With 12 models from which to choose, the Fly Collection offered by Azimut Yachts is popular with buyers on both sides of the Atlantic. The latest Fly, the Azimut 80, faces plenty of competition in the yachting sector, but she’s stemming it off in a few key ways.
At 82’7” (25.2 meters) LOA and with a beam of 20’3” (6.18 meters), the Azimut 80 offers more interior elbowroom than some similar offerings. The full-height glass just visible outboard of the dining area accentuates it. Azimut further makes the megayacht available with four semi-custom decor packages, all with names echoing the Italian yacht’s heritage. For those of you with classic tastes, there’s Dolcevita and Firenze; if you prefer more modern looks, there’s Portofino and Riviera, the latter of which adorned hull #2, the megayacht that debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Another way that you can put your imprint on the Azimut 80 comes in the galley. It can be an enclosed space or open to the dining area, via a pass-through. Either way, thankfully it’s located on the main deck, with a handy side-deck door for loading provisions or letting odors escape.
Large ports are all the rage aboard Italian yachts and megayachts, and the Azimut 80 is no different. The master stateroom understandably gets the lion’s share of them, with two that open for fresh breezes. The intimate coffee/seating area nestled beneath the five panes of glass are standard no matter what decor package you select. Also noteworthy is how the stateroom is situated. It’s down four steps from the guest staterooms and has a side entry, so that you gain privacy if someone is standing in the hallway. The configuration further allows a washer and dryer, plus shelving, to go behind sliding mirrored doors opposite the entry.
Two VIP staterooms (one shown) and a twin stateroom with a pullman berth comprise the guest quarters aboard the Azimut 80. Padded leather creates a full-width headboard of sorts here, complemented by lacquers and gray-stained oak. The decor of the other staterooms follows suit.
Given that the Azimut 80 is a Fly model, the flying bridge is sure to be the center of activity. The area is huge, occupying 452 square feet (42 square meters). All of the furnishings are modular, and some spots serve double duty, like the dining nook opposite the helm, here shown as a large sunpad. Quite the crowd can spread out on the flying bridge, thanks to barstools that can pull up to a curved Plexiglas bar, another dedicated dining area, and settees. Want a hot tub? Azimut will install one. You’ll never miss your favorite sports team in action, either, thanks to a TV that rises from the same section housing the barbecue. The sliding central soft top provides sun or shade as you so wish, and an additional bimini can extend out from the aft-most section of the top.
Another bimini can shade the foredeck cockpit seating, while sun-worshippers can recline on the sunpads. Drink holders are built in, as are grabrails. It may seem odd to call your attention to the grabrails, but consider that the Azimut 80 is reportedly capable of a 27-knot top end, given 1,550-hp MANs. There are still some large yachts lacking these around their comparable foredeck arrangements.
Bridging the gap between the Azimut 70 and 84, the Azimut 80 offers entry-level megayacht buyers more flexibility than some other builders do. That flexibility also comes in the form of more than just tones and textures. While smaller boatbuilders are increasingly entering this size range, they have their work cut out for them, given what Azimut has made buyers accustomed to having at their fingertips.
The Azimut 80 is offered stateside via MarineMax.