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Used Yachts – New To Market and Price Reductions October 11 2013

Oct, 10 13 Post by: Rich Lazzara | Comments Off

NEW TO MARKET – This week there are 17 used yachts new to market this week.  SIETE 2002 Benetti 115; AZUL 2012 Benetti 93 and CHIPS AHOY 2010 Ferretti 731 are the most interesting.

PRICE REDUCTIONS –This week there are 27 used yachts with price reductions. MI SUENO 2010 Trinity 190; NORTHLANDER 2009 Moonen 125; IRISH ROVER 2011 Marlow 97 and OUR TRADE 2009 Marquis 72 are the most interesting.

Preview 2014 Azimut Yachts 80

Sep, 27 13 Post by: Rich Lazzara | Comments Off

Azimut Yachts will debut the all new 2014 80 motor yacht at the upcoming Genoa Show in October.  Azimut is a company that continues to do what few other companies in our industry can get nearly everything right.  Their mix of product, branding, distribution and focus allow them to remain one of the few major production yacht companies without significant outside investors. Three of the big four (Sunseeker, Princess, Azimut, Ferretti) have all needed to take on outside investment (note: I don t include Beneteau, even though they are larger than any of the big four because they are just now entering the yacht market and have very few units comparable).  Certainly they are far from perfect (i.e. their current Being Italian slogan, but more on that later) however they ve done more things right than wrong.

The same can be said for the 2014 80.  There are many more things they got right than wrong. Starting with the exterior of the yacht, overall the styling is Azimuts signature styling, contemporary, modern and clean.  The yacht certainly looks fast and sleek even when its standing still.  The main deck window line is one of the most notable changes in the yachts exterior styling  with the large drop down window that goes clear to the deck just aft of midship. The affect of this styling is a very nice large open window that sits just next to the dinning room table inside.

Moving forward on the outside we come to another new area on the foredeck with the built in seating and sunpad.  There are some nice things about this area, specifically the integrated sunshade that covers the people sitting at this area. There are built in cup holders and stainless rails all very nice touches. One oversight is the inclusion of a table or small cocktail tables.

This area is great to enjoy a bite to eat, morning coffee, etc and it needs a small table. Moving to the flybridge we see a some very nice features including a huge retractable hardtop roof, glass bar top, jacuzzi, aft fold out awning  and a table that converts to a sunpad next to the helm.  This area is very well laid out. The teak fronts on the bar certainly look good but on nearly every Azimut I have seen over time these area really show wear quickly.

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Moving inside the yacht this is an area that Azimut exceeds every other production builder in the world hands down.  No company has the ability to mix materials to create the best interior in the production yacht world, period.  The Azimut 80 doesn t disappoint in this area.  The light woods, with dark lacquer and stainless appointments are so very nicely placed.  Overall the layout is very good as well. Four staterooms plus two crew staterooms.  Design that is well done are features like the large window next to the finish of the galley, the day head (very nice to have), the split head in the Master Stateroom and the aft two crew cabins.  Again Azimut gets a lot right on this yacht including the large windows in the staterooms a design trend that continues. The use of marbles and wood in the heads creates a very welcoming and warm yet contemporary feeling.  I especially like the day head sink with is a porcelain cylinder that goes all the way to the floor, very nice.

While they mostly hit the nail on the head with the 2014 Azimut 80, there are some  negatives. For instance the galley is much to small for the American market (which is typical of the Italian yachts). Even if you get the option to open the aft portion of the Galley by removing the bulkhead (which is an option) its the wrong bulkhead to remove.  American buyers want that aft bulkhead in place to separate the Salon from the Galley.  They need to remove the forward bulkhead and open up the space.  In addition they have two helm seats at the lower helm.  An owner or captain will drive from this area less than 5% of the time.  They will have someone sitting with them 0% of the time. The lower helm could be much smaller.

Another complaint is that at 80 feet I wold like to see some sort of garage for the tender or toys.  Its the preferred method of storing these things these days and would have been nice to have. Lastly some small gripes but certainly not deal killers would be the beam is a bit narrow at 19 6 . The trend in motor yachts is wider and it would have been nice to see a 20 beam. And the draft is 5 6 again for the American market, cruising in FL, throughout the Bahamas and what not a 5 draft would have been preferred.

The Azimut 80 is outfitted with twin MAN CR V12 producing 1,550hp each. Azimut publishes a top speed of 30 knots with a cruising speed of 26 knots, both respectable numbers.

Overall though this will be a hugely successful yacht for Azimut and they should be very proud of the accomplishment.  It is a great yacht I congratulate them on a design well done.

As for the Being Italian slogan that I can t congratulate them on.  The desired message of the slogan is not obvious to buyers, prospects or the world.  I know what they are trying to accomplish.  We are 100% Italian, no outside funding (a jab at the competitors), designed in Italy and built in Italy.  But I live eat and breath this industry and have more information than many so I get what they are trying to do.  What does Being Italian mean to most? You tell me. The mob? Eating pasta?Fast cars? A crappy economy? Large families? I don t know but it s not what they intend it to mean.  Why not Pure Italian or Only Italian or Authentic Italian or Simply Italian or Real Italian or Total Italian and just one more.. Unashamedly Italian .

As for me, I m Partially Italian

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