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Aggressive and refined, sporty and brazen, with sophisticated lines and aerodynamic solutions: this is the first impression of Azimut 62. On this boat as on all Azimut boats, the side windows are ample to brighten the interiors with natural lighting. These windows distinguish the boat's outer design for their shape - those on the main deck have a fin-like contour while those on the lower deck are oval-shaped - as well as for their mirror-like surface. The flying bridge is very aerodynamic as well with a raised rollbar in the middle and with sunning area, ample and interchangeable lounge, bar cabinet and upper helm station to port.
In the center of the cockpit there is the gangway. Crew cabin access is from the cockpit aft settee - this cabin is very ample and bright, with twin beds and ensuite bathroom. The cockpit is made up of two main areas, one with table and chairs and the other one with a waste basket and the elegant ladder to the aft platform, where there is a shower with water mixer and two lockers for fender storage. Extremely functional solutions make the interiors of the Azimut 62 extremely comfortable and private. As a matter of fact, apart from the extremely beautiful layout and furnishings (Majilite fabric paneling, cherry wood cabinets with chess-like veins, stainless steel fittings and walnut root inserts, toilet top in glossy enameled tempered glass available in blue, green or beige) the interiors are rich in details that make the difference.
There are spacious cabinets in the galley and containers on the hull side, there is an ice maker and a crockery holding space. An ample cabinet for the master stateroom is fitted in front of the stairway leading to the cabins. There is a service room with a washing/drying area and drying rack. Moreover, the salon may be used in two different ways: with opposite settees or with a settee to port and a multi-functional cabinet to starboard. The dinette, with a table that may be installed for use, is ideal for 8 persons.
In the galley there is a very practical and nice stainless steel/walnut root worktop. Inside the master stateroom the bed is slanted in order to use the maximum width of the boat's hull. Last, but not least, the engine room is fitted with Politone Marine Tec floor, a special washable plastic material developed for greater sound and vibration insulation.
TECHNICAL DATADesigners: Stefano Righini (Exterior styling & Concept); Carlo Galeazzi (Interior Decor)
Yard: Azimut; via Martin Luther King 9/11; 10051 Avigliana (Turin, Italy); tel. +39 011 93161; fax +39 011 9367270; website: www.azimutyachts.net
EC Category type: A
Beam: m 16ft6in
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 5 ft
Light displacement: 66,740 lbs; Full boat displacement: 76,432 lbs approx.
Maximum passengers capacity: 16
Berths: 6+2 in 4 cabins
Total engines and reduction gears: 2x914 hp inboard Diesel MTU 8V 2000 M90; ZF IRM 350 reduction gear; four-blade propellers in NiBrA1; stainless steel AQ 17 shafts; 18hp Max Power 225 series bow thruster
Total installed power: 1,828hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 9,075 lbs
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 36,50 lbs
Type of transmission: in line
Maximum declared speed: 33 knots
Cruising speed: 30 knots -Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 37 US gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: approx. 730 miles
Fuel capacity: 898 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 264 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Euro 1,250,000.00 + 20% VAT.
CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICSHull: deep V hull with 17° deadrise aft
Hull construction material: fiberglass laminate with vynilester resin in outer layers and ortophtalic resin in the remaining layers. 5 year warranty against osmosis and structures
Deck, side and superstructure materials and characteristics: fiberglass sandwich with high quality expanded PVC
Bow area: 1500W anchor windlass, anchor locker and anchor chain, bow pulpit, round manhole, sunning cushioning with glass holder, mooring fittings, two diesel/fuel intake with protective cover and one freshwater intake
Cockpit arrangement: three-panel tempered glass sliding round door for salon access, teak deck, aft seats with lockers under seat and access to crew cabin, shower with water mixer, hydroelectric gangway, dockside electric connection, ladder to flying bridge, access to aft platform, mooring fittings with winches
Characteristics of the aft platform: teak deck, with covered stainless steel swimming ladder -Superstructures and windows materials: tempered glass windows, stainless steel deck fittings
Characteristics of the flying bridge: ladder access from cockpit, upper helm station with alluminum helm wheel with adjustable height, Microcommander electronic engine controls, flap, winch, anchor chain washing pipe, chain counter, horn, compass, VHF, complete engine indicators and instruments, interfaced electronic instruments (Raytheon instruments: Multiview ST 80, ST 6000 auto-pilot, 520 chartplotter), pilot and co-pilot seat with bar cabinet with fridge and sink. Roll bar, C-shaped seat for 5 persons and lounge, adjustable searchlight, car stereo with watertight protection and watertight loudspeakers, 12 Volt outlet.
INTERIORSLayout and characteristics: salon on two levels. Ample dinette aft with straight settee starboard and opposite C-shaped settee with table), bar cabinet with color TV set. Forward, dining cherrywood table with central removable part to starboard with settee. Main helm station with central totally adjustable settee, desktop computer, adjustable hydraulic type steering wheel in stainless steel and teak, Microcommander electronic engine remote controls. Winch, flap, anchor chain washing pipe, navigation lights controls. Generator controls. Horn, side windows with electric control and engine alarms. Raytheon ST 80 Master View, RL 72 RC Radar GPS Plotter, ST 6000auto-pilot, VHF. The galley is to port. The master stateroom and the guests' cabins are in the central area of the boat. The master stateroom includes a double bed, two-door cabinet with mirror, drawers, vanity with drawers, 6 round portholes (approx. 12x24 in), emergency exit from the manhole above the vanity, dressing room, 14" TV. Ensuite bathroom with sink and cabinet, shower stall, hull-side cabinet, toilet and bidet. Forward VIP cabin with double bed, dressing room ensuite bathroom with sink, round-shaped shower stall, mirrored cabinet, toilet. Guest stateroom with twin beds, bedside table between the beds, cabinet with drawers and shelves, bathroom with double access (access from the salon and from the guest cabin), with sink, toiled, bidet and round-shaped shower stall. Crew cabin aft with access from the cockpit settee, with twin beds, ensuite bathroom and locker area
Chart table: in the helm station with reading light, storing area for charts that may be transformed in computer desk.
Galley: teak floorboards, crockery holding space with removable stainless steel containers, two sinks with water mixing tap, 4 ceramic hobs, microwave and grill oven, 60-gallon refrigerator and freezer, granulon worktop, cherrywood cabinets, extractor, pantry, ice maker to port in the passageway to the cabins.
FITTINGSStandard fittings: in addition to the fittings indicated in the technical specification and in the boat description there are flaps, bow thruster, underwater engine exhausts, 6.5 kW generator.
IMPRESSIONSSEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Time needed to reach ploaning speed: 8 seconds
EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCESeakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: Azimut 62 was built with an eye to stability. As a matter of fact, the boat always reacts in the best way to the stresses she receives when sailing; she returns quickly to the correct trim; she is very stable even with sudden turns.
Wheel and flap response: precise, thanks to the smooth and efficient action of the steering wheel
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent from the flying bridge as well as from the salon (considering the layout and the type of heull and flybridge)
Docking maneuverability: perfect, safe with a very small margin of error.
EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITYDeck: ample side passageways for comfortable access. The cockpit is elegant and functional
Flying bridge: featuring comfort, top quality fittings, superb design and rational layout
Interiors: elegant, innovative and with a manic eye to privacy and comfort
Passengers' confort: excellent
Helm stations: very comfortable and very functional
Chart table: ample area with possibile different applications -Galley: beautiful aspect, elegant and functional. The wide range of holding areas and lockers in the galley need to be mentioned
Bathrooms: spacious and with good natural lighting
Engine room: excellent access
Electrical switchboard and plants: two, one in the helm station and the other one in the engine room with top-quality technology and systems.