Azimut 50

Super fly bridge.

by Gary Reich
It’s no secret that Azimut virtually wrote the book on high-performance luxury flybridge motor yachts. Don’t believe me? Just look at the Italian boat builder’s lineup, which has 14 different flybridge models to choose from, ranging in length from 43 to 100 feet. Right around the middle of that lineup is the Azimut 50.

Specifications

  • LOA: 52'1"
  • Beam: 15'3"
  • Draft: 4'11"
  • Weight: 20.7 tons (dry)
  • Fuel Capacity: 581 gals.
  • Water Capacity:
  • Power: 670-hp
  • Price: $1,330,000

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As with any flybridge motor yacht — despite the extremely posh accommodations below — the focus on the Azimut 50 is enjoying the outside. There’s no better evidence of that than on the flybridge — which is amazingly spacious for a boat this size ­— having a large, U-shaped lounge with teak dining table, sunpad, and an expansive aft area large enough for dinghy stowage.  Move up to the foredeck and you’ll find what Azimut calls a “bow lounge.” It’s essentially two large sunpads divided by a beautiful piece of teak decking, and it’s large enough for four or five sun worshippers to lay back and soak up the rays.

The outdoor entertaining and relaxation theme continues back aft, with a large, teak-decked cockpit that features an expansive U-shaped lounge.

Below is a contemporary and luxurious interior. The main salon leads forward to a set of steps that bring you down to the galley and a landing that accesses the master stateroom (set under the main salon) and the guest stateroom (set into the bow). The master stateroom has its own shower and head, while the guest stateroom shares its shower and head access with the rest of the boat at the galley landing.

Standard power is a pair of Volvo D11 turbo diesels, rated at 670 horsepower each. Spun up to wide-open throttle, that 1,340 horsepower translates to a top-end of around 32 knots and a comfortable cruising speed in the area of 26 knots.

Josh Northrop, with MarineMax of Port Clinton, Ohio, explains, “We have found with Azimut’s efficient hull design and advanced lightweight materials we achieve performance and fuel economy comparable to pod systems. With the Xenta joystick system, the boat is just as maneuverable around the dock.”

At $1,330,000, the Azimut 50 isn’t cheap, but it also doesn’t pretend to be anything other than the highest performance, most luxurious 50-foot flybridge motor yacht you can buy.  

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