The Azimut 46 is a 48-foot flybridge motor yacht produced by the Italian boat building firm between 1996 and 2006. This vintage model still impresses today with its streamlined and curvaceous Stefano Righini-designed exterior, a wealth of outdoor space and high-performance engines. Though no longer produced as new, the Azimut 46 remains popular on the used and charter markets, with many older models lovingly maintained by their owners.
The open-top flybridge comes with a Bimini roof for shelter and a curved Venturi windshield for protection from spray, and features a pair of curving leather sofas in a half-moon shape surrounding a central wet-bar console with an electric grill. There is also room at the rear to store water tenders or to add further seating, while the upper helm benefits from a central position for superb visibility. One level down and you will discover a sunpad out on the foredeck, as well as a teak-lined aft-deck with a transom sofa and space for a breakfast table. Side steps lead down towards a full-beam swimming platform that doubles as a tender lowering system.
Internal spaces on the Azimut 46 benefit from double-height oval windows that allow the natural light to stream in and illuminate the cherrywood cabinetry, burlwood accents, leather furnishings and upholstered wall panels. Upon entering the salon through sliding glass doors, you will find a U-shaped sofa with a matching coffee table to starboard, sitting directly across from a loveseat and a curved cabinet. Towards the front there is also a starboard side main deck helm station with a double sofa-style piloting chair, power steering and Garmin or Autohelm navigational equipment.
On the lower deck there are a pair of en suite staterooms, including a double berth to the bow with a skylight and raised, knife-insert windows. The lower deck also hosts a dinette with a dining seat as well as a kitchen galley equipped with a double sink, faux-granite worktops and Miele appliances such as a fridge-freezer, three-zone hob and a combination oven. The galley space is generously lit with natural light thanks to six strip mullions built into either side of the hull. There is also a private crew quarters on this level accessible via a transom door for those who require assistance on their trips out to sea.
A pair of 435MHP Caterpillar shaft-drive engines provide top speeds of 29 knots and cruising speeds of 22 knots. At the lower speed of 9 knots the Azimut 46 has an enviable range of around 580 nautical miles, more than enough for your island-hopping adventures around the Mediterranean Sea. A Bernard Olesinski-designed modified V-hull, meanwhile, is superbly balanced in a range of conditions and proves slippery while accelerating through the waves. Contact your SI Yachts Sales Professional today to learn more about what used Azimut Yachts are on the market and available for you to see.