New Boats

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - az­imuty­ —Jeanne Craig

Princess de­buts a ca­sual-chic sport yacht, and Az­imut launches a new flag­ship for its At­lantis se­ries.

When Az­imut be­gan con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing a new flag­ship for its At­lantis line of sport yachts, the work didn’t be­gin, as one might ex­pect, in the en­gine room. “We started with ac­com­mo­da­tions” says Fed­erico Lan­tero, brand man­ager for the se­ries. Lan­tero and his team had dis­cov­ered that a num­ber of At­lantis own­ers were par­ents and grand­par­ents of grow­ing fam­i­lies, and they wanted to dote on their off­spring by of­fer­ing them com­fort­able cab­ins in which to spend the night. There were mul­ti­ple re­quests for a mid­sized sport cruiser to sleep six, so the builder tapped the Mi­lan-based firm Neo De­sign to max­i­mize the amount of us­able space be­lowdecks in a brand-new hull.

It’s not easy to find a sport yacht—one with a true open lay­out abovedecks—in this size range with a trio of high-style cab­ins, each de­signed with plenty of nau­ti­cal feng shui. “Nor­mally, you have to com­pro­mise some­thing be­low,” says Lan­tero. But not on this At­lantis. He’s also quick to note that the ac­com­mo­da­tions were cre­ated with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the thrill of the ride. Even with the ex­tra state­room, “we were able to pre­serve the per­for­mance DNA of the At­lantis se­ries.” With a pair of 600-hp Volvo Penta IPS800s, the digital tachs should kiss 35 knots at wide-open throt­tle.

When piec­ing to­gether the be­lowdecks lay­out, the de­sign team be­gan at the for­ward end of the boat, where the mas­ter state­room with en suite head is lo­cated. “We spent a lot of time think­ing about and mea­sur­ing out the dis­tances be­tween fur­nish­ings so we could make the best use of space,” says Lan­tero. A VIP cabin is amid­ships; across from it is the third state­room.

Sep­a­rat­ing the mas­ter from the guest cab­ins is a so­cial area with a gal­ley to port and dinette to star­board. It’s one of a few pleas­ant sur­prises on the 51. A gal­ley we would hope to see, but the lounge with ta­ble that folds out for meals? Not so much. An­other boat in this size range might of­fer the owner a choice be­tween the dinette or the third cabin. On the 51, you get both. An­other sur­prise fea­ture is the lounge it­self. It was made by an Ital­ian ar­ti­san spe­cial­iz­ing in home fur­nish­ings. As a re­sult, the foam and fab­rics of the set­tee are tough enough for life at sea, yet as com­fort­able and civ­i­lized as the fur­nish­ings in a great room.

The liv­ing spa­ces be­low the wa­ter­line are a big part of the 51’s al­lure, but re­mem­ber, the At­lantis line was de­vel­oped for peo­ple who want to spend a lot of time on deck, sur­rounded by the sun, wind and wa­ter. For that set, the 51 doesn’t dis­ap­point. In fact, one of the nicest spa­ces on board is un­der the coupe-style hard­top, where a very chic en­ter­tain­ing area func­tions like an out­door salon. We like the square-shape ar­range­ment of set­tees. At­lantis de­sign­ers rec­og­nize that when fam­i­lies cruise to­gether, they want to re­lax in spa­ces where they can all see and hear one an­other.

The 51 also has a sunbed at the stern, a swim plat­form and ten­der garage. Those are the pre­dictable ameni­ties. Not an­tic­i­pated are fea­tures like the com­pos­ite deck­ing by Es­thec. It’s a light­weight, low-main­te­nance re­place­ment for teak, but it looks like fine wood and has proven non­slip char­ac­ter­is­tics. “We’re al­ways keen to in­tro­duce the lat­est tech­nolo­gies,” says Lan­tero. “New ma­te­ri­als are some of the things we use to cre­ate a yacht with el­e­ments of the un­ex­pected.”

LOA: 53'1" Beam: 14'11" Displ.: 44,000 lbs. Draft: 4'3" Fuel: 380 gal. Wa­ter: 118 gal. Power: 2/600-hp Volvo Penta IPS800 Top Speed: 35 knots Price: Upon re­quest

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