This yacht’s accommodations’ centerpiece is the full-beam master, which sports an athwartship berth, and makes this duo smile as they talk about the voluminous living space. Eight vertical hull side windows (four port, four starboard) enable natural light to bathe the area, which is complemented by soft lighting hidden behind the valances.
The McGoverns added optional HMC mattresses in all the staterooms, including that crew space. (When you’re putting in the many hours on the water that the McGoverns do, you want that blissful sleep that only happens at sea.)
Although the owners truly enjoyed their first vessel, another big attractor to move from an express-style boat to a flybridge one was the cave effect the 44-footer gave them, especially when transiting waterways during inclement weather. Simply put, belowdecks was too dark and not conducive to a fun boating experience. But their 64’s sizable salon windows provide 360-degree vistas. If it’s raining, they can just slide open the glass doors leading to the cockpit and the flybridge overhang will keep water from getting inside while still allowing for a breeze.
If it gets too hot or humid, just close that door and the 93,000 Btu Condaria chilled-water air-conditioning system can offer an Arctic-like cool that would make penguins shiver. Really. A 23 kW Kohler genset ensures that systems like that air conditioning stay running while under way.
The impressive view is enough of a reason to hang out in the salon, but another one is that its layout is geared for entertaining. Two great conversation areas are found immediately inside the salon door leading from the optional teak-covered cockpit. To port, a U-shape sofa is directly across from a settee to starboard. Also to starboard and a step up is the dining area for four to six people, which sits just abaft that lower helm and across from the galley. And wherever you plant yourself, you can converse without raising your voice because the 64 is fairly quiet, even when streaking across the ocean at almost 34 knots. Taking sound measurements at the lower helm, I never saw a reading above 77 dB(A). (The level of normal conversation is 65 dB(A).)
This 64-footer, which was also outfitted for the American market with a stylish retractable hardtop, is the first one to arrive stateside. But after seeing how well she handled in open water, noting her solid performance and build, and observing how well she accommodates the cruising family, I’d venture that many more should be en route here shortly.
It was around noon and the McGoverns sat in the shaded cockpit of their Azimut 64, smiling as they gazed out onto a gaggle of yachts lining the docks at the Bahia Mar marina. But they weren’t looking from a distance through a restaurant window; they were part of the flock.
Draft: 4’11” full load
Displ.: 70,000 lb. full load
Fuel: 1,030 gal.
Water: 258 gal.
Deadrise: 17 degrees
Engines: 2 x 1,015 mhp Caterpillar C18 diesels
Base Price: $2,650,000
Price (as tested): $3,043,890
Test Conditions: Speeds were measured by GPS off Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in choppy seas and 15-knot wind with full fuel, half water and seven people aboard. Sound levels were measured at the lower helm with doors closed. Fuel readings were taken from Caterpillar electronic engine-monitoring system.
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