Azimut 50 Flybridge — By George L. Petrie —
For a weekend fling or a summer-long cruise, this pretty 50-footer has secret spaces for all your favorite things.
I found a lot to like about Azimut’s 50 Flybridge. Sightlines from the lower helm are excellent; there’s only a single, narrow mullion in the windshield, and the forward side windows are at eye-level from the helm. The aft side windows are a bit lower, giving guests in the saloon a great view from the plush Ultraleather settees, and affording good visibility while docking alongside a pier, and sightlines aft are great, thanks to the full-width glass panels and sliding glass door to the cockpit.
Our test boat had the
two-stateroom, two-head layout, which offers an exceptionally spacious
galley on the lower deck, only three steps lower than the saloon, so the
chef can still converse with guests. And directly above is the large,
sloping windshield, flooding the cooking area with natural light. Two
large, circular portholes alongside rich-looking, black molded countertops
offer more light and air, while recessed fixtures provide task lighting
for the chef’s toils.
In the three-stateroom layout, the galley is about half this size, yielding just enough space for another small stateroom with bunks. Personally, I’d opt for the two-stateroom layout and leave the kids at home for the weekend. But in either configuration, the layouts of the master and guest staterooms are the same; both are big and bright with three-sided access to double berths.
Located beneath the raised helm, the guest stateroom offers at least 6'6" headroom and more than ample sitting headroom above the berth. Guests will appreciate the privacy of the adjoining head, which allows entry from the stateroom or (as a day head) directly from the main passageway. Teak soles in the head and the separate shower area add a classy touch, as does the polished glass countertop, complete with a household-size under-mount stainless steel sink. Above the sink there’s a mirrored panel that serves as a door to the medicine cabinet, and when the panel is slid to the side, it also covers a porthole, offering privacy to anyone using the facilities. Clever. Above the cabinet, though, there’s a quirky feature: An overhead bin that offers nice stowage for extra towels or paper goods. But its door is in the underside of the bin. I couldn’t figure out how you could open it without spilling the contents. A vertical flip-up door, similar to the overhead cabinets in the galley would work better.
Buffered from the guest stateroom and the galley by two heads, the master stateroom, all the way forward, is a private oasis with an astounding amount of stowage. Along each side of the centerline double berth are two, 24"x18" eye-level cabinets, plus under-counter bins for your wallet, camera, cellphone, and such. To starboard, there’s a full-height, 30-inch-wide hanging locker and an adjoining cubby with three shelves (each about 2'x2'x1'); a great place for stowing extra towels, blankets, and other stuff that finds its way aboard. Alongside the locker is a full-height cabinet, 24 inches wide, with three drawers and three deep shelves; plenty big for a weeklong getaway.
But the slickest feature of the stateroom is built into the aft bulkhead. Gently tugging on a tiny cloth tab deployed a small fold-up dressing table, complete with built-in makeup mirror and lights. Folded up, it disappears into the beautifully lacquered panels on the bulkhead.
This article originally appeared in the October 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.