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Savoring the Azimut 85 Ultimate

Founded 30 years ago on the determination of one man to be at the forefront of motoryacht development, Azimut has become one of the premiere names in luxury yachts. Paolo Vitelli formed his company in 1969 to import fine yachts from companies like Camper Nicholson and Beneteau into Italy but, in 1974, he launched his own line of Italian-built yachts and has never looked back. In the years since, Azimut has set new standards, built the largest fiberglass yacht of its time, and acquired the prestigious Benetti Shipyard which builds megayachts of more than 200 feet.

Azimut, like Ferretti, has taken aim at the American marketplace but in an entirely different direction. While Azimut yachts have been marketed by yacht brokerage firms in the past, an announcement in November sent a stir through the industry: Azimut had joined forces with Sea Ray to market the Italian yachts throughout the U.S. via selected Sea Ray dealers. Arguably the largest boatbuilder in the world, the pact not only gave Sea Ray dealers an extended line of yachts up to 100 feet, but it provided a network of Azimut service and support unavailable to buyers of any other imported yacht. In one fell swoop, Azimut had achieved a nationwide penetration of the U.S. market through a chain of experienced and well-established dealers.

Among the many Azimut offerings that they will be showing is the new 85 Ultimate, a yacht from the recognizable hand of Stefano Righini, with an luscious interior by Carlo Galeazzi. From the reversed transom that hides a garage for the tender to the whirlpool spa on the bridge, the Azimut 85 Ultimate has all the luxurious trappings of a megayacht in a size that is accessible to most American harbors.

The aft deck is protected by the bridge overhang, and has twin staircases leading to the swim platform as well as built-in lounge seating around an exquisite inlaid teak table.

Curved electric salon doors glide open at the touch of a button to eliminate the usual struggle with heavy doors, revealing an open and airy salon with warm cherrywood glowing under layers of silky varnish. Twin suede couches face each other on each side, with a large screen TV hidden behind tambour doors in a cabinet to starboard along with a hidden refrigerator and bar storage.

Forward is an area set aside for a dining table with eight chairs, and cabinets to store the standard set of Azimut-logoed dishes, glasses and cutlery for ten. Opposite is the compact galley, which is separated from the salon and the dining area by a counter that allows the area to be closed off by a sliding panel so your guests don t have to watch the shrimp being peeled. The countertop is Bianco marble and G.E. appliances include a four-burner cooktop, refrigerator/freezer, oven/microwave, and dishwasher. A day head is across from the galley, and serves as a natural divider to separate the pilothouse from the entertainment areas.

The lower helm is futuristic with a leather captain s chair behind a white circular dash inset with burled cherry panels that hold a full complement of standard electronics facing the skipper. Opposite the helm is a curved sofa with a cocktail table for guests, and the area can be closed off when desired.

The staterooms, reached via a circular stairwell off the lobby between the galley and pilothouse, continue the warm cherry joinery with Italian marble counters. The master suite is aft, with a centerline queen-sized berth under a high sculptured ceiling, a loveseat to port, and a vanity to starboard. This suite is insulated from the midship engines by a spacious walk-in closet to starboard, with built-in Lucite-panelled bureaus, and the large head to starboard with twin sinks, toilet and bidet, and a Jacuzzi bathtub.

The VIP cabin is forward with a double berth, hidden vanity, bureau, and ensuite head with shower stall. The two guest cabins to port and starboard are identical, each with a pair of single berths and ensuite heads with shower stalls.

Azimut 85

Regardless of the opulence of the interior areas of the yacht, it is on the flybridge where the 85 Ultimate reveals its true nature as a yacht born for fun and relaxation. Guests can reach the bridge either by stairs on the port side deck near the cockpit or via the spiral staircase in the salon. The helm is forward to starboard, with wide bench seats on both sides behind a dark tinted windscreen. Just aft of the helm is a wet bar with refrigerator and built-in barbecue grill hidden under a fiberglass countertop. A circular sunpad is in mid-cockpit, with a curved settee and a teardrop-shaped table for alfresco dining. The table can be enlarged to seat ten by adding a panel that stores neatly under the sunpad, and the entire aft deck is dedicated either optional storage for a pair of personal watercraft with an Italian Bitecnomarine davit or the standard hydromassage spa surrounded by more sunpads and protected by stainless steel rails.

In typical European fashion, the two crew cabins are aft on each side of the transom garage. The crew cabin to port has Pullman berths and a head with shower, while the captain has a single berth to port, also with full head. A control room is separated by a soundproofed door, with the CruiseAir air conditioning and main electrical panel, as well as a workbench.

Standard power on the 85 Ultimate is a pair of MTU 12V2000 M90 1350 horsepower diesels that give this Azimut a top speed over 28 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots. Two 32kW Kohler generators are insulated in sound shields, and the yacht has a 220v/110v shore power system. A comprehensive electro-hydraulic system is located in the control room and provides power to raise the two stairways on the transom to reveal water toy lockers, lower the built-in swim stairway, open the door over the transom garage, and even retrieve the tender by remote control.

Azimut has a U.S. package that upgrades the galley with G.E. 60 Hz. appliances, increases the generator size over the European version, and adds a number of amenities such as a central vacuum system, Glendinning Cable Master reels, and provides U.S. TV/VCRs in the staterooms and salon.

With the features of a megayacht in a package that American buyers will find appropriate for U.S. waterways as well as the backing of the new Azimut/Sea Ray alliance, the 85 Ultimate is a luxurious and very appealing yacht.

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