With this new Azimut 80, the classic look of an Azimut is ever present, however, some new looks are now added through the design inspiration of Naval Architect Stefano Righini, himself a fixture in the Azimut design team since 1990. She has a much more modern look thanks to the combination of her lower bulwark that provides better sightlines to the horizon from seated positions. This can add a strong comfort level to those who may not be used to being on the water.
The salon and dining areas have a flood of natural light, in addition to the good views. Forward, the galley remains enclosed and serves as a partition to the lower helm and portside settee, keeping both of these forward crew areas separated from the guest areas. The Azimut 80 is intended to be operated with full time crews. With no less than four interior décor finishes, Azimut hopes to avoid the expensive slope of semi-customization. That said, there is no doubt that she is sure to please not only a wide range of customers, but clients that are meticulous in their demand for quality. The main differences between the four versions are largely in the color schemes and furniture layouts.
One cannot look at an Azimut and maintain a casual impression. All of their models seem to generate a feeling of looking at a work of art with their graceful lines and soft curves. With the Azimut 80, her metallic blue provides an offset to the white of the topsides and soft tint of the windows creating an impressive look that, combined with her 82’8” (25.2 m) LOA and nearly 22’ (6.71 m) bridge clearance, creates an impressive sight indeed. Fully forward, the eye is drawn not only to the lounge areas, but to the squared off bow that benefits both the forward working areas and the VIP cabin dimensions as well.
Cockpit and Platform
The Azimut 80 is boarded from the huge swim platform, measuring almost 96 sq. ft. (9 sq. m). A hydraulic option allows it to be used as a launching point for a tender or water toys with its 1-ton capacity and ability to submerge nearly 5’ (1.5 m), and of course can easily serve as a private beach. Access to the cockpit is via stairs to both port and starboard.
The teak-covered aft deck cockpit is the first of the many social areas one sees upon boarding the Azimut 80. As expected, this area is fully dedicated to its benefit as a gathering space. A large sofa lies abaft a table that can seat eight people for open air dining. A three-panel door connects the cockpit to the salon and opens a full 6’ (1.83 m).
The flying bridge is accessed
from the aft cockpit and offers 450 sq. ft. (42 sq. m) of space, mostly dedicated to entertaining. The aft deck offers plenty of room for separate gathering at a cocktail party or for scattering deck chairs throughout. Others may opt for a tender and crane, or a built-in sofa, all easily accommodated in the open space. Just ahead is a sizable, and optional, Jacuzzi that seems to do nothing to impinge on the openness of the area. A sun pad lies alongside.
Under the optional hardtop
, with its retractable mid section, we find a U-shaped settee providing dining for up to ten guests. Directly across is a fully stocked, and glass-topped wet bar with integrated barbecue, sink and refrigeration, plus a retractable 42” (106.68 cm) flat screen TV. Another settee lies adjacent to the starboard mounted helm, and surrounds a teak table that, when collapsed, allows for conversion to a sun pad.
Clearly, this versatile flying bridge lends the Azimut 80 for accommodating several small groups to enjoy differing activities simultaneously. A factor that further endears the yacht to the charter community is the de rigueur hot tub.
Forward, the entertaining can continue with a U-shaped lounge just abaft a massive sun pad. Both can enjoy the benefit of offering commanding forward views while under the protection of a collapsible awning.
Salon and Dining Areas
Longtime Azimut interior design partner Achille Salvagni enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation in developing projects for exclusive residences and superyachts. Without a doubt, the essence of his work is understated elegance and balance. This passion for luxuriously authentic materials combined with the extreme care in every detail give his interiors and collections of furniture a sophisticated look.
Guilty as Charged
We’ve perhaps been guilty of over-using the phrase “seamlessly blending the outdoors with the indoors” but it’s a simple statement that clearly, and undeniably, applies to the Azimut 80. There’s just so much glass and unmatched panoramic views that, while the environment may be well controlled, there’s an undeniable visual connection to the outside world. In addition to the spectacular views, the nearly 7’ (2.13 m) of ceiling height makes the 80 feel more like she’s in the same class as yachts twice her size.
Just ahead of the salon proper, the dining area offers views from massive deck to overhead windows measuring an astounding 34 sq. ft. (3.16 sq. m) each, unencumbered by the shark fin protrusions matching the rake of the radar arch (or optional hardtop supports) that define the brand. Outside these windows, the bulwarks dip providing a clear view to the water. While Azimut didn’t include drop down balconies to these recesses, the effect is still present without them.
Lacquered arches cleverly add to the open space while still serving to signal the separate individual areas. Taken in with the massive windows, this really is a space that belies the confines of its perimeters.
We’re glad to see that one of the often-overlooked features of any yacht worth her salt was not overlooked here. We’re speaking, of course, of the day head. On the Azimut 80 it’s just adjacent to the dining area, right alongside the galley. It not only offers privacy, but easy access from the exterior via the side door. In this manner, it’s not necessary to traipse through the salon, then the dining area, in wet bathing suits and feet, just to answer a call to nature.
The galley can be fully enclosed, thereby separating the hired hands from the guests, or it can be opened up to the dining area with a panel that slides open for easier transfer of plates and food. This second version will surely be more popular with owner/operators and their guests that will naturally consist of close friends and/or family. The downside to this latter option is a significant decrease in useable cabinet space.
Regardless of the layout, the galley is a combination of beauty and functionality with lacquered surfaces and full-sized Miele appliances. Ventilation is provided from exhaust fans and a large opening watertight door to the starboard side deck.
Ahead of the galley is the lower helm station. Twin electrically adjustable helm seats allow crews to work as a team when navigating the vessel. Electronics are mounted to a pod style panel, and Raymarine G Series electronics are provided as an option. A Naviop touchscreen keeps tabs on the ships vital statistics such as electrical loads and tank status.
To starboard is the now requisite gathering area that can easily serve as a breakfast nook and defines the space as a social area.
are accessed via a companionway adjacent to the lower helm. This leads to the three guest staterooms and the aft master stateroom. All staterooms are ensuite and thick doors with insulated bulkheads provide some measure of privacy from conversations within. As with the main deck, the lower level features materials that combine both a refined look with contemporary flair. All heads are adorned with marble decks, and gray bleached oak counters the dark woods with exquisite detailing.
The starboard stateroom
features two single berths with a third “Pullman” style offered as an option. The head includes a separate, walk-in shower. To port, the stateroom features a double berth and private head. Either stateroom can be outfitted as desired.
The VIP stateroom
is forward and it lacks nothing in regard to space, thanks in part to the squared off bow. A pair of panoramic hull side windows provide natural light from either side of the centrally mounted queen berth. Storage along the hull, and over the windows, highlights the excellent use of space seen throughout the yacht. A vanity area is even included in the design.
At the aft end of the short accommodations corridor is the full beam master. Accessed through a double entry, the massive amounts of natural light continue here thanks to a set of five vertical windows to either side, two of which include opening portlights allowing fresh air to filter through the room. A large vanity is to starboard and a sitting area is to port.
A set of his and her heads flank a shared glass enclosed shower. Azimut offers the option of including a large bathtub off to the side, but we’d leave that option out, saving a soak for the flying bridge Jacuzzi. Marble decks and teak serve as a perfect accompaniment to the décor of the main deck.
The head also serves as a buffer between the sleeping space and the machinery space, ensuring a quiet night against the noise of the mains while underway, or even the generators while at anchor.
Crew and Machinery Spaces
Rather than take up valuable space with a tender garage, the crew space can be accessed from a hatch in the cockpit, but this particular entry would be better served as a required emergency egress, owing main access from the watertight door to the aft platform. The Azimut 80 will accommodate a crew of three, with a shared head. A second head is available at the cost of eliminating storage space.
The engine room
is entered from the crew space and all areas are easily accessed. A pair of 1550-hp MAN engines are standard and Azimut reports a top speed in excess of 27 kts and a cruise of 24.
We have not tested this boat
.Twin 1880-hp engines are offered as an option. Azimut reports that these engines will propel the yacht to 25 kts cruising speed at 2100 rpm, consuming 132-gph (500-lph) in the process. Top speed should be in the area of 30.7 kts, according to the builder.
Joystick maneuverability is provided from Xenta, which combines the main engines with a bow thruster. Stabilization is provided from an owner’s choice of fins or gyro stabilizers.
Overall, the highly polished engine room has plenty space for maintaining the components. Stacked 28 kW generators are to the rear, and with this much power the "zero speed" stabilizers will have plenty of energy right at hand.
Azimut Yachts has a long history of being able to be easily handled and certainly her joystick functionality make her a good candidate for being owner operated. However, her layout also likens her to being put to use in a charter fleet with good separation between crew and guests. Of course either way, there’s no denying that she’s an exciting combination of open space, functional areas, and world class décor that makes her a thrilling addition to the many offerings of the Azimut line. Little wonder that she received the award for “Most Functional Yacht from 24 to 50 Meters” at the Cannes boat show. She’s well-built and compliant with CE class-A, making her well suited to handle severe weather. Current pricing puts her roughly at $5.3m USD, depending on options.
Standard and Optional Features
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