Azimut Atlantis 34By Alan Harper
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature: 72°F; humidity: 66%; seas: 1'
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST86 gal. fuel, 49 gal. water, 5 persons, 250 lb. gear.
TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS
Test Engine: 2/220-mhp Volvo Penta D3 diesels
Price as Tested: $380,000 approx.
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Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Raymarine GPS display. GPH taken via Volvo display.
Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.
Sound levels were measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT
NOTEWORTHY OPTIONS: Teak-laid cockpit and platform ($11,775)
4-hp Side Power bow thruster ($6,675)
Lenco electric trim tabs ($2,625)
bow cushions ($2,625)
Waeco cockpit fridge ($1,575).
Better Boat: Engineering Costs
The Azimut Atlantis guys described their new baby as “aggressively priced,” in response to persistently tough trading conditions. In European terms, they explained, the 34 comes out about 15 to 20 percent more expensive than true mass-production rivals like Jeanneau, Beneteau, and Bavaria, but cheaper, by the same sort of margin, than fairly swish Italian brands like Sessa.
One way to keep the base price low is to make everything except the engines and the anchor an optional extra. But that doesn’t work as well as it used to, especially not in the U.S., since consumers expect a higher level of standard equipment than ever. The other way is to build intelligently. Azimut knows a thing or two about putting boats together, but for the Atlantis 34 it sought out the expertise of Seaway in Slovenia, a specialist design and engineering outfit whose impressive portfolio includes work for the likes of Jeanneau, Sea Ray, and Monte Carlo Yachts, among many others, as well as its own award-winning Greenline brand of hybrid craft.
Seaway designed and engineered the Azimut Atlantis 34’s build processes, with vacuum-infused molding, and self-contained interior modules that are assembled, plumbed, and wired before being lowered into the hull and plugged in. Then the deck is lowered into place. As well as being efficient, it’s a method that should also guarantee quality, as it gives the assembly crews space to do their work.
This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.