The lower helm is just forward, with a pair of stitched leather skipper and companion chairs. Gucci doesn’t do leather this well, and the rich brown of the faux buffalo pattern shows off the deep bolsters, headrests and flip-up seats. Each is individually electrically controlled, and they face a straightforward leather-trimmed dash with two Raymarine displays and the ship-monitoring panel.
In front of the companion seat is a hinged panel that would be a great chart table if it weren’t upholstered in padded ostrich (so Italian!), with the switch panel for the electrical system mounted horizontally underneath. It’s accessible, yes, but I’d always worry that someone’s cappuccino was going to tip over and flood all the switches.
Descend to the stateroom deck, and you’ll find there isn’t a bad cabin in the house. The larger guest stateroom is forward, and it benefits from large windows on each side for both view and air with two opening ports. Intricate shoji screens decorate the lockers, and more stitched leather accents the counters. The en suite head has a roll-away circular shower stall and a gold-leafed basin on the vanity. Just aft is a guest cabin with twin berths that, unlike in other more connubial Azimuts, don’t slide together.
The master suite is just what you’d imagine the penthouse of the Hotel Splendido overlooking Portofino to be: cool, elegant, luxurious and infinitely comfortable. Just aft is the large head with two more golden sinks and a truly large stall with a rain shower. The port side of this stateroom has a bureau under more windows and, egad!, a capacious walk-in closet with bureaus, lockers, hanging bars and even shoe shelves to keep those Manolo Blahniks perfect.