The only 80' Azimut Carat with zero speed
The Azimut 80 Carat is an open and largely informal family yacht, a
trait she shares with other models in the Azimut line. Her informality
does not imply any lack of quality in her finish, however. Cherry
bulkheads, cabinetry and overhead accents are highly detailed, well
fitted and finished in high-gloss lacquer that twinkles with clear
reflections of recessed overhead lights.
Upholstered furniture, soft bulkhead panels and dramatically
shaped overheads are in neutral hues that nicely complement the
woodwork. Her countertops are granite. The master head sole is marble,
while wood is used in other heads. The sole of the in-line galley is
upgraded to marble and is easy to clean and comfortable on the feet.
The Carat's profile, from the talented hand of stylist Stephano
Righini, identifies her as a sister to other Azimut yachts, both
larger and smaller. Yet unlike Azimut’s that have a large, continuous
oval pattern in the deckhouse window, the Carat's window is divided by
a sizable "dorsal fin” post. It eases the earlier look's boldness
and blends nicely into the curves of the pilothouse and flying bridge.
This boat's size puts her on the cusp of that point between
owner-operated and crewed yacht, maybe a little past it. Only the most
capable family will want to cruise her alone. Most will carry at least
a captain, perhaps a mate, too.
The full-beam master is near amidships, where pitch will be
minimal. The master has a vanity and a large walk-in locker to port,
and a comfortable settee to starboard. The head includes a spacious
shower, a bidet and two sinks.
VIP guests are accommodated in a bow stateroom with an island
queen berth. The remaining four guests occupy two twin-berth cabins,
port and starboard between the master and VIP staterooms. Though more
compact, the twin cabins are finished and outfitted as nicely as the
two main staterooms. For example, the VIP and twin cabins have nearly
identical heads: All have circular showers with water outlets overhead
that provide the rain-showering equivalent of surround sound. Curved
acrylic shower doors rotate out of the way when not in use, allowing
extra floor space in front of the toilet and sink.
The Carat's dining arrangement lies on the main deck's
starboard side. The layout includes an oval dining table surrounded by
four chairs inboard, and a large banquette outboard. The galley lies
to port, facing the table with a beautifully built tambour panel which
allows the galley to remain open as a buffet for informal dinners and
cocktail parties. During more formal meals, the panel can be closed
A lower helm is forward of the galley. Aft, the salon has fixed
seating on two settees facing an entertainment center in the after
corner of the room. Like many yachts, the Carat has a power sliding
glass door in a glass bulkhead aft, but unlike many other such doors,
Azimut's is weathertight. It includes an innovative system that
offsets as it closes, sealing tightly against a gasket.
The afterdeck is spacious and fully protected from sun and rain
by the extended flying-bridge deck above. Full-length side decks and
aft mooring stations with raised capstans, cleats and roller fairleads
make docking a snap.
A single stairway leads to an integral swim platform. In port
or at anchor, a transom door provides entry to the engine-room and,
through it, access to the crew's quarters. Stern stowage lockers large
enough for personal watercraft flank the door.
Accessibility in the engine-room is good outboard of the
engines, excellent in all other areas. Additional safety features
include emergency fire dampers on the ventilation ducts and a
structural cage around the V-drive shaft, features too often omitted
in similar class vessels.
The flying-bridge deck is huge. Even with a tender stowed aft
and a large sunpad, there is still plenty of room for socializing. The
driver's pod at the centerline helm has enough space for a companion
on either side. Abaft, curved settees flank a small table with what
Azimut calls a perimeter leaf. This expands the table by wrapping
around, rather than inserting in, the smaller top.
In addition to an open aft stair, an innovative
alternating-tread wood stair accesses the flying bridge from the
galley. Steeper than most stairs to preserve space, it has footpads
rather than full-width treads. It is a clever design that has proved
safer than inclined ladders in applications afloat and ashore.
Performance and Handling
She tracks true and is good in turns, with moderate inboard
banking, little loss of speed and no noticeable bow drop. In moderate
seas the ride is easy with no pounding or slap, and inside, the boat
is quiet enough for normal conversation at the helm.
Encountering a combination of swells and small chop is not the
same as running in heavy weather, but the Carat's V-hull with a fine
entry and 12 degrees of deadrise at the transom takes on the seas with ease.
Navigational controls are straightforward and easy to operate,
and response to the wheel and throttles is immediate and predictable.
She tops out at 31.4 knots at 2300 rpm, being equipped with MTU
series 2000 M-91 developing 1,500 hp each.
The Azimut 80 Carat's combination of reliable composite
construction, interior and exterior comfort, smart yet subdued styling
and excellent performance make her a jewel worthy of consideration.
She is suitable for formal or informal entertaining, day-tripping or