Sunday, May 9

Azimut Launches 53 with “Floating Bridge.” Video

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Azimut just launched its new 53, a low-profile, 31-knot cruiser with a “floating flybridge” and a wide bow to make more room for a large social area on the foredeck and more interior volume in the VIP stateroom below.

The new Azimut has the line’s large raked windshield for a moving-even-when-standing-still look, and a large transparent black band around the flybridge. Alberto Mancini, the yacht’s designer, says the band “gives us a wraparound feature that looks like a floating flybridge.”

Both the foredeck and the bridge on the new Azimut are special. The foredeck has super-sized, plush walkaround sun pads on the foredeck, with an equally plush settee/sofa seating four or more nestled back just under the windshield. The entire area can be covered by a Bimini that’s supported by four carbon-fiber poles.

Up top, the flybridge is another large lounging area, with massive sun pads almost surrounding the helm station, with two seats, on the port side. Aft is a wraparound settee with a teak high-low table and an outdoor galley that includes a bar and a grill.

The cockpit features an L-shaped settee across the transom and the port side; a bar with a sink, icemaker and two bottle holders is forward. Access to the swim platform is on the starboard side. You can enter the small crew quarters from the swim platform; it has a head and shower.

A sliding glass door leads to the salon. The galley is aft, just inside the door on the port side, so that it can serve the cockpit area as well as the salon. The salon is filled with light from large side windows, in addition to the windshield. A large U-shaped settee with a teak table is on the port side, opposite a three-person settee to starboard. The helm station, forward to starboard, has two seats, as well as a joystick and all the controls for the boat’s Volvo Penta IPS pod drives.

Below, the master stateroom is amidships, with large side windows for natural light. It has lots of cabinets and storage areas and a walk-in closet, plus a generous head and shower. The VIP stateroom is forward, with a queen-sized bed and its own entrance to the second head and shower. The second guest cabin is on the starboard side with two single beds and access to the head.

Power comes from twin 725-hp Volvo IPS950s, producing a top speed of 31 knots, and a cruising speed of 27 knots. The new Azimut comes with a Seakeeper 9 gyro stabilizer.

Specs.: LOA: 55’1”; Beam: 15’11”; Draft: NA; Disp.; 60,000 lbs.; Fuel: 634 gals.; Water: 156 gals.; Power: 2×725-hp Volvo Penta IPS950 pod drives. Read more here and see video below:


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