Azimut 55S – a new pearl in the S Collection

| September 24, 2012
Azimut 55S running

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The Azimut 55S revolutionises the traditional spaces with a new layout that sees the three cabins dedicated to the owner and guests located amidships, offering comfort and larger volumes, and with the crew cabin positioned in the bows. There are also new spaces above deck: towards the bows with a sofa looking forward, separated from the large sun deck, and aft with the introduction of the pivoting bathing platform.

With a view to promoting the specific features of the Collezione S, the Azimut Yachts yard has brought into play the greatest energy to breathe life into a project with the same innovative force as underscores the 68S, the first boat in the Azimut sporting collection, and the first Open in history to place the door, open the hard top and insert the windows in the hull. Today, it is the Azimut 55S that innovates, surprises and revolutionises the sector.

Azimut 55S External Detail

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The revolution starts from below the waterline, and specifically in the engine room, that houses a triple Volvo IPS-1 system: three 435 hp engines with pod and double counter-rotating propellers placed at the front. The choice of the Volvo Penta system in this unusual configuration was fundamental for the dynamics of the project. Compared to the same power output from just two engines, the triple installation makes it possible to reduce the bulk and length. Moreover, since it involves a vertical transmission with pods, and not in-line propeller shafts, it was possible to place the engines right aft and assure the space needed to include a garage able to stow a 2.85 m tender.

The total power output of 1,305 hp in new Azimut 55S is accompanied by limited overall weight, thanks to the use of glass-carbon composite for large areas of the deck and deckhouse and, above all, thanks to the making of structural parts in pure carbon fibre. An innovation that the yard has introduced to strengthen and at the same time reduce the weight of these structures by 37%. The use of glasscarbon composite has resulted in an overall reduction in the weight of the hull by 10% compared to a hull of equal size made from traditional fibreglass.

Azimut 55s – sport performance

The sporty performance is proved by a top speed of over 36 knots, as shown by the sea trials undertaken. Moreover, the choice of three engines rather than two opens a vast chapter of benefits: at comparable horsepower, three engines weigh less than two, consume less than two and produce fewer emissions. If one engine should break down, the remaining output will be two-thirds of the total (whereas with two engines, it would be halved). Three turbo-charged engines have less inertia than two and respond more quickly, with increased reactivity and sense of sportiness. And finally, the distance between the two external engines, and thus between the two external pods, is greater. This allows for increased effectiveness in manoeuvring, especially in mooring.

Stefano Righini, Azimut’s long-standing designer, has taken the opportunity offered by the new  layout to optimise and innovate all the spaces aboard, starting with the stern. Wholly new, original and innovative, the bathing platform appears at first sight to be a normal teak platform jutting out about a metre over the sea. But a simple press of the button transforms the zone: the garage door, which is fixed to the bathing platform in an L shape, opens and bends towards the sea. As a consequence, the original bathing platform in Azimut 55S dips into the sea and disappears underwater, replaced a few seconds later by a new bathing platform (the internal part of the door, which is also panelled in teak), which thrusts out almost two meters over the sea. To launch or retrieve the tender, one need only slope the door/bathing platform further and make the boat slide over special rollers.

It is rather inappropriate to speak of “inside” and “outside” as though they were two distinct settings in a boat of the Collezione S. The opening of the sliding hard top, available either in GRP or with large glass panels, makes it effectively a single space, thanks also to a continuity of design, style, materials and colours that are identical in both the saloon and the cockpit. Here, the large teak table can be lowered electrically to the level of the C-shaped sofa. In this way, with the addition of cushions, the dining area can be transformed into an enormous area in which to relax and take the sun.

The main deck of Azimut 55S is formed of a single uninterrupted level. On top of assuring greater comfort and safety, the lack of steps has enabled the designers to include a forward-facing sofa in front of the windscreen, thus adding a new setting (unique in this category of boat) in the forward relaxation and sunbathing space.

The crew’s cabin in new Azimut 55S is located right in the bows, with access from the main deck through a hatch. Its positioning here gives the owner a greater degree of privacy, as it avoids the crew-member having to pass through the cockpit to reach his accommodation. At the same time, it also offers the crewmember greater privacy, as the bow area is generally visited less, especially in port during the evening.

As a result of the moving of the crew accommodation, the VIP cabin, third cabin for guests and Master cabin can be moved aft, being located amidships where they benefit from greater volumes, the widest point of the Azimut 55S and greatest stability.

Azimut 55S - Owner Cabin Dinette

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The lighting panels are full height in all the cabins, while the luminosity attains new levels with a new design for the horizontal windows in the hull, providing a generous amount of daylight in both the VIP and guests’ cabin. The Master cabin also has the traditional six hull windows on each side of Azimut 55S, providing an unparalleled amount of light.

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