This quick footer will get you there in comfort, proving in the process that three engines are better than two, not just for obvious reasons. Not one, not two, but three Volvo IPS engines power this sleek and elegant 55ft yacht up to its top speed: a slightly scary 35kts. The garage is wide, if shallow, with lots of room for some toys as well as the substantial rib. On the main deck, unusually, the cockpit is not accessed from both sides of the swim platform.
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And it is delivered with such confidence and panache, especially in the S-class range. And the bow, snub-nosed in profile, an axe-blade edge—no one else would risk something like that. Even the detailing seems daring. There is plenty going on behind the look-at-me exterior, though. The 55S is about as high-tech as production yachts get, with a superstructure made almost entirely of carbon fiber. And she has three engines.
Yep, three. This one fact tends to overshadow every other aspect of this beautifully appointed cruising yacht, with her zebrano veneers and lush leathers, immaculate finish and excellent interior design. Look at that: Three! There is also a generator down there, air-conditioning equipment, a hot-water heater, electrical and hydraulic systems, exhaust trunking, turbochargers, and all the other paraphernalia of a modern engine compartment, closely overlaid by the tray molding that supports the tender.
Basic servicing components—water separators, oil filters, dipsticks—are near enough to the surface, and the primary fuel filters are mounted on the bulkhead in the usual way. However, to do anything major on any of the engines, and particularly the middle one, would be difficult without removing the soft patch overhead, a task usually best left to a boatyard.
For a given power output, three IPS engines are lighter than two. Or more specifically, three 5. The real reason for the triple installation, though, has nothing to do with performance or efficiency. The remarkably compact IPSs are a full three feet shorter than the bigger motors, and three feet of extra volume across the widest part of a foot hull is not to be sneezed at. The engines have to be mounted right astern, so the crew cabin has to be up in the bow. This means, in turn, that the VIP cabin has to be set farther aft than usual, in a wider and roomier part of the hull.
Luckily, the IPS motors are low as well as short, so there is room, just about, for a shallow tender garage over the top of them. So you might go aboard the Azimut 55S expecting her to look bigger, at least down below, than the competition. The VIP, in particular, has something of the feel of an amidships suite, with substantial hull windows, a full-size bed, 6 feet 7 inches of headroom, and two useful hanging lockers.
The head is not especially large, but access is good. Across on the starboard side, and sharing the dayhead with the VIP, the twin-berth guest cabin has just the single hanging locker and additional stowage under the mattresses. It is in the master cabin that the extra hull volume made available by the shorter engine compartment has really been put to work. It is an L-shaped suite, with a good-size head and shower compartment offset on the port side, which allows the sleeping area to span the full beam of the hull.
A big berth 6 feet 5 inches by 5 feet 4 inches is set on the diagonal, while there is an expanse of floor space and a genuinely useful two-seat dinette to port, by the window. There is also plenty of stowage, including a large hanging locker and a vast space under the bed, which lifts up on gas struts. Headroom is a reasonable 6 feet 3 inches. While the real benefit of the small engine compartment makes itself felt on the accommodations level, up on the main deck there are some smart design elements that also conspire to maximize the size of this There is no step between cockpit and saloon, and the glass cockpit door is divided into four sections that slide away over to starboard.
Meanwhile a huge sunroof in the hardtop opens up to the sky. Very cleverly, the side deck to port continues straight down to the aft steps, without invading the cockpit. The convertible saloon sofa on the port side is a typical Azimut touch.
The seat back slides fore and aft and also goes up and down, creating either a raised, forward-facing sofa for use underway, or a comfortable bench seat for the dining table. The galley is similarly deceptive, revealing itself from what looks like a sideboard along the starboard side, and seeming to disappear once the worktops are lowered again. Stowage appears in unexpected places, like the bespoke crockery drawer under the helm seat. With two separate seats and an adjustable wheel, the helm station is strictly business.
Sightlines are excellent, and the Volvo Penta electronics package offers great control. The dash layout is busy but workable, and, in a forgivable outbreak of showboating, surmounted by the three tachometers.
Look again: Three! However many engines you have, it generally takes at least 1,horsepower to make 20 tons of sports cruiser get up and go. This might just have been an instrumentation problem though, because at maximum revs the indicated consumption was bang on the curve. Interestingly, whether due to weight or space considerations, the 55S has a significantly smaller fuel capacity than many of her twin-engine competitors, which is reflected in our calculated range figures.
Underway the Azimut proved lively and responsive to the helm, and remarkably quiet in the saloon with the roof and doors closed, which will make for stress-free passagemaking. That clever sofa comes into its own underway, providing an extra forward-facing seat with great views all round. We had a typical Cannes boat-show load of ten people onboard, but everyone found somewhere comfortable to sit. It was a beautiful day. After a while, the consensus was that we should forget about going back, and just stay out in the bay for a bit.
Life onboard seemed infinitely preferable to the realities on shore. And that, surely, is all you can ask of any boat. Brokerage Listings Powered by BoatQuest.
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Beam 15'5". Draft 3'9". Fuel Capacity in Gallons Water Capacity in Gallons Displacement 41, lb. Style With a Capital S The Azimut 55S shows that forward-looking design can help prove the old saw that good things come in threes.
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Italian builder Azimut has taken a considerable leap into the future with this new design. This is a yard that is constantly looking for new ways to enhance the yachting experience while developing motor yachts that offer excellent reliability and style. Development can often be a difficult path. It is possible to innovate, yet new ideas and concepts have to stand up against what has been done in the past and perhaps more important, they have to convince the buying public of their worth.
55′ 2018 Azimut 55S
Azimut 55 is a yacht that makes an important style statement and was born of a challenge: the desire to combine a silhouette defined by sleek lines, with a warm, cosy alcove inside, featuring soft, flowing shapes. The eyes have no boundaries; you look at the world through the transparency of the waves, and time becomes pure, exclusively yours, making you rediscover the sweetness of living. A sporting style exterior with strong sleek lines. Cocooning interior, the result is a perfect fusion of dynamism and serenity. The big sun lounging area in the bow is designed to act as an oasis of comfort and it draws its inspiration from the idea of a cocoon: an oversize cushion set, defined by soft, circular shapes.
Azimut 55S: in the wake of innovation! The sleek profile of the 55S suggests she can take you far in little time and features large windows that flood the inside with light. Triple IPS propulsion, carbon fibre structural components and style details that both surprise and offer an unparalleled cruising experience. The bow serves as an area for open air cocktails, or a party on the high seas bathed in sunlight before it sets and the stars come out to play.