Walking down the dock to view this Azimut 55 Fly you can see the obvious Italian styling from far away. Built in 2006, but looking just as modern today, she’s a beautifully designed and built yacht, with the interior more than matching the elegant and powerful exterior.
Designed for open-air living, the flybridge is the place to be on this yacht with a large sunpad on the starboard side, opposite the helm. For dining, part of it converts to a seat back, creating room for up to eight adults. A wet bar holds a barbecue grill, an ice-maker and a sink.
Down on the main deck, the aft cockpit is protected from the sun full time by a bimini. There’s space for a table and chairs, to enjoy a meal or other activities.
The Azimut 55’s integrated swim platform continues the teak decking from the cockpit and sidedecks. At over 1.2m long, there’s plenty of room for water toys to be stored as well as enjoying this extra space at anchor. This Azimut is equipped with the optional powered passarelle for stern-in boarding. It stores out of the way, along the transom.
The entry into the saloon from the cockpit is a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door. It extends the “open plan” feel throughout nearly two-thirds the length of the boat — from the cockpit to the windshield, there are large windows almost all around.
There’s a U-shaped settee to port when you enter from the cockpit. The settee faces an entertainment centre along the starboard side, just under the windows, crafted in an elegant mix of cherry and briar woods.
The flow of the space gently takes you up two steps to the next level of the saloon. Here, the galley is to port, the dining area is to starboard and the lower helm station is forward.
The galley is open to the saloon, except for a small cabinet on the aft side. The front of the upright refrigerator/freezer is faced with the checkerboard-patterned wood, adding another touch of elegance.
There is a double sink to port, and an island bar that also serves as a storage cabinet. It has access from both the galley and dining area, and contains dividers for securing plates and glasses.
A three-element induction stove and microwave oven are also standard galley features. There’s additional storage forward of the galley, along the bulkheads of the companionway to the lower deck.
The dining table is removable — and it can be configured in two different ways, depending on your needs. There’s an insert at the centre that creates room enough for dining. Take that section out, and you’ll have a pair of cocktail tables.
Belowdecks, the Azimut 55 offers three staterooms and two full heads. In none of the compartments will you find any compromise in space.
The largest stateroom is the full-beam master suite, located aft. It offers abundant natural light through Azimut’s trademark triple oval portlights on each side.
There’s a queen-size berth set at an angle from the aft port corner, but it gives the appearance of being in the centre of the space because of curved bulkheads. A large countertop and vanity on the opposite side completes the circular effect.
A grouping of bevelled mirror panels on the forward bulkhead covers a double door entrance to a walk-in closet.
The ensuite master head has a shower stall with a bench. The countertops in both the master and guest baths are done with a glossy resin material Azimut calls “enamelled crystal.” It gives the appearance of a liquid suspended in air.
The roomy VIP stateroom, in the bow, also has a queen-size berth. It is bathed in light from an overhead hatch.
The third stateroom has a pair of single berths with stand-up room throughout the walking space. The two staterooms share a common head. It is accessible directly from the VIP cabin.
The interior is fully air-conditioned throughout, the Kohler generator takes care of all power requirements when away from the dock.
The original owners of this Azimut configured her with the optional crew cabin. It is accessible through a hatch in the aft cockpit deck, and has a single berth and head compartment.
Art and science also come together at the Azimut 55’s two helm stations. The lower station’s styling is in keeping with the curves and wood trim in the rest of the saloon, and has excellent all-round visibility for berthing thanks to the large windows on all sides.
The flybridge helm has the same engine and thruster controls as well as Raymarine navigation electronics.
The Azimut 55 is powered by a pair of 710 hp Caterpillar C12 diesels. They give the boat a top speed of around 32 knots. The boat cruises at around 27 knots, at which pace the boat has a range of more than 300 statute miles — with some reserve. Reduce your cruising speed and your range increases to 600 miles in calm conditions.
The hull deadrise is 23 degrees at midship and flattens to 16.6 degrees aft, so it slices into chop smoothly, yet gives a stable ride with minimal roll.
If you are looking for a capable cruiser with an enviable Italian pedigree, all the comforts of a luxury apartment and styling that will have other boaters turning their heads to stare, then this Azimut 55 could be just what you’re looking for.
Currently SZH registered for charter, the new owner can choose to continue running her as a charter yacht or registering as private (SZ) in Singapore or overseas. She is berthed in One15 Marina, Singapore.