Like a good Italian opera, a fine Italian yacht is a story of passion and triumph—and sometimes tragedy. The players’ performances frequently leave fans in tears, most often out of joy... but not always.

And as it is with opera, some American boat buyers find the Italian mastery of aesthetic and technical design highly seductive. But it’s not always easy for yachtsman on this side of the pond to embrace all the features of boats built by craftsmen whose cruising lifestyle is, well, not quite like our own. In that spirit, Azimut collaborated with U.S.-based MarineMax to redesign one of its prettiest flybridge motor yachts specifically for the Americans who love all things Italian, but also place value on what they perceive as practical.

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With input from MarineMax—Azimut’s North American distribution partner—certain features on the Azimut 84 were tweaked to satisfy American preferences.

The Azimut 84 first debuted in Genoa in 2012, and to good reviews as it showcased sweeping exterior lines by Stefano Rhigini and an uber-chic interior by Salvagni Architetti, who worked with Azimut on the 88, a stylistic breakthrough in terms of comfort and look. At the 2014 Miami show, Azimut debuted a redesigned version of this model. Now, thanks to some advice from Azimut’s American partners, the U.S. version of the 84 is born.

A big change is in the galley. Because U.S. boaters like to make cooking a social activity, the galley on this new version of the 84, which is located up and at the aft end of the saloon, is now completely open to the main entertaining area. It’s also larger and designed with a bar counter and stools. Guests can relax on those stools, or at a round dining table for eight that doubles as a place for cards and games. In essence, the galley and dining arrangements on this boat are much less formal than those on the original 84. That’s not to say you can’t slip your feet into those Bruno Maglis when tasting the wine and cheese, but if you stick with the Sperrys, you’ll be fine, too.

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The galley and saloon on the U.S. version of the Azimut 84 are open, allowing social interaction during food prep.

Other changes on the main deck include two seats at the helm in the wheelhouse, rather than a single. And on this main level you’ll note that the entertainment system (music and movies) is controlled by Apple software, as are lights, and music is played through a mix of GML and Bose speakers.

There are changes on the accommodations level, too, which is designed with four cabins (each with an en suite head) to sleep eight. Not only are the cabins larger, so too are the ports, providing even better views from each stateroom. On the original 84, the two cabins located between the master suite aft and guest accommodations forward were a bit cramped and had twin berths. On this boat, both cabins have a queen berth, and each berth lies athwartship with headboards facing those enlarged ports. The goal, it seems, was to make each cabin as comfortable as each other so all guests are equally happy. It’s democracy on blue water.

One other notable change is in the master suite (now fitted with a king berth rather than a queen), which the owner can access from his own staircase. Privacy, it seems, is something U.S. boaters want more of in their European builds.

MarineMax has found that Americans like to entertain on the flybridge, too, so on the 84 this space has been modified to include new features like a marble-topped bar with a refrigerator and freezer, plus an outdoor barbecue, tables, and more seating than before.


Up on the flybridge, double liferafts are fastened outside the deck area so they don’t take up entertaining space.

Fortunately, many of the nicest features on the original 84 are also on this American version: a hydraulic platform for a tender, crew quarters for three, and two elegant dining areas—one recessed at the foredeck and another in the cockpit that opens to the saloon. This version of the 84 also comes equipped with a hardtop and stabilizers, unless otherwise specified. Swift and exciting Azimut performance is here, too. When powered by a pair of MAN V-12s, the 84 is expected to hit 26 knots at top end.
Deadrise6 degrees
Displacement75 tons
Fuel capacity1,795 gal.
Water capacity1,350 gal.

The 84 seems to be the result of a good collaboration. It couples features and a layout created expressly for the American market with the style and pizzazz one would expect from one of the biggest names in the Italian yacht industry.

Other Choices: Interested yacht shoppers may also want to look at the Monte Carlo 86. If performance is a big factor, the 30-knot Cheoy Lee Alpha 87 will also draw your attention.

For more information, visit Azimut or MarineMax.

See MarineMax Azimut listings.

Written by: Jeanne Craig
Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.