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Positioned in the medium-sized range of yachts, the Azimut 47 features modern lines and interesting solutions belowdecks.
The Azimut yard increases its already ample range of flying bridge models with this 47', a yacht that gets admired for her simplicity and elegance. Esthetical solutions, aiming to a slender outline and to functional conceptions, represent the strength of this new yacht. First of all, the characteristic butterfly-shaped ample side windows that with their large opening panes allow abundant natural light inside. Moreover, the portholes in every cabin contribute to the pleasant sensation of the visual contact with the surrounding marine environment.
Sea trials were carried out with calm sea, yet we have been able to confirm the hull's seakeeping abilities. Considering the type of boat she demonstrated to be stable and performing. Interiors are well laid out, with three separate double cabins, a capacious food store and a large saloon communicating with the cockpit. We were favorably impressed by the food store, in the lower deck amidships, lighted by the ample windshield above.
As mentioned in the beginning of the article, the cabins are unusually bright thanks to the unusual shape of the portholes (even though they are portholes we believe this term is reductive) and feature some very practical solutions, such as the large locker/closet under the mattress of the bow cabin or the starboard cabin's sliding bed which may become a double bed in case of need.
Even the saloon offers interesting solutions, with several convivial spaces for guests and a small table, specular to the control station, is ideal for course-plotting. The Azimut 47 occupies a place in a market sector which is already very crowded by yachts of competing yards, nevertheless, given her excellent credentials and design solutions, we believe she will be able to enjoy the approval of an exacting and selected clientele.
TECHNICAL DATADesigner: outside styling, Stefano Righini; interior décor, Carlo Galeazzi
Yard: Azimut Yachts; via M. L. King, 9/11; 10051 Avigliana (Turin, Italy); tel. +39011 93161; fax +39011 9367270; tel. +390363 976388; fax +390363 976766; website www.azimutyachts.com; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
EC Category type: B
Loa: 14.46 m
Beam: 4.75 m
Height above waterline: m 3,77
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 1.35 m
Light displacement: 16,100 kg; full load displacement: 19,300 kg
Maximum passengers capacity: 10
Berths: 6 in 3 cabins
Engine: 2x575 hp Caterpillar C9
Total installed power: 1,150 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: approx. 2,150 kg
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 14.00 kg/hp
Type of transmission: V-Drive
Maximum declared speed: 31 knots
Cruising speed: 26 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 160 l/hr
Range at cruising speed: 325 miles
Fuel capacity: 2,000 l
Freshwater capacity: 590 l
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Euro 650,000.00 + VAT.
CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICSHull: planing GRP hull with 14° deadrise aft and 19° amidships; longitudinal trim tabs; four-blade propellers
Hull construction material: multi-axial fiberglass cloth; resin-infusion laminate; neopentilic and isophtalic type spray gelcoat; PVC foam for sandwich construction of sides, bottom and superstructures. Shock-proof forward bulkhead of engine room in wood sandwich structure. DCPD resin for inner hull layers and for superstructures and vinylester for outer layers. Thanks to such features the boat has a 5 year anti-osmosis warranty
Deck: 2 bitts amidships (one on each side); round tube stainless steel handrails; stainless steel and shock-resistant PVC sheerguard; windows in tempered glass; navigation lights; 2 diesel oil intakes with cap; freshwater intake on deck; sewage tank pumpout fitting on sidedeck
Flying bridge: access through outside fiberglass ladder; access door; alluminum hatch; inflatable liferaft on flying bridge; non-skid flooring; table with refrigerator and barbecue; dashboard with pilot armchair
Forward: 1,000 W, anchor windlass and chain lifter; windlass controls; 25 kg Delta anchor; 75 m long anchor chain on stem fitting; anchor chain locker forward with water drain; anchor wash: stainless steel stem fitting; 2 electrical window wipers;2 stainless steel bitts; sunning cushions forward; hatch
Cockpit: saloon access door in tempered glass; fiberglass sunning area in cockpit with deckhand cabin access from cockpit settee; cold/hot water shower; hydroelectric stainless steel gangway; lights in the cockpit ceiling; recessed walk over lights on flybridge ladder steps and on sidedeck accesses
Aft platform: teak platform, with 2 side lights; stainless steel stowaway swimming ladder; steel cockpit access door.
INTERIORSLayout and characteristics: saloon with different areas for guests. On the lower deck there is the food store in the corridor between the guest cabins aft and the owner cabin forward. Both heads are on starboard
Helm station: to starboard in the saloon, with a settee for two
Chart table: several shelves
Galley: natural lighting from the top through the ample windows (from windshield). Three ceramic hobs with stainless steel pot holders; microwave oven; worktop with sink; hot and cold water mixing tap; extractor hood; 190 liter refrigerator.
FITTINGSStandard fittings: boat hook, 6 fenders; cushions; blinds; crockery, cutlery and glasses for 8 persons; stainless steel set of pots; mooring cables
Optional fittings: deckhand cabin; air conditioning and ventilation system; fire-fighting/deck washing system with sea water with 6 m long hose and spray nozzle; two waterproof recessed led lights; bimini-top on flybridge; dishwasher; icemaker; teak sidedecks, cockpit and aft platform.
IMPRESSIONSSEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCESeakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: the yacht is stable and gives the impression of great safety
Wheel and flap response: slightly sluggish but precise response. Flaps have little influence on the excellent hull trim
Helm station: in dominant position, above saloon level, excellent visibility
Docking maneuverability: good response and reliable control at low rpm's.
EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITYDeck: enjoyable cockpit thanks to the extension of the flying bridge; well protected side decks; ample and comfortable forward sunning area; rational access to the flying bridge by means of a ladder with suitably broad and deep steps and to the aft plaftorm
Flying bridge: original layout, with a forward sunning area, starboard of the dashboard; C-shaped sofa aft with central cabinet having a double function (as galley and table)
Interiors: excellent use of space on board. Salon with different sociable areas and much free floor space. Materials and linings used for interior décor and finish are pleasant. Cabins are ample with special solutions for an excellent use of space
Passengers' comfort: the 3 separate cabins offer adequate privacy to the 6 guests
Chart table: different solutions are possible thanks to the numerous shelves
Galley: in our opinioin this is the real "strength" of the yacht. It is amidships, on the lower deck and it is exceptionally large for yachts of this size. It is lighted by the windshield and its position and spaciousness are indeed excellent
Bathrooms: both have separate cylindrical shower stall, thermostatic mixing tap and wooden grid; original sink in cognac-hued cold glass
Engine room: easy access; enough floor space around engines
Electric switchboard and plants: in line with the quality of the yacht; highly reliable switches.