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New Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht

November 26, 2013

Azimut Yachts is proud to present the all-new Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht, boasting a new hull, new design, as well as innovative solutions. A beautiful vessel with plenty of surprises in store, luxury motor yacht 95RPH belongs to the Grande collection, representing the line of 95’-120′ luxury yachts from the Italian builder.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht

The first brand new Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht is coming out in spring 2014; however, thanks to renderings, it is possible to preview some of the boatyard’s interesting solutions that improve functionality without altering the style.

Superyacht 95RPH by Azimut - aft view

Superyacht 95RPH by Azimut - aft view

Foremost among the new features introduced by concept and exterior designer Stefano Righini is the raised wheelhouse. The boat’s name – RPH – actually stands for Raised Pilot House, giving some indication of the importance of the decision to separate the wheelhouse from the main deck. This is accomplished by creating a half deck which gives the boatowner and guests more space and maximises privacy from the crew. The designer has also managed to integrate the raised wheelhouse with the vessel’s hallmark exterior lines, retaining that special Azimut Grande family look.

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - Fly

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - Fly

Thanks to the raised wheelhouse, the Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht has five cabins, four guest cabins on the lower deck and the boatowner’s cabin on the main deck towards the bow. The exceptional view and large bathroom make the boatowner cabin a veritable suite with an unparalleled sea view. There is also a liberating sense of space in the 95RPH saloon; here, Righini has created a real sense of continuity between inside and outside, thanks in part to the double, floor-to-ceiling picture windows.

Luxury yacht 95RPH - Wheelhouse

Luxury yacht 95RPH - Wheelhouse

Another Azimut Grande trump card is without doubt the exceedingly spacious flybridge (+60 m2) – awarded Best in Class; it includes a cushy exterior dinette that seats 10, a mini bar, Spa Pool, and comfortable sunbathing area.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Galley

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Galley

The layout sleeps 10 with the boatowner’s suite and four VIP cabins, each with a private bath; there is also a day head. The four-member crew has three cabins and two baths to the bow, with separate access to the kitchen located on the main deck.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Dinette

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Dinette

The luxurious and elegant interiors are by Studio Salvagni Architetti for Azimut Yachts, a proven collaboration that has led to such successful models as superyacht Azimut 80, Azimut 84, and Azimut 88.

Motor yacht 95RPH - Saloon

Motor yacht 95RPH - Saloon

To the stern, there is a garage with pivoting platform for a + 4-metre tender jet; the engine room has two MTU 16V2000 M84 motors which, when combined with the planing hull with skeg, provides for significantly improved directional stability, enabling maximum speeds of 26.5 knots and cruising speeds of 20 knots. The 12,000-litre fuel tank and 2,000-litre water tank ensure great range, even for long crossings.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Owners Cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Owners Cabin

Superyacht 95RPH - Owners Head

Superyacht 95RPH - Owners Head

Despite being a vessel with an overall length of nearly 29 metres, the Grande 95RPH falls within the 24-metre cut-off and therefore can be registered as a pleasure craft. In many countries around the world this is a distinction which offers the boatowner serious advantages both in terms of crew management and administration, with significant savings in time and money. This is because pleasure crafts do not require a professional captain or engineer and have reduced crew requirements. In addition, the registration procedures are definitely simplified, with the corollary benefits for charter use: regulations are in conformance with MGN280 guidelines, MCA equivalent for under 24 metres.

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - VIP cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - VIP cabin

Superyacht 95RPH - Guest Cabin

Superyacht 95RPH - Guest Cabin

The Grande 95RPH yacht is the Grande collection’s first model since it was incorporated into the Azimut Yachts family, now with five collections: Atlantis, Magellano, Flybridge, S and – of course – Grande.


Length overall 28.62 m (93’11’’)
Beam overall 6.94 m (22’9’)
Draft (at full load) 2.05 m (6’9’’)
Displacement (at full load) 110 t
Engines 2 x 2.200 mHP (1630 kW) MTU 16V2000 M84
Maximum speed (at half load) 26.5 knots*
Cruising speed (at half load) 20 knots*
Fuel capacity 12.000 lt- (3.170 Us gls)
Water capacity 2.000 lt (528 Us gls)
Cabins 5+3 crew
Berths 10+4 crew
Head compartments 6+2 crew
Building material VTR/GRP
Keel deadrise 7.6° AFT
Builder Azimut Yachts
Exterior design and concept Stefano Righini
Interior design and concept Studio Salvagni Architetti

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Azimut.

Mangusta 165 motor yacht SHARQ on display at QIBS 2013

November 13, 2013

Measuring 50 meters in length over all, Mangusta 165 superyacht Sharq is currently being displayed at the very first Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS), which will last until Saturday, November 16. Owned by Katara Hospitality and managed by Sharq Village & Spa, luxury motor yacht Sharq represents the fastest composite Maxi Open Yacht ever built. She features naval architecture by Overmarine and sophisticated exterior design by Stefano Righini Design.

Mangusta 165 Yacht SHARQ at QIBS 2013

Mangusta 165 Yacht SHARQ at QIBS 2013

On board, the 5-cabin layout is the result of the Overmarine Group Design Department, perfectly interpreting the Owner’s requests. The design of the interiors is clean: thanks to the decorative wealth of ebony, Tanganyika wood and leather, creating a unique, contemporary style. The VIP cabin is unusual, being the same size as the Owner cabin.

Superyacht Sharq is run by twin powerful MTU 16V 4000 M93 diesel engines, delivering her an impressive top speed of 40 knots. She can comfortably cruise at 36 knots.

Overmarine Group Mangusta to attend Qatar International Boat Show displaying Mangusta 165 Yacht

October 29, 2013

Overmarine Group | Mangusta, well known all over the world as being a leader in the Maxi Open yachts segment owing to the range and performance of its models, will participate in the inaugural Qatar International Boat Show, running from November 12 – 16, 2013. The company will have a stand in the luxury shipyards area and will be showcasing the current flagship of its fleet, Mangusta 165 yacht.

QIBS 2013

Participation at this boat show consolidates the policy of investments, innovation, extension of the range that the Overmarine Group is currently pursuing, as well as developing its presence on new markets.

“We believe strongly in this first edition,” declared Francesco Frediani, the Group’s Sales Director. “Today, thanks to the incredible development of marinas and tourist ports and its high concentration of wealth, Qatar is a strategic pole for luxury yachting and hence our Group.” He went on to add, “We must not forget that the Mangusta brand is very well known in this area, where we have had considerable sales success. Indeed, the Mangusta 165 on show here is usually proudly displayed in these waters”.

Motor yacht Mangusta 165 will be the largest yacht at the show. With a speed of 40 knots, this model is currently the fastest maxi open yacht in the world. A model that continues to give the Overmarine Group enormous satisfaction, as the 7 yachts delivered since 2007 and a further two currently being built for delivery in 2014 prove.

Superyacht Mangusta 165

Superyacht Mangusta 165

Designed by Stefano Righini in association with the Overmarine Group team, superyacht Mangusta 165 perfectly represents the Mangusta style: a pure balance of shape, clean lines and a sporty profile together with comfort and volume comparable to a three deck yacht of the same size. This is entirely unimaginable from the outside owing to the sporty lines.

On board, the 5 cabin layout is the result of the the Overmarine Group Design Department perfectly interpreting the Owner’s requests. The design of the interiors is clean: thanks to the decorative wealth of ebony, Tanganyika wood and leather, creating a unique, contemporary style. The VIP cabin is unusual, being the same size as the Owner cabin.

The external areas are ideal for when the owner and his family want to relax, and the large flybridge also houses a second helm station.

The boat show will also provide an opportunity for presenting this market with the latest project of the Mangusta Oceano displacement line: a 42 metre yacht in steel and aluminium. The project bears the signature of designer Alberto Mancini, who actually began his working relationship with Overmarine Group | Mangusta for the displacement line with luxury yacht Mangusta Oceano 42.

42m superyacht Oceano 42 by Mangusta Overmarine Group

42m superyacht Oceano 42 by Mangusta Overmarine Group

A careful study of light has been made on board Mangusta Oceano 42 yacht, and she features a new concept which provides for two innovative areas: at bow on the upper deck there is a swimming-pool and infinity effect waterfall and astern there is a hatch which opens onto the sea and features a furnished beach area.

The interiors have been designed to accommodate up to twelve guests and seven crew members in total privacy, ensuring maximum freedom of movement.

Azimut Benetti Group to attend FLIBS with 21 yachts on display

October 28, 2013

The Azimut|Benetti Group will be present at the 54th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), showcasing an amazing fleet of 21 yachts, including the world premiere of the Benetti‘s Vision 145′ charter yacht Checkmate, as well as the US debut of the new motor yacht Azimut 80 by Azimut Yachts. The Group is also growing on an organisational level, with the naming of Eng. Fabrizio Scerch as the new Americas Country Manager for Benetti brand only, and significant changes in Benetti after-sales services. The event will run from October 31 to November 4, 2013.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Main

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Main

One of the most important international shows, the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show is traditionally considered a ‘testing ground’ for industry companies, even more reason for the Italian Group’s wholehearted participation; and, the Group has plenty of surprises in store for the US public.

The majestic Benetti Vision 145’ motor yacht “Checkmate” is making her world debut in Fort Lauderdale and will be one of the stars of the brand dedicated to super and mega yachts. 43.6 meters by 9.26 meters, the 18th model in the Vision collection and the top of the line of the Class Range, this yacht sports an elegant black and white two-tone color scheme. This is a reference to chess (one of the boat owners great passions), and a theme which recurs throughout the furnishing details.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Sundeck from above

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Sundeck from above

Timeless design, superior construction quality, attention to onboard safety and services: all this translates into a design concept that doesn’t skimp on relaxation areas, both inside and out. Among these are: the majestic main sundeck towards the stern designed to accept a solarium; a dining area; a barbecue area; and an open, circular lounge; and on the upper deck, an incredibly dramatic indoor/outdoor dining area with sliding doors.

Checkmate yacht’s four cabins can accommodate up to 10 guests plus one for the owner. There are also accommodations for 10 crew members in four cabins plus one for the captain. The overall exterior concept and design is by Stefano Righini, with the interior concept and design by Francois Zuretti; the interior design, furnishing, and décor is by Joan Brown Interiors. The “very finest” materials have been used to create an ambiance which is at once austere and highly evocative, with combinations of Madrona Burl and Cherry woods, dark neoclassical carvings, and fine marble.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Main Salon

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Main Salon

Azimut Yachts will present the US public with one of the season’s greatest new offerings: superyacht Azimut 80. This is a yacht which first caught the public’s eye at the European boat shows, and further confirmed its popularity by winning the prestigious 2013 World Yachts Trophy, (sponsored by the LuxMedia Publishing Group) for “the most functional yacht in the 24 to 50-meter category.”

Azimut 80 Yacht by Azimut Yachts at full speed

Azimut 80 Yacht by Azimut Yachts at full speed

The new 24-meter yacht Azimut 80 features a layout hinging on four different stylistic proposals, each one distinct in terms of its colors and furnishing: Portofino, Dolce Vita, Firenze, and Riviera. With 4 cabins and 5 bathrooms, it accommodates a total of 8/9 guests, together with 2 cabins for the crew and captain, and a 42 m2 flybridge designed for maximum flexibility of use. Among this impressive yacht’s key features are the two full-height windows in the dining area and the dramatic boatowner bathroom at full beam. The latter is located astern of the cabin and has two entrances, a Spa Pool, central glass shower stall, and double sink in marble, making it practically a SPA.

Superyacht Azimut 80 - Saloon

Superyacht Azimut 80 - Saloon

The flagship of the Azimut Yachts fleet is the Grande 100 yacht; its 31 meters encompass a distinctive character and dynamism all its own among the Azimut Yachts collection of planing yachts over 100 feet.

Azimut Grande 100 Yacht

Azimut Grande 100 Yacht

Yet the news that will have people talking at Fort Lauderdale won’t just be about the “products”; most of all it will be about the Group’s development and reorganization strategy, underway for several months now under the guidance of Ferruccio Luppi, the recently appointed CEO of Azimut|Benetti Group.

The Azimut|Benetti Group has always paid special attention to the USA which it considers to be a strategic and critical market. Today, this attention takes on a new form, specifically with regard to Benetti’s sales and after-sales areas. The goal is to reinforce broker network relationships and significantly bolster the after-sales and “Lifetime Customer Care” processes to better support the boatowner throughout the entire lifecycle of the yacht.

The management of sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction processes has been entrusted to Fabrizio Scerch, who as of 1 September 2013 is the Americas Country Manager at Azimut|Benetti USA Inc.; Tommaso Bilotta and Alberto Perrone da Zara are respectively, the Americas Area Manager and Benetti Sales Director. There is a new operating area for after-sales services coordinated by Alessandro Gallifuoco as Quality and After Sales Manager which is staffed with 23 professionals.

“We pay close attention to brand enthusiasts and boatowners in the USA and around the world,” says Francesco Ansalone, Marketing Director Azimut|Benetti Group. “Over the years this has led us to carry out significant improvements to our services and the quality of our customer support, ensuring a service network which is increasingly diffuse, dependable, and efficient. To accompany and support our clients with their Azimut or Benetti yacht at every point along the way is one of the cornerstones of our philosophy. We are completely committed to satisfying every need to ensure excellent and always accessible service. These are positive values and ones which are inherent to “Made in Italy” quality. Indeed, starting this fall we have launched a marketing campaign based on the simple and effective concept of “Being Italian”, an identity of which we are enormously proud.”

Azimut Yachts at FLIBS 2013

Atlantis Collection

Magellano Collection

Flybridge Collection

S Collection

Grande Collection

Benetti Yachts at FLIBS 2013


US debut for motor yacht Azimut 80 at FLIBS 2013

October 21, 2013

The brand new motor yacht Azimut 80 will make her US premiere at the forthcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Superyacht Azimut 80 represents the first yacht over 72 feet designed entirely at Azimut’s headquarters in Avigliana, Italy.

Azimut 80 Yacht Running

Azimut 80 Yacht Running

Developed on the experience of the recent, larger vessels, the Azimut 80 was developed in the exterior design by Stefano Righini while the design of interiors was handled by Salvagni Architetti. The new model by Azimut has already won a prize: at the recent Cannes Boat Show 2013 has been chosen as the “Most functional Yacht from 24 to 50 metres” in the frame of the 2013 World Yachts Trophy.

Superyacht Azimut 80 is built in CE class “A” and NMMA Certified. The layout comprises 4 cabins, all with bathroom, including the owner’s cabin extending over the full beam. The yacht can accommodate 8 guests and includes an enormous flybridge, designed for maximum versatility of use.

Every lifestyle has its own design

The interior design, developed by Salvagni Architetti, can be proposed on four different styles: from the  more classic Dolcevita and Firenze, to the more contemporary Portofino and Riviera, the main differences laying in the chromatic solutions and in the furniture arrangement. The choice of the four different locations is a clear tribute to a refined lifestyle and a typical Italian taste and inspires nothing but the maximum relax.

Different shades of white and cream have been chosen for the interiors’ palette, creating a well-balanced harmony in which wooden details and decors are inserted, the colors ranging from the softer shades of oak wood, to the darker walnut.

Panoramic windows and maximum convenience for the guests’ cabins revolutionise the way of cruising.

The sense of space in the owner’s cabin and in the splendid bathroom are certainly among the strong points of the yacht, together with the innovative windows offering extraordinary luminosity and an unmatched panoramic view. The five vertical windows effectively transform the bulkheads into a single window for a ‘dive into the ocean’ effect. The owner’s bathroom, covering the entire beam of the yacht and with a double entrance located aft of the cabin, is almost a spa, with a central crystal shower box offering maximum visibility on either side of the bathroom. The opening portholes present in all the cabins offer a high level of natural ventilation.

In the model on show in Cannes, dove-coloured leather panels with a barely hinted padded decoration that becomes lighter and lighter in the various cabins, adorn the bed heads of each cabin. The interior decoration of the new motor yacht Azimut 80 is extremely refined and at the same contemporary, thanks to the combination of fine materials and modern touches: marble for the bathrooms, grey bleached oak alternating with dark wood and painted detailing in the skylights and windows all define a sober, sophisticated atmosphere.

The starboard cabin has two single beds and the possibility of a third fold-down bed, plenty of stowage and a bathroom with separate shower, while the guests’ cabin on the port side has a double bed. There is no lack of large windows and opening portholes. In the VIP cabin located further forward, there is one panoramic window on either side.

A carefully planned lighting design based on LED technology makes possible a sophisticated modulation of the light in each interior space. Moreover, the play of mirrors and the height of the interiors – well over two metres high – ensure a truly exceptional sense of space.

The crew’s cabins are located aft, with direct access from the deck; at the moment, two beds are planned, but the possibility of adding a third is currently being studied.

Superyacht Azimut 80 - Salon

Superyacht Azimut 80 - Salon

Light and comfort are the key concepts underlying the design of the main deck.

The cockpit with teak flooring is extremely spacious and dedicated to socialising, with a large sofa aft and dining table seating eight. The design of two sky-ground windows (1.6 m by 2 m of glass) located in the dining area is very impressive, as it offers a fantastic natural light and breathtaking view.

The galley, fitted with Miele appliances, is available in two versions: enclosed or open-space. In both cases, there is a double access, towards the interior and towards the exterior, to assure maximum independence between guests and crew. The main deck is also equipped with a function day toilet.


The swimming platform measuring almost 9 square metres and the large fly are the pride and joy of the new Azimut 80 yacht.

The swimming platform is incredibly large – almost 9 square metres – and provides plenty of space for the launch and retrieval of tenders exceeding 4 metres in length or of jet skis.

Further forward, the space is divided into a large sun deck that can comfortably accommodate four people, and an area with a ‘C’-shaped sofa just aft of the windscreen, with further storage.

The fly: 42 square metres of versatile space lending itself to a variety of uses. The seating is a combination of ‘L’-shaped sofas that can be configured as desired. Alongside the helm, there are two sofas positioned in a ‘C’ facing the large table seating eight. The fly is an ideal place from morning to evening; a convenient and well-equipped bar unit has a barbecue, refrigerator and sink, but also houses a retractable 42-inch TV and constitutes the base for an elegant Plexiglas bar counter. Further aft, the second area offers maximum flexibility in terms of fittings: it can be left unencumbered, furnished with sofas, set aside for the tender or as a sun deck, or fitted with a hydromassage. The Azimut 80 can also be constructed with an opening hard top and rolling awning towards the stern.

A sophisticated style is assured for the outdoor soft furnishings, lined in technological materials offering a ‘fabric’ effect. Coloured dark brown, they include some padded details.

In the engine room, the two 1550 hp MAN engines provide a top speed of 30 knots. The fuel tank has a capacity of 6,000 litres, while the water tank can contain 1,200 litres. As optional extras, the yacht can be fitted with electric CMC Marine stabilising fins.

Technical Specifications of Azimut 80 superyacht:

Length overall 25.2m (82’8”)
Hull length 23.71m (77’9’’)
Beam (at main section) 6.18m (20‘3”)
Draft (at full load) 1.72 m (5’8”)
Displacement (at full load) 64 t
Engines 2 x 1550 mHP (1140 kW) MAN V12 /2X1800 mHP MAN V12 (opt)
Maximum speed (at half load) 28/31 knots
Cruising speed (at half load) 24/26 knots
Fuel capacity 6000 lt (1585 Us gls)
Water capacity 1100 lt (290 Us gls)
Cabins 4+2 crew
Berths 8/9+3/3 crew
Head compartments 5+1 crew
Building material VTR/GRP
Keel 16.6° AFT
Category A
Exterior design and concept Stefano Righini
Interior design and concept Studio Salvagni Architetti
Builder Azimut Yachts

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Azimut.

Luxury Motor Yacht HARMONY III at Benetti Shipyard in Livorno

October 09, 2013

Luxury Motor Yacht HARMONY III was recently spotted at Benetti‘s shipyard in Livorno, Italy, by a yacht photographer, Roberto Malfatti. Superyacht Harmony III was launched in 2009 by Benetti and measures 43,59m (143’01”) in LOA.

Luxury superyacht HARMONY III - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury superyacht HARMONY III - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Benetti are also responsible for the naval architecture of Harmony III, combined with timeless exterior design by Stefano Righini Design; and Zuretti have created her striking and luxurious interior. Accommodation is provided to 10 people on board.

Luxury yacht HARMONY III - Photo Roberto Malfatti

Luxury yacht HARMONY III - Photo Roberto Malfatti

Luxury yacht HARMONY III - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury yacht HARMONY III - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Azimut Yachts to present three new yacht models at Genoa Boat Show 2013

September 26, 2013

The leading Italian shipyard, Azimut Yachts, will introduce three new models at the next Genoa Boat Show: superyacht Azimut 80, motor yacht Azimut Magellano 53, as well as Azimut Atlantis 50 yacht.


This Atlantis new 15-metre yacht represents a real breakthrough and achievement for the company. Indeed, this is the model which has finally ushered Atlantis in as a part of the Azimut Yachts family.

Azimut Yachts has major news in store for the late summer boat shows. In addition to the three new models, the addition of Atlantis among the Azimut Collections and a new communication strategy launch based on Made in Italy, the real cultural asset of Azimut Yachts.

It is a brand already well-known among open cruiser enthusiasts, and one which is going to be joining Azimut Yachts with all that entails. The Atlantis brands will be joined by the Azimut Flybridge, Azimut Magellano, and Azimut S, bringing to a successful conclusion the “merging” of the Atlantis brand with Azimut Yachts. This means that Azimut Yachts can now introduce five collections under one single brand – Azimut Yachts – making it the world’s most extensive range of yachts up to 120 feet.

The move marks a continuation in the successful evolution of Azimut Yachts, meaning that the Azimut Yachts can now offer the widest possible range of yachts up to 120 feet under a single brand name.

The Azimut Yachts Collections are now five in number: “Atlantis”, dedicated to the production of Open Sport yachts (six models ranging from 34’ to 58’), “Magellano” a modern Italian interpretation of the classic long range (four models from 43’ to 76’), “Flybridge” which includes the classic flybridge planing models (sixteen models from 40’ to 100’), “S” the fast open line (five models from 40’ to 86’), and “Grande”, customizable yachts of lengths exceeding 100’ (four models from 100’ to 120’). Thirty five models, ranging from the smallest 10 metre boat to the 36 metre superyacht, which confirm Azimut Yachts and the Azimut | Benetti Group as the largest yacht builder in the world.

The extension of the Azimut Yachts Collections is the result of a specific strategy, that had its main focus on the decision to concentrate the yacht production in Avigliana and Viareggio, main production sites for Azimut Yachts. Beacon that has guided this choice was the decision to focus on the main characteristics of the Azimut brand, first of all being an Italian company, with ownership Italian, Italian craftsmen and Italian design, so the bulwark of the real Made in Italy.

Being Italian is a privilege and the real secret that has allowed Azimut Yachts to become the leading yacht builder in the world.

In this frame, Azimut has launched an investment program for 29 Millions of Euros, on a three years base (2013-2015). These investments over three years (2013-2015), will be used to improve the already excellent production site of Avigliana, that become central after the recent rationalization of production sites, an increase of R&D to propose always new technologically advanced products and finally, the purchase of a new software management system that minimize the time spent managing “administrative” issues reducing any problems and streamlining ON ordering and purchasing and production processes. The aim is to start a process to perfect the production which will improve the profitability, quality of the product and thus safeguard the quality of the work.

The Made in Italy will be the message to be transferred to the public. The aim of the pertinent communication activity will then transmit this philosophy as a positive values carrier (quality, design, sympathy, innovation) and recognized by the market. The new adv campaign “Being Italian” Being Italian therefore signifies proudly exhibiting the cultural roots of the most beautiful Country in the world, one built on a tradition of passion, creativity, a love for beauty and one used as the starting point for the construction of beautiful and innovative yachts loved by owners throughout the five continents.


Azimut 80: four worlds of wellbeing
The 24-metre Azimut Yachts Flybridge represents a design to embody a lifestyle where comfort and wellbeing merge with a sophisticated and understated elegance. With the success of their prior collaborations in larger models, Stefano Righini exterior design and Achille Salvagni Architetti interior design, team up once again. The result is a design which revolves around four different stylistic proposals, each one distinct in terms of colours and furnishing: Portofino, Dolce Vita, Firenze, and Riviera.

Azimut 80 Yacht by Azimut Yachts at full speed

Azimut 80 Yacht by Azimut Yachts at full speed

The cockpit with teak decking is very spacious and designed for socialising; it includes a large sofa astern and a dining table for eight. Among the most impressive elements are the two, floor-to-ceiling windows (1.6 m x 2 m. of glass) on the dining room wall which provide incredibly natural light and breathtaking views.

The interior layout includes four cabins (all with bathroom), for a total of eight guests, and an enormous flybridge designed for maximum versatility. The boatowner’s bathroom is particularly dramatic; it is at full-beam, with two entrances located aft of the cabin. It is practically a spa, with a Spa Pool and central glassed-in shower stall, ensuring uninterrupted views from one side of the bathroom to the other.

The engine room has twin MAN 1550 hp engines, for a maximum speed of 29 knots. The fuel tank holds 6,000 litres, while the water tank holds 1,100 litres; option for outfitting with CMC Marine electric fine stabilizers.

Azimut Magellano 53: even greater comfort
The pleasure of sailing, the quest for the greater comfort onboard, the need for bigger storage spaces and higher autonomy during long crossing, all merged with the timeless charm of Italian design: that is the new Magellano collection’s philosophy, interpreted, once again at best, by Azimut with the very last Magellano 53, the new model that will replace the 50’ which has already been sold on the most important markets: USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand and – obviously- Europe.

Bigger spaces allows Azimut designer to place in the aft part a crew cabin considerably spacious, as well as to transform the cockpit in an actual terrace (over 13 sqm wide). The Magellano 53 offers three cabins for up to six guests, as well as a high pantry in with enough space to allocate supplies, equipment and, occasionally, an extra emergency bed.

The internal décor is a mix between the warm shades of the leather and the Canaletto Walnut; at shipowners’ disposal, a wide range of materials to choose from, for the ultimate customization.

The Dual Mode semi-displacement hull, designed by Bill Dixon exclusively for the Magellano collection, ensures a smooth navigation, even with head sea, reducing the pitch’s width and naturally diminishing the impact in the waves.

Azimut Atlantis 50: the new sporty coupé
Azimut Atlantis 50 includes a series of innovations which have been carefully detailed (yet again) by the brilliant Neo Design team, rendering the yacht even more versatile and exciting. With the doors opened, the Coupé’s maindeck is transformed as well in a fully living space, totally equipped. Astern, there is a comfortable sunbath area and the swimming platform, when lifted, gives the possibility of housing a tender up to 2.4 metres in the underlying garage. The cockpit’s design, includes a table built into the sunbathing platform. The hardtop is electrically operated.

The Atlantis 50 accommodates four to six guests, with the option of adding a third cabin instead of the dinette. There are two spacious cabins, a Master and VIP amidships at full-beam; each is equipped with a large double bed, two closets, and private entrance to a bathroom with a separate show stall. Both cabins are especially light filled thanks to the picture windows and skylights.

The Atlantis 50 is equipped with twin Cummins 600Hp engines; these make it possible to reach maximum speeds of 32 knots, and cruising speeds of 29 knots.

Video of luxury yacht Azimut 80 by Azimut Yachts

September 06, 2013

Video below shows the beautiful Azimut 80 yacht measuring 25 metres, constructed by the prestigious Italian shipyard Azimut Yachts of the Azimut|Benetti Group. Azimut 80 superyacht, will be exhibited by the group at the upcoming Cannes Boat Show, together with other completely new models, such as the Azimut Magellano 53 and the Azimut Atlantis 50.

Azimut 80 yacht is an elegant vessel, representing contemporary lifestyle by offering exceptional comfort on board. Her exterior was designed by Stefano Righini with lovely interiors by Achille Salvagni Architetti.

Accommodation is provided in 4 luxuriously furnished and comfortable cabins to 8 guests in total. All cabins feature en-suite bathrooms. Guests are looked after by a crew of 2.

Reaching a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots, Azimut 80 is powered by twin 1550 mHP (1140kW) MAN CR V12 diesel engines.

French Riviera Superyacht Charter Specials 2013

September 05, 2013

The summer season in Europe is slowly coming to an end and numerous luxury superyachts are offering outstanding French Riviera superyacht charter specials. AFRICAN QUEEN superyacht and charter yacht NAMI are just two of the outstanding vessels cruising the French Riviera in the Mediterranean, offering their guests utmost in luxury and comfort.

Southern France

Southern France

The fabulous and glamorous  French Riviera is perhaps the most sought-after Mediterranean luxury yacht charter destinations providing visitors with sublime climate, wonderful landscape and important history, secluded and tranquil islands, as well as chic boutiques and restaurants. From Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St Tropes to Monaco, you will find everything you would expect from a perfect luxury yacht rental … and more.

Monaco - Photo credit CRT Riviera - Photo by Christophe Ichou

Monaco - Photo credit CRT Riviera - Photo by Christophe Ichou

If you are after an ultra-modern charter yacht or a super luxurious mega yacht, with all the right toys, this is the place to find it. Southern France offers some of the most impressive and lavish super yachts, in the world. Antibes now boasts the largest marina along this stretch of coastline, and it is literally overflowing with luxury yachts, super yachts, power boats and sailing yachts.

Below you will find additional information about the Benetti Classic 120 charter yacht African Queen as well as the Azimut motor yacht Nami; however there are plenty of other unique and fabulous Mediterranean luxury charter yachts available. For more information and a list of West Med yacht charter specials, please contact our charter brokers.


Boasting dramatic beauty and elegant lines, AFRICAN QUEEN yacht (ex Blue Bay) is a 36,6 metre (118’5”) custom built vessel, launched by the prestigious Italian shipyard Benetti in 2009. Her light interior was created by Francois Zuretti combined with a well laid-out exterior styling designed by Stefano Righini Design. African Queen is offering a reduced rate of EUR€ 78,750.00 per week plus expenses. This is a 25% off her normal rate, valid for any week long charter between September 2 and 14, 2013 in the Western Mediterranean.



Luxury charter yacht AFRICAN QUEEN features a spectacular main saloon with comfortable sofas and  top entertainment technologies. The formal dining room, adjoining the saloon, seats 8 to 10 charter guests. Further up, the sky lounge offers an elegant decor with a card table, comfortable couch and two occasional chairs along with a coffee table and a bar area.

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Bridge Deck Al Fresco Dining

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Bridge Deck Al Fresco Dining

Accommodation on board the Benetti Classic 120 luxury superyacht AFRICAN QUEEN is offered in 5 luxuriously furnished staterooms to 11 charter guests in total. Guests are looked after by a professional and friendly crew of 8 members.

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Aft Deck

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Aft Deck

The master stateroom is situated on the main deck and boasts large wrap-around windows, and a king-sized bed. Furthermore, there are two VIP staterooms  and two twin staterooms, one with a pullman berth on the lower deck. All cabins feature private en-suite bathrooms and televisions.

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Master Cabin

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Master Cabin

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Master Ensuite

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Master Ensuite

In addition to her exceptional interior, African Queen has great outdoor deck space, including and impressive aft deck with dining facilities and a massive Spa Pool on the sundeck, along with bar and seating area. Read more about AFRICAN QUEEN YACHT …

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Toys and Swim Platform

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Toys and Swim Platform


Launched by the Italian shipyard Azimut in 2007 and refitted in 2011, the 26,2-metre (85’11”) yacht NAMI features sleek eye catching lines and fantastic indoor/outdoor spaces. Based in Monaco, she is available for crewed yacht charters in the West Mediterranean. She is currently offering a reduced charter rate of EUR€ 28,000.00 per week plus expenses, down from EUR€ 39,500.00 per week, valid for September 2013.

Motor yacht NAMI - Cruising

Motor yacht NAMI - Cruising

Her extensive refit in 2011 included a new state-of-the-art AV system and deluxe interior makeover. The saloon and the dining area are open plan, situated on the main deck; boasting fine leather soft furnishings, luscious wood floors and many outstanding amenities. There is plenty of natural light inside, thanks to the saloon’s elongated windows, also providing wonderful scenic views.

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft Deck

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft Deck

Charter guests of NAMI yacht are accommodated in one master stateroom, a VIP and two guest cabins, all situated below decks and boasting private en-suite facilities. The professional and friendly crew of three has separate crew quarters and private facilities.

Motor yacht NAMI - Salon

Motor yacht NAMI - Salon

Luxury superyacht NAMI also features great outdoor areas. The saloon leads onto the generous aft deck with partial shade seating, an al fresco dining option and double sunpad. Charter guests can take the advantage of the extended swim platform, excellent for sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the various water toys offered by the vessel.

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Cabin

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Cabin

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Ensuite

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Ensuite

An additional large sun pad is provided by the expansive foredeck, great for relaxing and soaking up the warm Mediterranean sun or enjoying a thrilling ride, making onlookers envious. Find out more aboutNAMI Yacht here…

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft View

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft View

For additional information on NAMI and the AFRICAN QUEEN, please contact our friendly team here.

US debut for Benetti Vision 145′ motor yacht CHECKMATE at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2013

August 27, 2013

The Benetti Vision 145′ charter yacht Checkmate (BV018) is set to make her US debut at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2013. Benetti motor yacht Checkmate represents the 15th yacht built in the successful Vision line, as well as the top of the Class range of yachts.

Benetti Vision 145 superyacht Checkmate (BV018)

Benetti Vision 145 superyacht Checkmate (BV018)

The incomparable experience of Benetti’s highly skilled workers, who have acted as ambassadors of Italian styling and the highest form of craftmanship excellence for 140 years, have created Checkmate yacht’s interior: both rich and sober, with a combination of cherry and Burr Madrona woods, neoclassical dark inlays enhanced by marble – the definitive confirmation of their skill.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Upper Aft Deck Dining

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Upper Aft Deck Dining

The new Benetti Vision 145′ superyacht Checkmate is almost 44 meters long with a beam of over 9 meters. She is equipped with twin 1,300 HP Caterpillar engines, delivering a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising range of over 3,500 nautical miles.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Main Salon

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Main Salon

CEO of the Mega-yacht division of the the Azimut/Benetti Group, Vincenzo Poerio, declared: “We are particularly proud of our latest launch, the 100th fiberglass yacht built in Viareggio since 1998. This is a further demonstration of Benetti’s ability to listen to the Client and interpret his specific needs; and above all, another example of a perfect blend between timeless design, world class construction, safety and an extremely high quality on-board life, both for the owner and his crew”.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Master Stateroom

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Master Stateroom

Named “Checkmate” by her owner, with her imposing yet streamlined profile, her unusual black livery and 44 meters of pure elegance, the latest Vision 145′ luxury yacht Checkmate will definitely draw the attention of all FLIBS 2013 public.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Master Bath

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Master Bath

Technical Specifications of the Benetti Vision 145′ charter yacht Checkmate (BV018):

Construction material GRP
Length Overall (LOA) 43,6 m – 143’ 1’’
Maximum Beam 9,26 m – 30’ 4’’
Maximum Draft 2,72 m – 8’ 11’’
Displacement at Full Load 390 t
Fuel Capacity 60.000 l (15.850 US Gals. apx.)
Water Capacity 9.500 l (2.509 US Gals. apx.)
Propulsion 2 x CAT C32 Acert 1300HP, 970 kW @ 1.800 rpm
Maximum Speed 15 knots
Cruising Speed 14 knots
Cruising Range at 12 knots 3.500 nautical miles
Generators Kohler 2 x 125 kW
Bow Thrusters VT Naiad Marine VT 77 77 kW
Stabilizers VT Naiad Marine
Propellers Benetti Design
Electrical system and on board
electronics BEST Benetti’s Exclusive Sea Technology/Intergrated navigation systems on the bridge
Guest Berths 10 guests
Crew Berths 9 crew
Classification ABS Malta Cross A1 Yacht servLY2 compl
Styling & External concept Stefano Righini
Interior Design François Zuretti
Shipyard Benetti Yachts