by Steve Lague

Azimut will be showing five boats that have not previously been seen in Australia at the Sydney International Boat Show this week.
The most important of these will undoubtedly be the 64 Flybridge, a boat that has superseded the company’s most successful model. Over the past decade the Italian boat-builder has sold more than 300 62s worldwide. Nine have been sold in Australia.
According to Azimut Australia managing director, Peter Redford, the Flybridge 64 is a modern, contemporary version of its predecessor. It also sits right in the middle of Azimut’s flybridge range and has the broadest appeal.
Accommodation on the $3.5m 64 includes three cabins and three bathrooms as well as crew-quarters, or teenage retreat, with its own toilet.
BoatAdvice was invited to take the 64 for a cruise on Sydney Harbour prior to the show and while it was only a short preview it provided a good opportunity to experience the performance credentials of this beautifully designed and built luxury cruiser.
The Azimut 64, which has an overall length of just over 20m, is powered by twin 1150hp CAT C18 diesel engines with shaft drives, the same power set up that was used in the 62.

It didn’t seem to take much effort to get it up and planing and on to a top speed of just under 35 knots. The important thing from a cruising perspective was how quiet the engines were.
Where people familiar with the 62 will see the biggest change/improvement is in the saloon that is now an extremely spacious area bathed in natural sunlight thanks to bigger windows. It does not matter where you sit in the saloon you have uninterrupted views of the surroundings.
The helm area has also been moved from a central position to the starboard side. This has enabled designers to create an atrium on the port side which not only makes the saloon look bigger and airier but lets a lot more light down into the living area. What they will be familiar with is the fine Italian craftsmanship and attention to detail. The flybridge on the 64 is also bigger with more usable space behind the helm.
Azimut 64 Flybridge 10
The Australian distributor for the Azimut Benetti Group, 5 Star Motor Cruisers, will have more than $15 million of new boats on display at the Sydney Boat Show. Sitting alongside the 64 Flybridge will be the 43 Flybridge, the 43 and 50 Atlantis sport yachts and the magnificent 86S, which is bound to be one of the highlights of the show.