Azimut 50 Fly

Pure Italian elegance.

by Chris Caswell
The Italian boatbuilder, Azimut, was quite clear about the design goal for its new 50 Flybridge model: Make the interior far larger than would seem possible on a 52-foot hull.


  • LOA: 52'1"
  • Beam: 15'3"
  • Draft: 4'11"
  • Weight: 49,700 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 581 gals.
  • Water Capacity: 156 gals.
  • Power: T-Volvo Penta 670 hp D11 diesels
  • Price: Contact dealer

And it worked; I couldn’t have guessed the length of the yacht within 10 feet if I’d been beamed down like a “Star Trek” character into the salon without seeing the exterior.

For starters, this is a yacht designed for elegant entertaining, with panoramic windows on each side and no divisions to break up the sense of space. A U-shaped entertainment lounge is aft, transforming the area into a media room with a pop-up TV in a console opposite. The helm to starboard is slightly raised, and a dining area with table is to port. The helm’s height gives both guests and the skipper superb views.

Having the galley down below adds space in the salon, but on many boats it can be dark and depressing. Not on this Azimut. The chef will be flooded with light in a natural atrium from the windshield above. Azimut also offers a galley-up option, which has proved popular with buyers.

When it comes to accommodations, the Azimut 50 Fly excels, with a master suite spanning the full beam aft, and an equally luxurious VIP stateroom forward. Both have ensuite heads with large showers (always important). A third guest cabin is amidships with twin bunks. A crew cabin is an option; if you don’t have a crew, however, the teenager in your family will prize this single berth for its privacy.

As you’d expect from an Italian yacht, worshipping the sun is molto importante, and the 50 Fly fulfills that need with multiple seating, dining and lounging areas on the flybridge underneath a fiberglass hardtop with an opening section. Not enough? Well, there are also lounges on the foredeck with sunpads. There’s also the cockpit with its expansive settee.

Power for the 50 Fly comes from a pair of 670-hp Volvo Penta D11 diesels that push her along at a swift 32-knot top speed or 26 knots for cruising.

This yacht is pure Italian, from the stitched suede to the fine woods and marble; don’t be surprised if you start wearing your sport coat on one shoulder and double-kissing people on the cheeks. 



Port Clinton, OH 

South Shore JUN17