Azimut 50 Flybridge
The Azimut 50 is big, sleek and riding well in a stretched 52ft length but in reality, winning the space race came from the design resources within the world's largest boat company.
Designed by renowned architect Pierluigi Ausonio and styled by Stefano Righini, the 50 Flybridge boasts a well-proportioned and streamlined hull with Azimut's signature sweeping saloon windows and vertical stateroom glass. The glass offers wide views and magnifies the feeling of space.
The 50 sits in a range of classically styled flybridge cruisers to 88 feet and should stay impressive for years - you only have to have a look at a 15-year-old Azimut to see that.
Hull construction uses resin-infused lamination and I'm told the 50 has a high proportion of carbon fibre in the lay-up to keep weight down and extend the performance of the twin 650hp caterpillar engines.
A generous entertaining area at the bow and a 19sqm flybridge adds to the spacious cockpit and standard swim platform to offer three separate outdoor areas. Side decks, well protected by moulded high gunwales, give easy passage to the bow with an extra large sun pad and a forward-facing lounge extending nearly full beam. High rails should keep everyone safely aboard while space either side of the sun pad gives access to the anchoring system.
The downstairs galley leaves more relaxing space in the saloon above but is itself compromised on the size and bench space. However, light floods in from the raked front windscreen overhead, so compact design notwithstanding, it's bright and airy. Aappliances include a full-size Vitrifrigo fridge, Miele induction cooktop with fiddle rail, and Miele convection microwave. Furthermore we have a large stainless steel sink as well as an extractor fan and an opening port for ventilation.
The only power option for the 50 is a pair of 650hp Caterpillar diesel. V-drives allow the motors to be located further aft, both for balance and extra length in the stateroom. A 13.5kW generator powers air conditioners when anchored and complements a bank of house batteries and inverter.
The Azimut 50 Flybridge should win owners attracted to the boat's sporty looks and performance combined with four separate entertaining areas and overnight accommodation for a big family. It's a stylish entertainer with the seagoing ability to head further afield when asked.
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