Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

Shhhh…. listen.

Do you hear that?

It’s the sound of something slowly coming out of the deep somber of winter.

It’s spring… Beckoning.  Calling.  Whispering.

It’s saying, “it’s almost time to come out and play”.

Do you know what that means?   It means it’s time for us here at ESM to start fantasizing about yachts.

Yup, yachts.

And since we’re not quite at the Robb Report status of chartering a superyacht in the French Riviera for $300,000 a week yet, we like to set our sites a little lower.

You know, something a little more “attainable” like a 55 foot yacht.

We know what your dreams look like.  And they're very similar to this.  Image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html

We know what your dreams look like. And they’re very similar to this. Image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html

And by “attainable” we mean if you work really, really, really, really hard and get a few lucky breaks, you might actually be able to own one in your lifetime.

Introducing the Azimut 55s, our current obsession and reason to work really, really, really, really hard (and reason to start buying lottery tickets).

And like this.  Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

And like this. Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

Check out this review from Motor Boat & Yachting which goes over the key details of this new boat:

Here are some details on the latest features on the Azimut 55s from the official Azimut website:

TRIPLE POD TRANSMISSION
The triple pod drive installation equipped with supercharged and turbocharged engines for maximum performance. Smaller in dimension and lower in weight when compared to traditional shaft-drive configurations. Engines located at the aft of the vessel, thereby freeing up large amounts of space now available to enhance onboard liveability. Duo forward-facing and counter-rotating propellers, eliminate vibration, maximise thrust and neutralise directional deviation. Forward facing props maximise efficiency from undisturbed waters compared to turbulence generated by fixed shaft underwater gear.

NEW TRANSOM PIVOTING SYSTEM
The stern garage door is a single integral structure combining the swim platform. When opened, the garage door exposes the 2 metre wide teak laid swim platform which may be submerged and disappears beneath the stern. With an additional movement the garage door may be further inclined to launch and recover the jet tender.

CARBON FIBER STRUCTURES
In order to reduce weight and improve performance, innovative hi-tech construction materials such as carbon-fibre are utlised, strengthening floor panels and other structural elements.
The overall result is that structural bulkheads of the master cabin, engine room, garage and the whole overall superstructure boast greater solidity and strength and ensuring high-level performance.

INTEGRATED GARAGE FOR JET TENDER
The garage structure is entirely moulded out of carbon-fibre and offers optimal storage for a Williams 285 Jet Tender.
The development of a specialised tender hauling and launching system offers easy-of-use and safety to the end user.

All details of boat ownership we know nothing about, but could spew out at a moment’s notice when describing our newly acquired boat to complete strangers.

This could be what your Saturday is like.  Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

This could be what your Saturday is like. Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

As always, we have also already planned what we are going to wear as we extoll the virtues of owning such a beautiful yacht during our travels throughout the south of France:

But the real reason we pine after this amazing piece of floating machinery?

You mean aside from the fact it’s a bad ass 55 foot Azimut?

It’s because we really appreciate the redesign of the nose of the vessel:

The new nose design.  What made us love the Azimut 55s.  Image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

The new nose design. What made us love the Azimut 55s. Image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

We know, crazy.

But if we actually owned this boat it would be more like “eccentric”.

Time to get back to work.  These dreams don't buy themselves.  Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

Time to get back to work. These dreams don’t buy themselves. Azimut 55s image from http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

And how much does it cost to own this boat and actually have people believe we are more eccentric than crazy?  According to an article on insignia-motor-yachting.tv, about £1.01 million (about $1.5 million for us here in the U.S.).

But for those of you that think buying a brand new boat is fiscally irresponsible (insert weird look here), we found this used one for sale in Barcelona, Spain: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2012/Azimut-55S-2544656/Barcelona/Spain.

For more information on the beautiful Azimut 55s, you can check out Azimut’s official website at http://www.azimutyachts.com/azimut55s.html.

ESM

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