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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

Article selected from thousand boat trials performed by Nautica in nearly 50 years

Navigation trials

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Text and photographs by Antonio Bignami


AZIMUT 80

Azimut 80

We tested the Azimut 80 in Viareggio, the capital city of the Italian boat industry and main operative center of the Azimut/Benetti group - a holding company, which is increasingly considered as the point of reference for national and international yacht design. We might appear exaggerated by saying that the Azimut 80 is a vessel that arrived directly from the future but we are not. In fact she has striking features such as an innovative profile, the rounded aft superstructures and the slender forward ones, the side windows with their characteristic elliptical shape - now considered a trendy feature, only interrupted by a well-integrated support. Sides and superstructures are elegantly connected by means of a fiberglass wing.

Azimut 80 To light up the VIP stateroom two hatches were fitted forward on deck, while to light up the master stateroom six big portholes were fitted. The flying bridge appears as elegant open-air salon, which is very spacious and, thanks to the size of the aft area, offers a good cover to the cockpit turning it into a more comfortable living space. The flying bridge includes two opposite settees, a sunning area, tender davits aft and a forward central smaller deck used as service access from the galley and where a cabinet with grid, sink and fridge is fitted.

Azimut 80 In order to satisfy the different needs and requests, two different layouts for the crew quarters are offered. One has a crew dinette, one cabin with two overlapping berths and one bathroom with shower, the other layout offers no dinette but two cabins, one for the captain with a small- sized double bed and the other one with two overlapping berths for the crew. As for the comfort and privacy offered to the guests and the owner, both in the living areas (salon on two levels) as well as in the cabins (four cabins with ensuite bathrooms), the photographs very well describe their sophisticated elegance, which will certainly become very trendy.

Azimut 80 The photographs also significantly depict the detailed sea trials. The Azimut 80 passed with excellent grades the trials carried out in heavy seas notwithstanding the stresses that were imposed to the boat by the experienced pilot to obtain spectacular photographs. Thanks to its design, the hull is very swift allowing the boat to sail in any conditions offering excellent trim and performance, with the help of two small flaps and an innovative trim tab system, which Silvia Fogliuzzi, Manager of Azimut, kindly but firmly refused to explain for obvious reasons. Finally, we must point out to the extraordinary noise insulation system and to the engine room, an excellent example of space rationality and technology applied to boating.

TECHNICAL DATA

Azimut 80
Designer: Design/style, Stefano Righini; Interiors design: Carlo Galeazzi; Hull: Azimut
Yard: Azimut: via M.L. King 9-11; 10051 Avigliana (TO); tel. +39 011 93161; fax +39 011 9316677
EC Category type: "A"
LOA: 78 ft
Beam: 20 ft
Depth: 20ft4in
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 5ft6in- Light displacement: 110,375 lbs
Full boat displacement: 125,827 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 12
Berths: 8+2 in 5 cabins or 8+2+2 in 6 cabins
Test boat power: 2x 1,400 hp Caterpillar 3412E TTA inboard Turbo Diesel
Total installed power: 2,800 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 12,582 lbs
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 39.4 lbs/hp
Type of transmission: in line shaft
Maximum declared speed: 32 knots
Cruising speed: 27 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 95 gall/hr
Range at cruising speed: 450 miles
Fuel capacity: 1,585 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 396 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power has not yet been defined. Price quoted for boat fitted with 2x1300 HP MTU is equivalent to Euro 2.375.702 and fitted with 2x1500 HP MTU is equivalent to Euro 2.453.170; Italian VAT is 20% and is not included in the above-mentioned quotations.

CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

Azimut 80 Hull: V-shaped hull with 10° deadrise aft and trim tabs, with raked bow and wide aft
Hull construction material: fiberglass
Deck materials and characteristics: fiberglass
Bow area: anchor and mooring fittings with winches and bitts concealed when not in use in 4 separated lockers one of which in the bow area; teak deck, sunning area with cushioning and glass and can holders; freshwater and fuel intake caps; two compass side doors are fitted along the walkways connecting the salon, the door to starboard for access to the helm station and the door to port for access to the galley; engine room access along the aft port side deck
Azimut 80 Cockpit arrangements and fittings: teak deck, settees, table, lockers; side mooring fittings conceal when not in use, with mooring winches, shower and water mixer; access to the aft platform is by way of an hydroelectric compass port; teak ladder, hydroelectric gangway. Flying bridge access ladder with teak steps, glass and steel sliding door to the salon with electrical opening, moving along a rail, with final side movement
Characteristics of the aft platform: teak deck, hydroelectric swimming ladder conceal when not in use
Azimut 80 Superstructures and window materials: tempered glass windows, deck fittings in stainless steel
Description and characteristics of the flying bridge: main access stairwell from the cockpit and service access from the galley with sliding door to port of the helm station. Fully fitted helm station with instrument indicators, settee with service cabinet on the back fitted with an electrical stove, fridge and sink. Two opposite settees with table, roll bar and mast, sunning cushioning, tender with outboard engine and electrical davits aft of the flying bridge for haulage and launching.

INTERIORS

Azimut 80 Layout and characteristics: the salon is on two levels with two opposite sofas, bar cabinet and services, TV set and Hi-fi cabinet, forward there is the galley to port and the dinette to starboard. Proceeding forward there is the main helm station with central access stairwell to the cabins. Belowdecks, the master stateroom with ensuite bathroom and changing room is at the center of the boat, the VIP stateroom is forward with ensuite bathroom, between the two staterooms there are the other two guest cabins with twin beds and ensuite bathroom. Cabinets are in cherrywood, interiors are in leather, ceiling and interior linings are in textile and in materials of choice. Crew quarters with access ladder from the galley may either have one cabin with two overlapping berths, bathroom and crew dinette, or the captain's cabin with double bed, one crew cabin with overlapping berths and bathroom
Azimut 80 Lower helm station: finishings in leather and walnut root, wheel steering, electronic remote controls, computerized engine control system, GPS, plotter, radar, echo sounder, automatic pilot
Chart table: to starboard of the helm station, with nautical chart holder, light, several compartments
Galley: the galley is separated with access from the port side deck and stairwell to the flying bridge; it is fitted with sizable refrigerator and freezer, granite worktop, double sink with water mixer, communication window with shutter between galley and dinette just like in a bar, oven, exhaust fan, dish-washer, pantry, cabinets and drawers.

FITTINGS

Standard fittings: the above-mentioned fittings plus flaps, bow prop, two generators, air conditioning system, color TV set in the master and in the VIP staterooms.

IMPRESSIONS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING

Wind: 10-12 knot south-southwesterly
Sea: Force 4/5 long sea along the coast.

PERFORMANCE

(with Magellan 3000 GPS and standard GPS, 8 passengers, full freshwater and fuel tanks, flaps at rest)
Time needed to reach planing position: 7 seconds
Minimum planing speed at 1,600 rpm's: 17.5 knots
Maximum speed at 2,320 rpm's: 32.5 knots with 2,800 hp

EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE

Azimut 80 Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: the Azimut 80 planes softly and remains perfectly trimmed and is particularly maneuverable. The boat was tested in heavy seas, the vessel reacted very well to the changes of trim and direction, maintaining a perfect stability and excellent maneuverability with a low profile and excellent seakeeping ability. Wheel and flap response: the wheel is smooth and precise, during sea trials the flaps were at rest
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent visibility both from the main helm station as well as from the flying bridge
Docking maneuverability: excellent.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Azimut 80 Deck: very refined with excellent solutions (i.e. anchor and mooring fittings conceal when not in use, both in bow area as well as in the cockpit)- Flying bridge: very spacious with excellent habitability and with valuable fittings
Interiors: very elegant interiors with special attention to the privacy of guests and owner; excellent and very rational connections among the different areas of the boat
Passengers' comfort: excellent
Helm stations: excellent position and comfort
Chart table: of ideal size and location
Galley: spacious and very well fitted, connected to the various areas of the boat, actually it is the effective technical connecting point onboard
Bathrooms: very nice and extremely functional
Engine room: engine room includes all sorts of technologic equipment and systems, plants and spaces are similar to those typically found on bigger vessels. Access is from the port side deck
Electrical switchboard and plants: life on board may be controlled in two different ways, wither with a traditional electromechanical system or with a computerized one with an operating software especially designed and created for this purpose.