Azimut 88: A Mission Impossible for Designers
Take a masterpiece and try to improve it. A tough challenge, practically a mission impossible for the Azimut designers who redesigned the new 88. While maintaining its untouchable profile and its 55-square-meter flybridge, a veritable terrace on the sea, and therefore without altering other strong points like the asymmetric windows in the hull, the magical areas like the 10 square meters of the cockpit, the service dinette and the enormous galley space, the changes that add further value to this model are basically two: the layout of the lower deck and the decor.
The first involved moving the bathroom in the master cabin toward the stern, thereby creating a buffer that isolates the master cabin from the engine room even more. The new layout also made it possible to modify the stairs, which now have a more discreet access into the suite. To port, in full light, a breakfast zone was created, with two armchairs and a table. Corresponding to the opposite window is the vanity. The wardrobes are built into the walls and have a slightly larger storage volume.
The second layout change can be seen in the saloon, where the changed characteristics of the stairs going down to the master cabin made it possible to position the day bathroom longitudinally, with a resulting gain of space for the dining area.
The decor stands out immediately. All the forms have been changed. The architect Salvagni, who designed the interiors, transformed the shapes by softening corners and creating curves. Breaks in continuity between ceilings and walls are seen everywhere. The system of portals that separate the rooms become a new loop system that invites passage through the softness of the rounded forms. Also in the master cabin the rotundities of the new decor are repeated, seen in a wraparound headboard that includes the bedside tables.
Another instance of particularly interesting design is represented by the slits for opening the wardrobes: they design a soft shape, an invitation to open and enter into the comfort of one’s clothes. There is no lack for mirrored surfaces, which further augment the sensation of space.
Azimut 88 Characteristics
Length overall (incl. pulpit) 26.80 m (88′)
Beam at main section 6.40 m (20′ 11″)
Draft (incl. props at full load) 1.80 m (5′ 10″)
Displacement (at full load) 85 t
Engines 2x1825mHP (1341kw) CAT C32 ACERT V12
Maximum speed (at half load) 30 knots
Cruising speed (at half load) 27 knots
Fuel capacity 9.000 l (2.377 US Gls)
Water capacity 1.300 l (343.4 US Gls)
Cabins 4 + 1 crew
Berths 8 + 3 crew
Head compartments 5 + 1 crew