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Azimut 62S By Alan Harper — June 2006

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A noted Italian builder designs one racy, head-turning, sleek sport cruiser.

   
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Venture aft down three steps, and you are in the superb owner’s cabin, which is almost as large as the 68S’ and features the same excellent dinette on the starboard side, where you can relax in comfort for breakfast and admire the seascape through those large and distinctive hull windows.

Obviously this is also a great place to sit while underway—though if you’re the owner you’ll want to be at the helm as well, because the 62S is a great driver’s boat. With 24 degrees of deadrise amidships easing back to 19 degrees aft, this hull can claim far more deep-V credibility than the heavier 68S. And although 2,030 hp courtesy of twin Caterpillar C18s, matched to V-drives and straight shafts, gives the boat a marginally less favorable power-to-weight ratio, she does have rudders and props that seem to be a perfect match for hull and machinery, and underway she has the feel of a real thoroughbred. Acceleration is exceptionally rapid up to 25 knots. The steering is unusually powerful and geared for rapid response, and the hull reciprocates with dramatic angles of heel and a gratifyingly tight turning circle. You need that big sunroof open just to see into the turns—out of the windows there’s nothing but sea.

The sporty feel of a driver’s boat is accentuated by the single helm seat, but there is also a twin alongside for a navigator or two. Just aft is a sizeable dinette with a large, adjustable table—this is the main dining area, after all—and with the glass doors slid open, the main saloon and cockpit more or less merge into one sociable entertaining area, with a sunbed right aft. The stern garage can accommodate either a low-profile RIB or a PWC, but starting with Hull No. 3 there will be a hydraulic swim platform option, which will be the best place to put the main tender.

The whole main-deck layout works well. It’s close to the galley without having the galley take up valuable living space, and with the giant sunroof you can bring as much sky into the picture as you need. But the heart of this boat is below, in that anteroom between the outside the world and the cozy accommodations below decks. It’s what makes the difference between this sport yacht and all the others.

But one intriguing fact about the 62S is this: She’s also available as a three-cabin boat. And guess where the third cabin would go? That’s right, in the space now so elegantly occupied by that wonderful lower saloon. Just say no. If you want a third cabin, buy something bigger. The 62S is pretty near perfect just like she is.

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Gear on Board >> Raymarine Remote Control

One worthwhile option is the Raymarine RNSV5 remote keyboard, which, combined with the Lantic onboard entertainment system, allows you to plan passages or keep track of progress from the comfort of the sofa in the lower saloon, with all nav info projected on the big screen. Remember to make sure someone’s keeping a lookout, though.

MOTRONICA MONITORING SYSTEM
This electronic alarm and monitoring system, housed in a small panel between the two big Raytheon screens (see below left), is your access to all sorts of essential information, such as fuel state and consumption, trim, batteries, alarms, and much more. Like all these things, though, it means scrolling through pages (and pages...) to get to what you want.

SEA ENERGY JOYSTICK CONTROL
Quickly becoming the option of choice among Azimut customers, this simple computerized control system was developed with the builder. A small joystick (aft of the throttle levers, below left) gives automatic positioning using thrusters and engines, with a clever twist-top control which works the same way as a steering wheel. But a quick button-push switches the joystick to control just the bow thruster, with the engines operated on the throttle levers—where traditionalists will insist they should have been all along.

Spotlight on | Lower Saloon

The lower saloon is a terrific area for just sitting around, out of the sun and away from the gaze of quay-side passers-by, and the big projection screen makes it into a private cinema.

Dark weng flooring and joinery make for a dark interior, which might have made things difficult down here for the chef—but for the Plexiglas panel over the galley (not visible), which lets in plenty of daylight to make dicing those shallots a breeze.


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This article originally appeared in the July 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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