Of all times for the temperatures here in the northeastern USA to take a ten-degree dive, it had to be yesterday. Yet there we were, about two dozen of us, gathered (some huddled) on the foredeck of Vivere in New York City’s Surfside 3 marina at sunset, listening to the traditional christening toast. Smiles and laughter all around. The speech ends, and the owners get some last-minute pointers on how to break the bubbly across the bow of their new Azimut 116.
Except the bubbly doesn’t break. It doesn’t even bounce. No, the bottle slips right out of the wife’s hands and straight down into the water. She quickly glances at Matthew Barbara of Surfside 3, who had just delivered the toast, and immediately starts to laugh. Without missing a beat, Barbara quips to all of us, “Imagine the surprise they’ll have in St. Barts when that washes up in four months!” To which Andrew Schneider, also of Surfside 3, quickly replies, “Nah, it won’t even make it out of Brooklyn!”
All kidding aside, Vivere, which means “living” in Italian, should let her owners live it up. This being the flagship in Azimut’s flybridge range, the yacht has a few standout features. For one, the master stateroom has three large oval ports to each side for taking in the view. Four guest staterooms mean there’s room for friends or family. And whether it’s up on the flying bridge or on the sunpad and settee on the foredeck, there’s also room to relax in the sun. (You’ll have to take a closer look at the photo supplied by Azimut to see, since my camera batteries decided to go south just as I arrived at the dock.)
And you just know the next time champagne is served onboard, it’ll be in a glass that won’t dare break.