THE NEXT LEVEL

THE AZIMUT 55 IS A FLYBRIDGE YACHT WITH A NEW PLANING HULL DE­SIGN AND AN UBER-CHIC IN­TE­RIOR

Yachting - - FRONT PAGE - By Pa­trick Sci­acca

gaz­ing out the port­side win­dow of the Azimut 55’s full-beam mas­ter state­room. As I stared at a turquoise sea off Savona, Italy, it was easy to un­der­stand why the builder had in­cluded the rec­tan­gu­lar-shaped glass. ¶ Rain fell in earnest from an omi­nous sky, with an army of droplets land­ing on the yacht, but the gray-car­peted state­room made the space feel cozy. Gray ze­bra­wood ve­neers con­trasted with dark oak, brass and steel ac­cents, and fab­ric-cov­ered walls, cre­at­ing a con­tem­po­rary am­bi­ence. Soft white LEDs in­stilled a warm feel­ing. The only thing miss­ing was a cap­puc­cino and a good book. ¶ That I felt so re­laxed and happy on such a lousy weather day is a tes­ta­ment to Azimut’s skill in build­ing boats with smart liv­ing spa­ces. The Azimut 55 is the lat­est ex­am­ple of the builder’s abil­ity to use nu­anced de­sign de­ci­sions to great ef­fect. ¶ The 55’s mas­ter is out­fit­ted with a dou­ble berth off­set at a 45-de­gree an­gle, in­creas­ing the sense of vol­ume and floor space. There’s a four-drawer dresser un­der the port­side win­dow, but given the view and the fact that there are a cou­ple of hang­ing lock­ers and un­der­berth stowage, I would forgo the dresser for an op­tional set­tee here to take full ad­van­tage of the serene scene. The en suite head has a Tecma toi­let, a stall shower, and a sink with a rose­wood mar­ble coun­ter­top. ¶ Two more state­rooms in­clude a fore­peak VIP with a dou­ble berth, also kept bright with hull­side glass and an over­head hatch. The VIP has an en suite head that serves as the day-head via a com­pan­ion­way door. Abaft and to star­board of the VIP is the third state­room, with twin berths. Should an owner have a cap­tain, there’s an op­tional cabin with a sin­gle berth abaft the en­gine room. Owner-op­er­a­tors can use the crew space for stowage. ¶ The con­tem­po­rary feel of the be­lowdecks area car­ries into the sa­lon, which has a dark oak sole con­trast­ing dra­mat­i­cally with lighter-tone gray ze­bra­wood on the cab­i­netry. In­di­rect light­ing and brass strips ac­cent the cab­i­netry and soften the look. Again, I felt wel­comed on such a gray day. ¶ Her sa­lon is set up for so­cial gath­er­ings with a sofa for two di­rectly abaft the star­board-side helm sta­tion, which it­self has two seats. Across is C-shaped seat­ing with a fixed table, keep­ing

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