Minimal is in vogue these days and the smallest Atlantis yet is an attempt to deliver a smaller, cheaper boat that doesn't skimp on Azimut quality.
Azimut umbrella of companies, which includes multi-million-pound superyacht builders Benetti at the other extreme, this 34-footer is the smallest Atlantis yet, slotting
in beneath the Atlantis 38, 44, 48 and 58.
First impressions are good – the lines and proportions are spot on. Following the sharp family profile, the 34 looks every inch a full-fat Atlantis. Look closely and you can spot areas where costs have been shaved, such as the thick black rubbing band used in place of the polished stainless steel on the Azimut range.
But far from jarring with the aesthetic, the black line complements the pared-back, minimalist vibe of the boat. Viewed from side on, the hull accounts for about 60% of the height, the sleek deck mouldings and hardtop giving the sporty profile a hardtop needs.
The 34 is only available in hardtop guise, so it’s particularly important that it integrates well with the design. With simple spars sweeping back almost to the transom and black C pillars, it is a triumph of design and absolutely avoids the stunted bulbous look that afflicts some hardtops of this size.
Rightly, Atlantis has opted for a simple but effective full-length vinyl roof section which opens up the cockpit as much as possible. The cockpit is as straight-forward as the exterior, with a flat floor and a large settee which snakes across the transom and up the port side, where it opens out into a large aft- facing chaise longue alongside the double helm seat. On the starboard side a wet-bar houses a griddle, sink and fridge.
With the new Atlantis 34, Azimut has risen to the task with tremendous success, creating a boat that feels every inch the quality product yet at a price tag that's bound to send a few shivers through the competition.