Making its stateside debut at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Azimut 66 proves that exquisite design isn’t limited to land-based locales.
By Diane M. Byrne
Multimillion-dollar homes aren’t the only places to find top-of-the-line furnishings these days, as is evidenced by Azimut Yachts, which pulled a number of pieces from the Salone del Mobile Milano, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious furniture exhibitions, to outfit its new 66 flying-bridge motoryacht. The result is a well-appointed vessel that exudes Italian style and design, from its outside lines straight through to the master stateroom below deck.
Not only will you find tables, sofas, lamps and more by prominent Italian brands aboard the Azimut 66, you’ll also find modern Italian aesthetics. For example, Azimut used oak, sycamore and maple throughout the main cabin, each with a hand-applied glossy finish, a staining process that takes up to three weeks to complete. Since Azimut lets its customers modify various aspects of its original designs to suit their lifestyles, as an alternative, the 66 can feature a lighter decapé oak, accented by high-gloss ebony inlays. Whichever you choose, dimmable LEDs tucked behind the curtains accentuate the wood tones and the contrasts among the other materials.
The Azimut 66 makes it easy to entertain friends and family with accommodations for up to six guests in four staterooms on the lower deck. The master cabin spans the full beam in the center for an extra-spacious feel. The bed, a plant-sourced memory-foam mattress, is directly beneath a picture-window-like port. To round out your personal quarters, choose between Roman or Venetian wood blinds.
Though the interior design nuances let you make the Azimut 66 suit your style, you’ll want to spend most of your time on the flying bridge, which measures 301 square feet, larger than that of any similar-size yacht. Sunning takes place next to the helm, when you cover the dinette with a sun pad. The dining area is in the center of the deck, with a bar just steps away. As for the lounging space, it’s fully aft; Azimut can arrange it with settees and sun pads, or as an extra cooking spot. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and sip some prosecco. azimutyachts.com