2015 50' Azimut Flybridge "M/Y AHAVA"
CAPTAIN MAINTAINED - SEAKEEPER - FULLY LOADED
Azimut’s 50' means business, with its tinted mirror glass and huge flybridge tipped with space-age fins. A hydraulic swim platform is standard, as is a luxury-oriented three-cabin layout, and the yacht has been designed around a pair of powerful 670-horsepower Volvo D11-670 diesels, producing hot handling and a nifty turns at high speeds. Resin-infused lamination saves weight and adds stiffness to an efficient and easily driven hull with a 12-degree deadrise aft.
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LEADING LUXURY YACHT BROKERAGE - FOUNDED IN 1945
Allied Marine is one of the largest, best established and most respected luxury yacht brokerage and yacht charter companies in the world. Since 2008, Allied Marine has been a dealer of the Ferretti Group brands, a world leader in designing, building and marketing luxury motor yachts. Allied Marine is the exclusive dealer for Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Riva, Mochi Craft; and an authorized dealer for Custom Line and CRN.
The 50’s three-cabin layout, with its lower-deck galley, places the emphasis on the master and VIP. The guest cabin has full length bunk a plentiful 6 foot 7 inches of headroom in the entrance area. The open-plan galley, meanwhile, has an abundance of light and standing room, not to mention a useful opening porthole and a good volume of stowage.
The master stateroom is an impressive full-beam suite set deep into the hull mid ship, with generous windows, a roomy head compartment, and a full-size, low-level berth. Azimut takes detailing and fit-out seriously, and the beautifully crafted slide-out vanity unit on the port side of the master suite is a prime example.
Up in the bow a comfortable VIP and it is equally well endowed for stowage. Both here and the master's the big double berths lift on gas struts to reveal veritable caverns beneath, while there are numerous additional lockers, drawers, and cubbyholes. The forward head, with its roomy shower compartment, has en suite access to the VIP, and also doubles as a dayhead.
Putting the galley on the lower deck creates space for a comfortable raised dinette opposite the helm, offering excellent views. The overall effect is spectacular, helping to create an unusually bright and comfortable deck saloon, with its discrete seating areas a sofa-bed conversion on the starboard side. The living spaces are beautifully built with contrasting tones and textures, and lots of pleasing detail.
A spacious cockpit, protected by the long overhang of that enormous flybridge; which covers some 200 square feet, is complemented by an equally generous foredeck seating area, with a separate sofa and sun-bed.
There is a huge storage area that is installed in the space beneath the cockpit sofa. The hydraulic platform can handle tenders up to 10 feet 6 inches long that weigh as much as 770 pounds.
With the generator aft, the engine room is remarkably well organized and soundly outfitted. The motors are well spaced and mounted flat to ease servicing access, driving through V-drive gearboxes. Acceleration is effortless and, in the mid-rev range, remarkably rapid. Torque where it’s needed helps make this a brilliantly responsive driver’s boat, helped by lively steering and an instant, enthusiastic helm response. It’s a much more enjoyable drive than any family fly-bridge boat has any right to be.
The minimum planing speed of 16 knots, with a little trim-tab assistance, ensures a versatile and practical speed for cruising, and from here on up to 28 knots the 50 returns good fuel efficiency and useful range.
A top speed of over 32 knots with a full load of water and a one-third load of fuel, the 50 really proved to be great fun on the water.
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