Azimut 50 draws influence from the 80 and replaces the 48

The new Azimut 50 will replace the 48 when it is launched next month.

With Azimut’s 80 flying out of the factory

as fast as it could build them, the designers were tasked with scaling down

what’s good about this model and applying it to a 50-footer.

Hints of the larger boat

can be seen throughout Stefano Righini’s design, like the one-piece mirrored

saloon windows and the signature fin, which now features in the flybridge

struts too.

The spacious bow area with walk-through seating comes down from the

80, too, as do the three vertical hull windows either side of the owner’s cabin

amidships.

The flybridge has been a big focus for the

design team as well and they have managed to pack quite a lot on to it. There’s

all sorts of different loafing and seating arrangements plus a wet-bar and

hardtop with sliding sunroof.

Aft, the space that is so often left empty for

water toys or sunbathing space has usefully been filled with proper seating so

you can sit and enjoy the views and the weather away from the protection of the

hardtop.

Below decks the design is as clean and contemporary as you would expect from a

modern Azimut and that flair the yard are so well known for is there in

abundance through tasteful use of dark woods and trim with cream fabrics.

Azimut has resisted the

trend for an aft galley and gone with the more traditional galley-down

arrangement, leaving plenty of space in the saloon for a raised dinette forward

and a low-slung lounging area aft.

This is easily one of the most competitive sections of the market for

production builders and the fact that Azimut has tooled an entirely new hull as

opposed to using that of the outgoing 48 speaks volumes. It will have to be

good, though, to challenge the likes of the Princess 52 and Ferretti 530.

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