Boat Test #1412
If you’re going to dream, dream big!! That’s what the Azimut Yachts 55S is all about: big dreams!
At over 56 feet, this sport yacht from Azimut offers a whole new way of experiencing the open waves, with not two but three engines that push the carbon fibre hull up to 35 knots.
From the large swim platform, raise the garage door and easily launch the dinghy to explore the anchorage or go fishing at will. Back on board, the aft deck features a large l-shaped bench up the port side that’s perfect for outdoor entertaining a family, or friends from other yachts in the anchorage.
When you step through the large glass door into the cabin and you’ll notice the design is contiguous sharing a common design palette and detailing: teak flooring, sofas, and cushions. Pure class both inside and out. While you may be physically inside, you’ll feel like you’re still outside with the wraparound windows that go right from the top of the couch or counter to the ceiling and the overhead glass retractable sunroof. The flat screen TV neatly drops into a cabinet in the aft starboard corner of the cabin. At night, overhead lights brighten the space beautifully.
Beam: 15’ 7” / 4.75 m
Draft: 3’ 9” / 1.14 m
Displacement 23.22 T
Fuel: 423 gals / 1,600 L
Water: 156 gals / 590 L
Engines: 3 Volvo D6-IPS @435HP each
Max Speed: 35 knots
Cruising Speed: 30 knots
The main deck features two optional layout choices: a double wide sofa at the wheelhouse or two individual captains’ chairs side-by-side. The galley is to starboard and cleverly disappears under a fold down countertop for entertaining. A u-shaped sofa and dinette for six complete the port side. Simple, clean, and functional but elegant.
Down below you’ll find three cabins with sleeping accommodations for up to six. The master stateroom, which Azimut calls the Owners’ Cabin, is amidships and offers views out both the port and starboard side large windows. The layout features a queen island berth off to starboard and a two seater dinette to port. The dinette is perfect for your laptop, a quiet reading space or a private breakfast. The guest v-berth is forward and features an island bed. The second guest stateroom features two single beds convertible to a queen. Both guest cabins feature tons of natural light pouring in through the large windows and port-lights.
No detail was spared in the heads which feature separate showers, raised vacu-flush toilets, beautiful cabinetry and modern washbasins all bathed in overhead light. While you don’t spend a lot of time onboard in here, a spacious head makes a big difference when you’re out for a week long cruise or more.
There’s an additional crew cabin far up the bow just behind the anchor locker and in front of the forward guest cabin, that sleeps one and is self-contained with head, shower, sink and fold-down single bed. Power is supplied in a unique configuration by three Volvo D6-IPS 600 engines and affords a top speed of 35 knots, with a comfortable cruising speed of 30 knots.
If you’re ready to stop dreaming and start living out your dreams, then a thorough review and test ride of the Azimut 55S just might be in order.
By Brad Roberts