders, quickly recognizing his potential, approached Vitelli with an offer to distribute their boats in Italy. With the new business coming in, Azimut began to expand and was soon designing its own yachts, introducing the AZ 43. By 1977, the line included a 32-foot Targa model and, in 1985, the 105-foot Failaka. The big news, of course, occurred in 1987 when Azimut acquired Benetti, the highly esteemed Viareggio-based builder whose credentials reach back to 1873.
Adding to its impressive line up, Azimut’s 80-foot flybridge has all the qualities of the imaginative Vitelli and his equally talented crews of designers, engineers, and craftspeople that have always been built into every yacht…and then some.
While never compromising on its heritage of designing and producing well-built yachts, Azimut has, with its 80, looked to yet another way to take its use of interior living space to a new level. A minimalistic outlook is the key and to that end, this build utilizes the available layout, furnishing design, and even the latest advances in lighting to create the kind of personal statement any owner would be most proud of. And that includes the living accommodations as well. Here, Azimut designers fill the spaces with the kind of lines, forms, and concepts that results in an elegant and sophisticated end product.
Azimut 80 – Technical characteristics (Data refers to UNI ISO 8666 conditions)
|Length overall (incl. pulpit)||25.2 m (82′ 8”)|
|Hull length (incl. platform)||23.71 m (77′ 9”)|
|Beam at main section||5.96 m (19′ 7”)|
|Draft (incl. props at full load)||1.72 m (5′ 8”)|
|Displacement (at full load)||64 t|
|Engines||2 x 1550 mHP (1140 kW) MAN CR V12 (opt 2 x 1800 mHP (1324 kW) MAN CR V12)|
|Maximum speed (performance test mass)||28/31 kn|
|Cruising speed (performance test mass)||24/26 kn|
|Fuel capacity||6000 lt (1585 Us gls)|
|Water capacity||1100 lt (290 Us gls)|
|Cabins||4 + 2 crew|
|Berths||8 + 2 crew|
|Head compartments||5 + 1 crew (+1 opt crew)|
|Exterior styling & concept||Stefano Righini|
|Interior designer||Salvagni Architetti|
|Keel||V-shape with angle of deadrise 16,6° aft|
If you would like more information about the Azimut 80, or any of the other fine products in the Azimut-Benetti Group, please visit the company Website at http://www.azimutyachts.com