The Azimut 45 is a 45-foot flybridge yacht produced by the Italian boat building firm between 2011 and 2016. One of the more compact flybridge models produced by Azimut, the 45 is still large enough for weekend cruising, hosting lavish parties and enjoying the sun on its extensive outdoor spaces. The Azimut 45 was an immediate hit with critics when first launched, winning the title for “Boat of the Year” at the 2011 Vela e Motore awards held in Genoa.
Many prospective yacht owners declare love at first sight when catching a glimpse of this sleek and sporty yacht. A Stefano Righini-designed exterior abounds with soft and graceful curves, oval-shaped side windows and a modular, fiberglass flybridge that seems to float in the air. The flybridge hosts a sprawling seating area tracing the entire starboard side of the deck, with a U-shaped sofa surrounding a teak breakfast table and adjoining a forward-facing sunpad with a cocoon-style ambience synonymous with Azimut Yachts. To port there is an upper helm station and steps back down to the main deck, and though the flybridge is an open-top, it comes with the option for a Bimini roof and an integral Plexiglass windbreak windshield.
On the main deck there is a two-seater sunpad out on the foredeck, safely enclosed by double-height stainless steel guard-rails. The aft-deck cockpit, meanwhile, boasts teak-floors, a transom-sofa, a hydraulic passarelle and side steps down to a swimming platform that doubles as a tender lift.
The main deck internal cockpit has been crafted by Carlo Galeazzi in a restrained and elegant manner, with high quality materials such as Italian carpeting, authentic leather, marine plywood, cedarwood and honey-toned oak providing a plush and comfortable atmosphere. On entering through double sliding glass doors, you will find an L-shaped sofa with a coffee table and an Ottoman to starboard, while to port there is a loveseat, cabinets and a TV stand. At the front of the cockpit there is a raised helm station with Raymarine electronics and superb visibility, while to port you will discover gently sloping steps to the lower deck.
Two staterooms on the lower level provide sumptuous sleeping space for up to four guests. Each room comes with en suite facilities including a circular shower cubicle, and the cabins boast queen-sized island beds and plenty of storage space. The VIP cabin to the bow benefits from a skylight and knife-insert windows, while the amidship Owner’s stateroom features triple mullions. There is also a large kitchen galley on this level, equipped with Miele appliances and a 3-zone ceramic hob. Some owners choose to decrease the size of this generously proportioned galley in order to accommodate a third bedroom with a pair of bunk beds, raising the total overnight accommodation to six.
A pair of 480MHP Cummins QSB 5.9 engines power the Azimut 45 to top speeds of around 32 knots, with cruising speeds clocking in at a swift 27 knots. A fuel capacity of 1300 liters of diesel ensures a cruising range of around 220 nautical miles, ideal for weekend cruising to the destinations of your choice. The use of bow thrusters, Bennett trim tab controls and the option of a Xenta joystick, meanwhile, give this yacht an extra level of agility when negotiating tricky marina entrances or shallow coves.