May 18, 2023

Azimut 50 Flybridge

Just as a food lover craves the divine complexity of a well-cooked coq au vin, a yacht enthusiast seeks the undiluted allure of a sleek, well-crafted vessel. Today, we're diving headfirst into a maritime feast: the Azimut 50 Flybridge. I have to tell you, this beauty is no small dish.

In a world where luxury and technology often dance an elegant waltz, the Azimut 50 Flybridge is a standout performer. A product of Azimut Yachts, a brand celebrated for its Italian artistry and pioneering advancements, the Azimut 50 doesn't just carry you across the water; it whispers stories of adventure and sophistication with every nautical mile.

Specifications & Options

With an overall length of 52.5 feet, a beam of just over 15 feet, and a draft slightly shy of 4.5 feet, this yacht cuts an impressive figure. Tipping the scales at approximately 46,500 pounds (lightship), it manages a harmonious balance between stability and agility.

The vessel offers a luxurious interior living space, equipped with three cabins (the master, VIP, and a smaller guest cabin) with a keen eye for detail and an Italian touch evident in every inch. You'll find full-beam master staterooms, well-appointed guest cabins, a galley equipped with everything you need to whip up a four-course dinner, and a saloon that is both inviting and relaxing.

Speaking of options, Azimut lets you play god. Choose from a palette of different color schemes for the hull and interiors. Upgrades like Seakeeper gyro stabilizers, a BBQ station on the flybridge, or hydraulic platforms for your tender are available for the extra bite out of your wallet.

Engine Options

The Azimut 50 offers two engine options, both from the Volvo Penta range: the D11 670, and the D11 725, offering a maximum speed of 32 and 33 knots respectively. "Motor Boat & Yachting" mentioned in their review that both options deliver a remarkably smooth ride, with a cruising speed sweet spot around 20-25 knots.

Comparison with Other Models

The Azimut 50 has competition in the likes of the Princess 49 and the Sunseeker Manhattan 52. The Princess 49, while sharing similar dimensions and engine power, lacks the Azimut's Italian flair. As for the Manhattan 52, "Yachting Magazine" praised its performance and living space, but when it comes to luxurious detail and customization options, the Azimut 50 takes the upper hand.

Pros and Cons

As with anything, the Azimut 50 has its pros and cons. It's all about perspective and priorities, like comparing a bowl of Vietnamese Pho to a well-grilled steak.


  1. Design: The Italian design is second to none. With Stefano Righini and Achille Salvagni at the helm, it boasts elegant lines, luxurious interiors, and smart use of space.
  2. Performance: With a top speed reaching up to 33 knots, the Azimut 50's performance is commendable for a vessel of its size.
  3. Customization: Few competitors offer as many customization options as the Azimut 50, from colors to creature comforts.


  1. Price: As "Boat International" pointed out, all this luxury and customization don't come cheap. The Azimut 50 can put quite a dent in your pocket, particularly with the higher end options.
  1. Maintenance: Like a Michelin-starred restaurant, high standards require high upkeep. This can mean more frequent maintenance checks and potentially higher service costs over time.
  2. Fuel Economy: "Power & Motoryacht" hinted at a considerable fuel burn at top speeds, something to be mindful of during those long, indulgent cruises.

In the end, the Azimut 50 Flybridge is like a fine wine – not everyone will choose it, but those who do are in for an exquisite experience. It's about the taste of the open sea, the feel of the cool wind, the sight of an infinite horizon, and the sound of water gently slapping against the hull.

It's not about getting from point A to point B, but about the symphony of experiences in between. If you're someone who appreciates that kind of adventure, then the Azimut 50 might be the perfect companion. Remember, as I always say, the journey is the destination, and what a journey the Azimut 50 promises.

Until next time, continue the adventure. After all, there's always another coast to explore.

Charlie Hardcastle
Charlie is Editor-in-Chief of Sea Magazine
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