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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

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Navigation trials

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Text and photographs by Antonio Bignami

Nautica Magazine
n. 406, february 1996


AZIMUT 50

Azimut 50

A very good balance among performance, styling and interior fittings, with futuristic solutions on deck, and state-of-the-art technology applied both to the hull and systems: the Azimut 50 comprises all this, and much more. Any of the comments in our note-book? First of all, raging seas, strong winds and a short and powerful swell: the Azimut 50 did not suffer the hostile weather conditions and presented us with strong feelings and an outstanding performance. The Azimut 50 is a fast and stable yacht, where excellent speed and accelerations are combined with perfect manoeuvrability (and it is no surprise since electronics made its way into the engine box: Micro Commanders are extraordinarily precise and reliable).

On deck, several features are worthy of mention: the space, the full teak coverage, the particular care and attention both to details and hardware, a styling that aims to be ever innovative without compromising rationality and functionality (let us mention the lateral windows, the windshield on the flying bridge...). The interior of the Azimut 50 clearly demonstrates how a yacht can be elegant, yet without fussiness: sobriety associated to aesthetics, with a saloon that speaks for itself in these pictures, a spacious and elegant dinette, an inviting "American-style" galley, the steering position complete with all instruments required on board, and more, and conveying a clear impression of consistency and reliability; standard equipment, both electronic and not-electronic, is excellent and complete. Cabins really are "designed" both with space and efficiency in mind, particularly as the AZ50 is "just" a 50-footer; the corridor is a very interesting solution, even more so as it is necessary to the comfort in the cabins it leads to. The owner's heads is divided into two units; and the guest cabins, comfortable and with generous volumes, each with twin sea berths, also feature two over-size, comfortable and spacious heads.

The AZ50 certainly is a luxurious yacht, but is especially the expression of the modern, elegant and technological way of conceiving and selling, both in Italy and abroad, our conception of recreational yachting.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Displacement: 38 tons
Interior design: Azimut; deck layout: Stefano Righini
Builder: Azimut Spa - Via Martin Luther King 9 / 11 - 10051 Avigliana (Torino) Italy - Phone +39 011.93.161 - Fax +39 011.93.67.270
Fully cleared for offshore navigation
VAT: 20%
Yearly licence: L. 2.195.000
Length overall: 15,20 m.
Registered length: 14,90 m.
Maximum beam: 4,50 m.
Draft below propellers: 1,25 m.
Building height: 4,90 m.
Empty displacement: kg 16.500
Full load displacement: 19.000kg.
Maximum allowable load: 14 people
Berths: 6+1 in four cabins
Engines: 2x600 HP Caterpillar 3176 B DITA
Total power: HP 1.200
Total fiscal power: HP 120
Total weight with gear box: kg 2.208
Empty displacement/installed power ratio: 13,75
Transmission: shaft drive
Maximum speed: 33 knots
Cruising speed: 28 knots
Fuel consumption at cruising speed: l/h 180
Operating range at cruising speed: 280 miles
Fuel tank capacity: 1.800 lt.
Water tank capacity: 600 lt.
Note: it is possible to move the crew cabin aft, providing independent access from the aft deck.

BUILDING SPECIFICATION

Hull: deep "V" variable geometry hull; 18° deadrise aft with longitudinal skates
Construction: hull, structures and superstructures in divinycell with termanto sandwich, manual stratification fibreglass; SP System Epacryn resins are employed, which ensure durability and high anti-osmosis performance (with a 10-years guarantee for the hull) .
Deck hardware: in stainless steel - Foredeck: anchor windlass with docking winch drum, sundeck, companionway, fender holders, cleats and fairleads, stainless steel pulpit.
Cockpit: stainless steel and crystal companionway leading to the saloon; stowing lockers underneath the bench and settee; lateral lockers; lighting; access to the auxiliary systems and the engine box; deck shower with hot/cold water; manual teak gangplank, steel davit, teak coverage
Aft deck: teak coverage, steel swimming ladder in stainless steel and teak; 220V shore power
Superstructures: fibreglass and sandwich; glasses in tempered crystal and stainless steel profiles
Flying bridge: roll bar; stainless steel ladder from the cockpit to the flying bridge with teak steps; tinted Plexiglas windshield; pilot and co-pilot settee; 5-places "C-shaped settee; aft sundeck; fibreglass furniture with sink; steering position with steering wheel, complete engine instrumentation, compass, VHF interface and repeaters, autopilot, rudder angle indicator, log, eco-sounder, GPS

INTERIOR

Layout and specifications: owner's stateroom< forward with two hanging lockers, bureau and double berths with lockers and drawers, two private heads; two guest cabins with twin berths, hanging locker, private head; saloon with dinette to starbord, cocktail cabinet and Hi-Fi stereo system with TV colour and VCR to starbord, "American-style" galley; control panel and chart table and/or service, imitation leather, quality fabric upholstery, doors and frames in cherry-wood, furniture in cherry-wood and burr.
Below decks steering position: pilot and co-pilot seats; steering wheel; control panel in burr; magnetic compass; Micro Commander single lever electronic remote controls (all auxiliary engines functions are electronically operated); control panel with utilities warning lights; complete engine indicators and alarms; log, eco-sounder, autopilot, rudder angle indicator, GPS and cartographic plotter, VHF: Shipmate RS 8300 SOS
Charting area: to starbord of the steering position or in the dinette
Galley area: worktop, four-burner stove and worktop in granulon, microwave oven and grill, sinks, extractor fan, 130 litres fridge, lockers beneath the worktop in cherry-wood, single-lever mixer for the hot and cold water system, varnished cupboards.

ACCESSORIES

Standard equipment: fire-fighting system in the engine box, air-exhausts in the engine box; predisposition for a forward tunnel for the forward propeller; stainless steel 60 litres boiler.

OUR IMPRESSIONS

CONDITIONS DURING THE TRIAL
wind: force 5/6 Seas: 5, increasing

PERFORMANCE
Time to plane from standstill: 7 seconds
Minimum planing rpm and speed: 1.600 rpm, 17 knots
Maximum speed: 33 knots at 1.200 HP and 2.300 rpm

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Sea worthiness: the prohibitive weather conditions did not affect the excellent sea qualities and the perfect manoeuvrability of the AZ50. Performance with high seas was very good; excellent manoeuvrability and equal response when prompted to plane; fair gradual increase of speed during evolutions.
Helm response and trim: efficient and precise
Visibility in different conditions: excellent from the flying bridge, good from the below decks steering position.
Docking manoeuvrability: docking was perfect in spite of the crowd and especially of the strong wind

COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY EVALUATION

Deck: uncluttered and with excellent hardware
Flying bridge: spacious and well-proportioned, very elegant access ladder from the cockpit, nice and rational aft sundeck
Interior: very elegant and excellently refined; adequate privacy and comfort both for the owner and the guests
Passenger comfort: excellent both in navigation and during every day life on board.
Steering position and comfort: excellent.
Chart table: unnecessary, due to the ample standard electronic instrumentation provided
Galley area: elegant and modern, very rational and excellent components
Heads: beautiful and spacious
Accessibility of the engine compartment: excellent
Electrical equipment panel: complete and well positioned beneath the steering settee.

WHAT WE LIKED MOST
Stability and safety in navigation, the style of the interior, the volumes and fittings of the heads in the two guest cabins.
WHAT WE LIKED LESS
We would have preferred a service furniture in the saloon instead of the TV cabinet and the two chairs; the owner toilet compartment divided into two units, although comfortable and rational.