3 August, 2018
Azimut Atlantis 51
Sporty and stylish
Azimut Atlantis is the first Atlantis with a blunt bow, something usually seen on larger models of one of the most popular Italian yacht builders
Only five months after the world debut of the Azimut Atlantis 51 at this year’s boot Düsseldorf, dealer for Croatia Navis Marine has given us an opportunity to test the latest model of the popular Italian yacht builder. The largest model in the Atlantis range waited for us in the marina of the Le Méridien Split. Seemingly longer than her 16 meters, the new Atlantis 51 has a blunt bow, usually seen on larger models of Azimut. The hull is four and a half meters wide, making it easy for designers to create large and comfortable outdoor spaces and elements. The aft platform benefits from the overall with in the best possible way, and while it serves as tender storage (alternatively, the up to 3,25-meter tender is stored in the aft garage. The unit we tested was equipped with a Pirelli J33 Special Edition tender), it is primarily a useful and roomy terrace by the sea. Hidden in the garage door – in a dedicated small compartment – there is an electric grill, and atop the garage there is enough space for a four-person sun bed.
The heart of the model is the cockpit, obviously designed to be used almost all day long. Cooled by an outdoor air conditioning system, the cockpit is visually divided into two spaces; a comfortable lounge with a C-shaped sofa and a foldable C-shaped table (also available with a foldable table that opens into a double sun bed). The lounge is also equipped with a TV-stand, and has two small stools that serve as additional seating at the table. Next to the table there is enough space for a bar, a cooler, an ice-maker and a sink. The bridge has two adjustable seats for the skipper, as well as guest seating – a adjustable lounge chair for those who wish to enjoy the view. The command post is protected by a roof with a central opening. The yard has made sure visibility is excellent from all parts of the cockpit – there are numerous windows all around, which enhances the overall roomy feeling and makes the 51 feel more spacious than many open models. Side passages leading to the bow are wide and safe, guiding to another sun bed on the bow. The interior is rather elegant, with doors and walls in wenge, gray carpets and glossy hatches and cabinets.
The galley is small, but ready to welcome even more ambitious amateur chefs: there is a sink, an oven, an induction range, a large freezer-cooler combo and even a dishwasher – nothing is missing. The lower deck is divided into cabins: the master in the bow and two guest cabins aft and center. The master has a double bed, large windows, a large desk and a private head with a separated shower cabin. The guest cabins – one of which is the VIP and the other a guest cabin – do not have private heads, but share one, also with a separated shower. The guest cabin has bunk beds, while the VIP has two single beds that can be joined into a large and comfortable double bed. On our test the new Atlantis 51 proved to be a smooth glider, an easily maneuverable yacht that navigates crowded marinas without blinking, thanks to the Volvo IPS and a bow thruster. Stable at relatively high cruising speed (28 to 29 knots) thanks to the deep-V hull, the new Atlantis turns swiftly and calmly. Sporty in spirit and stylish in every other way, the new Atlantis is perhaps more luxurious than her older sisters, and the perfect choice for buyers looking for fast and safe, but also elegant and cool.
Photos by Azimut Yachts