Launched in 2004, the Azimut 75 is a 75-foot luxury flybridge motor yacht with a sleek and sinuous Stefano Righini-designed exterior and plenty of outdoor space. A smaller version of the popular Azimut 98, the 75 strikes a similar balance between high performance speed and handling, and the sort of luxury and amenity expected of a super-yacht. The vessel was met with immediate acclaim upon its release, winning the “Millennium Yacht Design Award” at the 2005 Italian Sea-Tec Awards. Though no longer produced by the Avigliana and Viareggio, Italy-based boat building firm, the Azimut 75 continues to cast a spell over those looking for used or charter yachts.
The layout of the open or hard-top flybridge takes its cues from the swooping lines of the yacht’s exterior. A gently curving teak-lined staircase leads you onto a full-beam space that boasts a rounded sunpad and a curved, C-shaped sofa to starboard. On the port side there is a wet bar with a pair of fridges, an icemaker and an electric grill, as well as corner sunbed. At the front of the flybridge is a helm sofa and a full set of upper piloting controls, while at the rear there is a space for tender storage and a hydraulic crane.
On the main deck you will discover a sheltered aft cockpit with a transom dining sofa, steps down to a swimming platform and, out on the foredeck, a raised sunpad ideal for soaking up the sun. Interiors are the work of trusted Azimut partner Carlo Galeazzi, who has crafted a cool and contemporary look for this yacht. Surfaces abound with satin-finished cherrywood, sculpted leather, stainless steel, plush flax carpeting and glossy fiberglass for a classic and sedate feel. There are masses of glazing on the sides of the cockpit, including four dramatic rear windows each featuring a single pane of sculpted glass in the shape of a cresting wave. The aft salon boasts two side sofas, a pair of armchairs and a bespoke glass coffee table, and directly connects to a dining area large enough for an eight-seater table. The galley is enclosed on this model for private food preparation and hosts stainless steel worktops that can be swapped out for granite or marble, Miele appliances and a four-zone ceramic or electric hob. Separated from the rest of the cockpit through the use of sliding, rice-paper partition walls, the pilothouse features a Treben leather sofa to port and a Raymarine-equipped dashboard to starboard.
Lower-deck space has been arranged in an ever-popular four room layout, and each cabin comes with its own en suite. A pair of twin Pullman cabins and a master V-berth towards the bow take up the front half of the yacht, while positioned amidship is a full-beam, owner’s stateroom with scallop-shell windows. This room is large enough to include a king-sized island bed with a pair of bedside tables, a work-desk, two armchairs, a walk-in closet and a large, marble-clad bathroom with vanity mirrors and a sauna-style shower cubicle.
The Azimut 75 is powered by twin MAN LE404 V-Drive engines for top speeds in excess of 35 knots. With a fuel tank holding 6000 liters, this yacht has an impressive range of around 500 miles at pacey cruising speeds of 26 knots, more than enough to complete your tour of the Cyclades or Windward Islands.