Ranking among the legendary Italian builders, Azimut has created some of the most elegant designs on the water, each so striking and fashion-forward that passengers sometimes feel a sense of privilege sitting on board. In addition to its lines, the brand is known for its best-in-class engineering, construction and fine finish. Synonymous with sophistication, the company that was founded in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli when he was still a student in Italy also works hard to maximize production efficiencies and keep prices competitive while continually introducing new models to stimulate interest. Each model in the Azimut range–which includes flybridge yachts, the S Collection of sport yachts, the Magellano range of Italian-style trawlers, and the Grande collection of superyachts– reflects the attention to detail and the styling excellence associated with the best in Italian manufacturing.
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Beautiful styling, elegant accommodations, and outstanding performance define the Azimut 80, a high-end luxury yacht whose “dorsal fin” windows and vertical hull ports are notably distinctive design elements. The main deck opens into a spacious and impeccably styled salon with facing settees, high-gloss cherrywood joinery and luxurious furnishings. A formal dining area is forward, opposite the narrow galley, and there are four staterooms and heads on the lower level including a full-beam master. Note that twin garages in the transom of the Azimut 80 have pushed the crew quarters forward of the engineroom, which explains why the staterooms seem rather compact for a yacht this size. The engineroom, reached from either the crew quarters or the swim platform, is unusually spacious, and V-drives allow the motors to be set well aft in the hull. The flybridge is a wide-open entertainment platform with a wet bar, barbecue, seating for ten and space for a tender. Additional features include a protected aft deck, galley access to the crew quarters, a huge foredeck sun pad, and teak decks. Twin 1,300hp MTU diesels cruise the Azimut 80 at 23 knots (25–6 knots top), and 1,500 MTUs cruise a knot or two faster.