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Autumn 2006

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article by
Angelo Colombo

Photos at sea from Azimut files

Photos of interiors by Antonio Bignami


The Azimut shipyard presents its new 85, a yacht whose exterior layout and concept were designed by Stefano Righini while the interiors were developed by Carlo Galeazzi. Working together they have created what the yard considers a "Sea GT".


LOA: 26.83 metres
beam: 6.40 metres
draught: 1.80 metres
full load displacement: 80.000 kilos
engines: 2 x 1.825 HP Caterpillar C32 Acert V12s
maximum speed: 30 knots
cruising speed: 27 knots
fuel tanks: 9.000 litres
water tanks: 1.500 litres
construction material: GRP
hull: 'V' with 17° deadrise aft- exterior design and concept: Stefano Righini
interior designer: Carlo Galeazzi.

For further information: Azimut Yachts, Via M. Luther King 9-11, 10051 Avigliana (TO) Italy; tel. +39 011 93161; fax +39 011 9367270; website

Work began on this yacht in the same spirit with which car manufacturers of the calibre of Maserati or Bentley created their own GTs, such as for example the splendid Quattroporte. So it's a yacht that best unites comfort and performance in accordance with strictly avant- garde technological dictates and with outstanding design. To make it all come true the two designers and the yard's technical department had an intense work schedule, because a vessel like this leaves no room for improvisation or rethinks: everything has to be carefully handled down to the slightest detail and must correspond exactly to original specifications. Stefano Righini chose to create a superstructure decidedly projected forward and fairly rounded in order to give greater interior volumes and a large surface area to the flying bridge. Carlo Galeazzi's interiors are very luxurious and, thanks to numerous large glazed areas, extremely bright. The whole creation was based on the designers' theory that "your boat is an extension of your seaside villa". In the case in point, this is undoubtedly a design which makes a strong point of liveability and comfort, but another definitely interesting aspect is the performance achieved by two 1.825 HP Caterpillar C32 Acert V12s that give a maximum speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 27. In a word, an actual GT: comfort and performance, technology and design. Let's take a look at the division of the spaces. First off, the design is developed on three decks, the upper being the spacious flying bridge. Forward on the starboard side we have the outdoor command station with a large sundeck opposite. Aft of this area there's a small bar, still on the starboard side, and on the port side an open air dinette with C-shaped sofa, table and chairs. Proceeding farther aft there is a central Jacuzzi with an adjacent sunbathing area, aft of which is the tender and its davits. A yacht which in spite of its relative compactness -26.83 metres LOA - offers the interior volumes found on larger vessels. This is particularly true on the main deck where, in the spacious deckhouse forward on the starboard side, we find a bridge equipped with two ergonomic seats and all the instrumentation on a console whose design is perfectly integrated with the whole. On the portside there is a dinette with C-shaped sofa and a table. From this zone you access the dining area where the diagonally placed table can comfortably seat eight. On the starboard side behind the bridge there is a spacious galley, suitably isolated, and a daytime bathroom. The aft zone of this deck is wholly occupied by the saloon, with a three seater sofa on the portside bulwark, two facing armchairs and a coffee table in wood and glass. There's also a two seater sofa against the starboard bulwark, and the interior is completed by low furniture along the sides and in the corners. Emphasis of the great area available on this deck comes from the open space concept of the great glass door in the cockpit, a point from which, since there is nothing to block the view, you can see everything as far as the forward saloon. This solution results in a perceptual impact of space that is out of the ordinary on yachts of this size. The stern of the main deck, virtually the cockpit, includes a sofa with table fully aft and two lateral stairways for access to and from the stern bridge, plus a superstructure stairway on the starboard side to the flying bridge. For the lower deck the yard proposes two solutions, both featuring two double- bed cabins: the owner's amidships, running the full width of the beam, and the VIP forward, plus another two cabins with twin beds, all with private bathrooms. The difference between the two versions lies in positioning one of the twin cabins farther forward so the owner's cabin can have not only two bathrooms, as in the other version, but also an office. This alternative envisages a Jacuzzi in the second bathroom, with all the usual accessories. In the version with the facing twin cabins the owner's bathrooms are obviously smaller but nonetheless welcoming and comfortable. The crew's quarters are at the aftermost part of this deck: two single cabins at the sides, a bathroom and a centrally positioned relaxation area with sofa and table. As for furnishings and interior décor, there is sobriety and elegance throughout, with the furniture surfaces finished in squares of light-coloured, opaque cherry alternated with horizontal and vertical graining. The coverings are in raw fabrics in tan and black, with Roman blinds in a light-coloured fabric embellished with long curtains that reach the floor. Panels in light-coloured fabric and wood have the function of separating the galley from the great space of which it is part, giving the whole a pleasant appearance that is emphasised by well designed artificial lighting, in this case neon set into the ceilings and large square lamps with a glass base and silk ribbon shade, again in a light colour. Righini and Galeazzi's work has undoubtedly resulted in a yacht that stands out for style. Their attention to all those elements that contribute to giving an overall perception of the whole, right down do the least evident details, has been almost maniacal. The two designers have already given numerous examples of what they're capable of doing together to achieve high class results: the Azimut 85 may only be their current point of arrival.