Azimut’s intent with the 50 was to make the boat's interior feel bigger than her 52’1” (15.88 m) length, according to the company. The designers focused on using large windows wrapping completely around the salon to accomplish this. Below decks, Azimut’s signature vertical windows provide excellent water-level views from the master stateroom. Additionally, all three cabins have headroom exceeding 6’ (1.83 m) to enhance the extra-large feel.
measures more than 18 square metres. The bow has a six-person bench seat plus the sun pad, making the area exceptionally inviting. The salon includes a raised dinette so the views remain unobstructed during dinner. There is a comfortable hardtop with an open-able Bimini top.She’s powered by twin 670-hp Volvo Penta D11 diesels. Maximum speed is 37 mph (32 knots) and best cruise is around 31 mph (26 knots) according to the builder. We have not tested the boat.
Accessed from stairs to port in the aft cockpit, the Azimut 50’s flybridge offers lots of seating. Basically the entire forward starboard side of the upper deck is a lounge that wraps around a fixed table. A large sun pad welcomes guests to catch some rays forward. Aft, the area is open for possible tender storage or for passengers to stretch out on portable chaise lounges. Flybridge storage is provided in a locker forward of the upper helm and in the base of the starboard lounge.
The Upper Helm.
To port, the upper helm station has a single bucket seat and is laid out with twin electronic screens in a raised vertical panel that should deflect most of the onrushing wind. The station has a tilt wheel and is equipped with a VHF radio, engine-monitoring screens, an autopilot and controls for the trim tab, windlass and spotlight.
The Azimut 50’s bow looks like it belongs on a larger vessel. There's a six-person, couch-style lounge and long foredeck sun pad with a raised aft cushion so that passengers can lay out with their heads in an elevated position. There’s a passageway between the two and each area has two cup holders outboard on each side. All the way forward, there are foot controls for the anchor windlass. In-sole hatches on each side access the rode and ground tackle.
A U-shaped lounge provides seating in the aft cockpit. The flybridge extends out over this area to provide shade. Gated passageways on each side open to stairs that lead aft to the swim platform. Lockers outboard in the passageways contain the utility and shorepower connections as well as the freshwater intake.
A sliding, stainless-steel-framed glass door opens for entry to the salon. To starboard, there’s a C-shaped lounge across from a counter that includes a retractable flatscreen TV and the entertainment system. The large windows have privacy blinds and overhead lights to illuminate the area.
The Lower Helm.
Two steps lead up to the helm deck from the salon. To starboard is a doublewide seat that can actually be used by two people because the tilt steering wheel is positioned far enough to starboard. Twin electronics screens are side by side in a vertical panel that puts them in good sightlines. Electronic shift/throttle controls are just outboard of the steering wheel and the Volvo Penta joystick is outboard to starboard. To the left of the wheel, the buttons for the trim tabs, spotlight and autopilot are in easy reach. A sliding window to starboard provides ventilation.
Across from the helm to port, the dinette has a booth-style lounge around a fixed height table that can be folded to a smaller size for cocktails. Again, the large windows provide excellent views of the surroundings.
Stairs between the helm and dinette lead below decks. Directly at the foot is the Azimut 50’s galley. Because it’s positioned beneath the port windshield, the area gets plenty of natural light. It’s outfitted with a 7.8 cu. ft. (220-L) refrigerator/freezer, a microwave oven, four-burner ceramic cooktop with a fiddle rail and a stainless-steel sink.
Across from the galley, the starboard guest cabin has two fixed bunk berths, a full hanging locker and electrical outlets so that passengers can charge their phones or laptops.
Abaft of the galley and guest cabin, the full beam master stateroom is situated amidships so the owners will be less affected by vessel movement when they are asleep. The island berth is a queen. On the port side of the stateroom there’s a vanity with a hanging locker forward. The cabin is pre-wired for cable television and it also has 220-volt outlets.
The master head forward to starboard is entered from the passageway into the stateroom. This makes it a little more private than it would be otherwise. The toilet is a Tecma and the sink is the freestanding basin-style, which is one of the most attractive and functional that we have seen in class. There is a separate shower compartment with an extraction fan in the overhead. A medicine-cabinet-style locker has a mirrored hatch and a small vanity mirror, plus 220-volt outlets.
Located in the bow, the VIP cabin has a double-berth with storage in the base. There are hanging lockers aft in each corner and electrical outlets. An overhead deck hatch and opening porthole provide fresh air while long horizontal windows supply natural light.
The VIP cabin has direct access to the second head on the Azimut 50 while those sleeping in the guest stateroom enter via the passageway. This head also has a separate shower stall with an extraction fan, basin-style sink and a Tecma head.
Power and Propulsion.
Azimut powers the 50 with twin 660-hp Volvo Penta D11 diesel inboards. We haven’t tested the boat, but the manufacturer estimates top speed at approximately 37 mph (32 knots) and cruise at 30 mph (26 knots). She weighs in at 54,785 lbs. (24.85 tons) fully-loaded.
Mechanical and Fuel Systems.
Each engine has two sea strainers and there’s also one for the generator. There are fuel-water separators for all three. The engine compartment has automatic Seafire FM-200 fire extinguishers. All underwater fittings have seacocks. To prevent corrosion, there is full cathodic bonding to the sacrificial anodes.
The electrical system includes a 15.5-kW generator with underwater exhaust and a sound box. There are six service batteries and four starting batteries for the engines plus one for the generator, with chargers for the 12-volt and 24-volt circuits. There is a single 50-Amp shorepower cord at the stern.
The base price is $1,330,000 (CIF Miami - duties paid).
Lots of large windows both in the salon and below decks gives the interior of the Azimut 50 the feel of a larger luxury yacht without the penalty in initial price or in operational or dockage costs.Owners and guests should find more than enough seating capacity on the flybridge and on the six-person couch-style lounge in the bow.The galley down design increases usable socializing space in the salon, and the unique "atrium" effect overhead in the cooking area gives a nice feel even to this enclosed zone.
Standard and Optional Features
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