Azimut Atlantis 50
Here is a yacht that looks like it means business, whether charging over open water at better than 30 knots, or sitting calmly at anchor in some sandy lagoon. Look at her aggressive posture, angular detailing, and streamlined shape—even if you knew little about express cruisers you’d probably guess this one is from Italy. And if the Atlantis brand is unfamiliar to you, look a little more closely: Underneath the badge on the side it also says, in polished stainless steel, “Azimut.”
This is a boat conceived to compete on a different playing field, and like many recent midrange sport cruisers she comes with a choice of layout options on both decks. Most straightforwardly, you can have her with either two or three cabins; the lower dinette in the standard, two-stateroom version, on the starboard side opposite the galley, can be fitted out, if you prefer, as a small twin-bunk cabin. Two cabins or three, four berths or six—that’s a pretty significant choice to make. But it’s nothing compared with the main deck, where the yacht is available with an open-backed hardtop—the appropriately-named Open version of the Azimut Atlantis 50—or the Coupé version, with sliding glass doors to create an enclosed deck saloon. Both versions have a garage capable of swallowing an 8-foot tender, and both also benefit from a remarkably intelligent cockpit-seating module.
The Azimut Atlantis 50 is built at Azimut’s factory in Avigliana, and receives, we are assured, exactly the same level of attention in terms of design, fit-out, and engineering as the parent marque. And that’s pretty clear when you step aboard—there are the big, chunky stainless steel handrails, several sizes larger than they really need to be; a signature of Azimut yachts. The saloon cabinetry is beautifully finished and not made of fiberglass, as you might expect, but of old-school, lacquered plywood. There is hidden quality, too, in the hull’s vinylester-resin outer skin and its vacuum-infused laminate.
The twin 600-horsepower, six-cylinder Cummins diesels drive conventional prop shafts through V-drive gearboxes. It’s a tight installation thanks to the encroachment of the tender garage, but the engineers have planned it well and access to filters, fuel-water separators, dipsticks, and header tanks is okay. We tested the yacht at Azimut’s facility in Savona, on a typically balmy day with light winds and 1- to 2-foot seas, which offered few challenges. Acceleration was brisk, top speed was more than 32 knots, and the 50’s handling was taut and predictable. The turning circle felt pretty tight, with a comfortable angle of heel, while the shafts’ grip on the water induced a pleasurable sense of security. Winding on excessive helm soon became counterproductive, shedding speed without significantly increasing the rate of turn, and I soon learned to moderate my control inputs to get the best out of the boat. The engineers said they’d be adjusting the rudder stops to limit their angle to about 20 degrees, which should sort the problem. Once I’d figured it out, the boat gave us a fun ride.
A sports machine, designed to reward her driver with precise control and a mean turn of speed, the Azimut Atlantis 50 is also a luxury yacht, intended to pamper and cosset—which she does. And she’s a quality product as well, put together by people who really know what they’re doing. But above all, the Atlantis 50 is a yacht that looks like she means business, and she delivers.
MarineMax, 631-424-2710; www.azimutyachts.com
: 46,120 lb. (full load)
: 449 gal.
: 111 gal.
: 2/600-hp Cummins QSC8.3 diesels
: $1,010,000 (duties paid – CIF Miami)
: ZF 285 IV, 2.01:1 ratio
: 25 x 33 5-blade Nibral
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.