ABOUT AZIMUT

AZIMUTについて

Luxury yacht boatyards

Azimut Yachts serves its customers at over 130 sites worldwide.
It boasts the world's most extensive sales network for yachts and megayachts, with representative offices, boatyards, service points and delivery centres located in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Executive Offices: Avigliana - Turin (Italy)
Boatyards and representative offices: Viareggio - Lucca (Italy), Itajai (Brazil), Shanghai (China)
Service Points: Savona (Italy), Ft. Lauderdale - Florida (USA)

With its international presence, Azimut forges and maintains relations with its yacht owners, and is close at hand to help them and their needs.

Style, innovation and quality. Luxury yachts that also stand for value

One of the first reasons why an owner chooses an Azimut yacht is nearly always beauty. Then, the intrinsic values of the product come into play: its comfort, safety features, level of technology and elegant living solutions. Finally, owners want something more between the time of making their choice and the purchase. They want the boatyard that builds the yacht of their dreams to be able to boast a significant history, to have consolidated a network of services, to reflect a successful image and, above all, to be a sound company.
In all these aspects, Azimut Yachts can deliver results and guarantees of a true industry leader.

A luxury yacht has value if that value is long-lasting. If its beauty can challenge the seasons. If its style is a source of inspiration for those who are passionate about the sea, and not just a fashion follower. The design of Azimut yachts shapes the Italian essence behind the brand. Each model in the Azimut range reflects the attention to detail and the style excellence of Italian manufacturing.

The construction of luxury yachts requires production efficiency, advanced technologies and an ability to innovate. Boat owners who choose Azimut choose luxury, hi-tech yachts, built at cutting-edge boatyards where the Group's investments in research culminate.
Azimut-Benetti's R&D Centre develops technologies that are unique worldwide, for an experience at sea that is effortless and safe. In fact Azimut's technologies are always designed to deliver safety and comfort to yacht owners.

Design, technology, materials, components and human expertise are all Azimut hallmarks that meet a higher standard: quality. This philosophy is possible because Azimut has put its income back into the company, over more than forty years, investing in personnel training, technological research, product development and the upgrading of plants and structures. Only in this way has it been possible to be the number one boatyard of choice worldwide for the construction of megayachts for 12 years running

From 1969 to the present: The history of Azimut

The beginnings

Azimut Yachts came about in 1969, when the young university student Paolo Vitelli founded Azimut Srl, and began chartering sailing boats.

The first steps towards success

In 1970 some prestigious yachting brands appointed the company to distribute their boats in Italy. Azimut quickly expanded its operations: Apart from distribution, it began to design new yachts. In a joint venture with Amerglass, it designed the AZ 43’ Bali, a mass-produced fibreglass boat, which was an immediate success. The company gradually expanded its range, focussing on the lower end of the market - with the launch of the AZ 32’ Targa in 1977, the “Ford T” of the boat world - and upper end too - (with the memorable début of the Azimut 105’ Failaka in 1982, the biggest mass-produced yacht in fibreglass at the time).

The acquisition of Benetti and the start of own production

In 1985 Azimut acquired Benetti. This historical brand, based in Viareggio, had been building boats since 1873, and designed the concept of the megayacht. Azimut was now able construct its own yachts, defining new style and industry standards that would go on to revolutionise the boat building industry, such as: large frameless windows, electric seats, and walnut interiors.

New production sites and international recognition

From the late nineties onwards, with the acquisition of new boatyards at Fano, the restructuring of the Benetti boatyards at Viareggio and the construction of a new site at Avigliana, in the province of Turin, Azimut went on to become the foremost builder of yachts and megayachts. This leadership position was confirmed in subsequent seasons, thanks to numerous business successes and an investment policy which has consolidated Azimut's technological and production capacities over the years, with sites now established in Brazil.

Respect for the environment, turned into tangible results

A yacht with an eco-friendly engine, like a sailing boat? When we achieve this goal in the future, we'll know that the first important steps in this direction were taken at the beginning of this millennium, with projects such as the Magellano 50, the first motor yacht below 60 feet to be awarded RINA Green Plus notation. The Magellano 50 has embraced all the technical and design skills used by Azimut for environmental protection, and is proof of the important results that can be achieved by a company sustainability programme that focuses on the entire value chain, from developing concepts for alternative boats with a low environmental impact to clean production processes.

Azimut Yachts was awarded ISO 14001 certification, for its consistent and effective management system aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its operations. Since 2004 the company has used the Core Infusion lamination system and in 2007 research began on the use of low environmental impact paints and resins.

To maximise the eco-compatible standards of the yachts produced at its boatyards, Azimut decided to adopt RINA principles and to achieve RINA Green Plus notation. The result is a remarkable range of innovative solutions, including first and foremost hybrid propulsion motors, to sail with a near-zero reduction in noise levels and lower consumption on short day trips. In addition to: high performance propellers, LED lighting, anti-UV film on windows for better thermal efficiency and environmentally compatible materials. Experiments continue at Azimut's research centres, with the introduction of nanotechnologies to develop a longer-lasting anti-fouling coating with a lower impact for marine life.

Azimut Yachts's unrivalled position in the pleasure boat industry has spurred it on to become a leader in environmental sustainability too, with projects and solutions that are always one step ahead of the competition.

Luxury yachts and services for yacht owners: Azimut Benetti Group

Azimut Benetti is the largest network producing megayachts and the world's leading private group in the luxury boating sector. The Group, which owns the prestigious brands Azimut Yachts, Atlantis, Benetti Yachts, Yachtique, Fraser Yachts, Lusben, Marina di Varazze and Royal Yacht Club Moscow, offers the most extensive range of motor boats from the 34 foot to the 70 metre plus yachts built by Benetti. A leader in production, Azimut Benetti has the most extensive sales network in the boating industry worldwide, with 138 sites in 68 countries. Being close to boat owners in all four corners of the globe is an ideal basis for delivering an outstanding level of service to customers. The Group has a division dedicated to financial services, yacht management and the development of marinas.