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Azimut 39

The Azimut 39 reflects the typical design and construction logic of the Avigliana-based yard in collaboration with the designer Stefano Righini, marked by sophisticated innovation, elegance, professionalism and new technologies. Even though the Azimut 39 was recently presented at five different boat shows - Cannes, Amsterdam, Friederichshafen, Southampton and played a major role at Genoa's Azimut stand - she is already in the production line. With the new AZ39, the yard offers a wide variety of alternative layouts that differ from the production of bigger yachts. The Azimut 39 may be considered a "small/big" motor yacht: a 40-foot long boat offering stunning habitability, technology and design.

The Azimut 39 has an especially attracting and dynamic outside line, with the deckhouse marked by large electrically operated elliptical windows. In addition, the two typical Azimut oval windows increase the interior lighting and visibility for they are fitted at the same level as the interior dinette settees. The boat's trim and maneuverability are excellent, thanks to the deep- V hull with a 17° deadrise aft and with variable transverse sections. The yacht is fitted with 4-blade propellers in seminozzle, in-line transmission and is powered by 325-hp Caterpillar engines for a top speeds of 30 knots and cruising speeds of 26 knots even in slight to moderate seas.

On deck, space is ample: the tender may be fitted on the aft platform and the cockpit includes a very comfortable settee. Access to the flying bridge is by means of a ladder from the cockpit. The flying bridge includes very elegant and functional fittings. Inside, even though good use is made of available space, comfort and sophisticated elegance are top priorities.


Designer: Stefano Righini
Decorator: Carlo Galeazzi
Project: Azimut Spa - Via Martin Luther King 9 / 11 - 10051 Avigliana (Torino) Italy - Phone +39 011.93.161 - Fax +39
Category type: "A"
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 40'
Beam: 13'4"
Depth: 11'8"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 3'7"
Light displacement: 19,867 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 25,386 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 12
Berths: 4+2 in 3 cabins
Test boat power: 2x325 hp Cat 3116 DITA
Total installed power: 650 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 3,006 lbs.
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 30.5 lbs./hp
Type of transmission: in-line shaft
Maximum declared speed: 30 knots
Cruising speed: 26 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 31.4 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: approximately 220 nautical miles
Fuel capacity: 264 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 132 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 480,000,000 ex VAT.


Hull: deep-V hull with a 17° deadrise aft and variable transverse sections
Hull construction material: GRP
Deck materials and characteristics: GRP
Bow area: pulpit, mooring bitts, anchor windlass with anchor and anchor chain, anchor locker, sunning cushioning, hatch
Cockpit arrangements and fittings: access ladder to flying bridge with teak steps, two access doors to aft platform, settee, removable table and chairs, two mooring bitts, shower with hot/cold water mixer, access to engine room at floor level, teak deck, two side lockers
Characteristics of the aft platform: swimming ladder, concealed when not in use, tender hoisting and launching area, multi-functional hydraulically-operated gangway fitted on aft transom
Superstructures and windows materials: stainless steel deck fittings, tempered glass windows, electrically-operated side windows
Flying bridge: helm station and dashboard, remote controls, compass, engine instruments, Tridata echo-sounder, GPS, VHF and pivoting searchlight, roll bar with antennae, pilot chair, settee, sunning cushioning, access from the cockpit with railings.


Layout and characteristics: forward double master stateroom with two hanging lockers and two settees, en suite bathroom with round shower stall; guest stateroom with twin beds and one hanging locker with en suite bathroom; galley is to port, opposite the guest cabin; salon with two opposite dinettes (the U-shaped dinette to starboard is convertible), walnut root table, bar-cabinet with drawers, helm station with pilot and co-pilot settee. Cabinets are in cherry wood, upholstery and lining type and colors on client request
Lower helm station: height adjustable steering wheel, walnut root decorations, throttle lever remote controls, full engine indicators and instruments, compass, Tridata, suede-like settee with locker
Chart table: on dashboard or in the dinette
Galley: two sinks with hot/cold water mixer, Corian worktop, two-electric hob range, microwave oven, 32-gallon refrigerator with top cabinet or 60-gallon refrigerator with freezer.


Wind: none
Sea: calm

Time needed to reach planing speed: 10 seconds
Minimum planing speed at 1,600 rpm's: 10.4 knots
Maximum speed at 2,800 rpm's: 30 knots with 650 hp


Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: excellent trim even in slight to moderate seas and with the wildest maneuvers. Smooth ride in all sea conditions due to the perfect hull design and excellent distribution of weight on board
Wheel and flap response: very precise, smooth and uniform
Visibility in different weather conditions: very good from flying bridge and excellent from the salon
Docking maneuverability: safe and properly controlled.


Deck: excellent layout with superb practical solutions (anti-slipping side decks, perfect positioning of sunning areas)
Flying bridge: relatively small but well designed with ample living space
Interiors: elegant and practical, innovative décor and design
Passengers' comfort: very good
Helm stations: in excellent position and of adequate size
Chart table: very well positioned
Galley: easy access and top-quality fittings
Bathrooms: ample and with perfect finishing
Engine room: excellent access and working space
Electrical switchboard and plants: to port of the lower helm station with functional and top-quality components.