The Atlantis 45, the new entry level of Azimut, is faced with a difficult task: not to make us lament the 43. Given the number of orders received in just a few months, it seems it might succeed
by Niccolò Volpati – photo by Sargentini
DON’T BE DECEIVED BY ITS SPORT CRUISER DESCRIPTION. The Atlantis 45 is not “extreme”. It’s all about moderation. Its exteriors and interiors by Neo Design have a very sporty look about them, but the engines have been developed to ensure good performances without excessive fuel consumption.
The sea in Savona is as flat as a mill pond and I make the most of it testing the boat extensively at all speeds. I accelerate slowly to check all the data on the displays. We exceed 35 knots at top speed. This is a positive result, particularly because the yard says its top speed is 2 knots lower. 11.5 knots are sufficient for a minimal amount of planing. It’s certainly easy to take your foot off the gas while keeping the hull out of the water today. If there had been even a small swell we would have needed a bit more power, but it’s still an excellent result given that we’re on a boat that is more than 14 metres long in total and weighs over 16 tonnes.
The fuel consumption figures on the dashboard displays are also comforting. At the minimum planing speed we need just 58 litres/hour, while at top speed this rises to 169. It’s like being on a RIB, and one that’s not even too big. This can primarily be attributed to the moderate engines. The engine room houses a pair of Volvo DG 440-HP engines and the IPS do the rest. Low consumption and easy to steer.
It’s all very simple and highly assisted. Trim assistance, joystick and Humphree interceptors can even assist an owner who’s just learning, whether out at sea or moored. It has everything it needs to be described as an entry level boat. The fact that the engines aren’t “over-the-top” is also apparent in the acceleration. Planing speed is reached in seven seconds, which isn’t much when it comes down to it, but this result is also achieved thanks to the trim assistance which helps the hull to leave the water as quickly as possible. It takes 31 seconds to reach top speed.
The ergonomic design of the dashboard comes to the fore when sailing. Everything is within easy reach. You don’t have to move too far to reach levers and displays and they’re all clearly visible because they’re arranged vertically, meaning that the sun doesn’t shine directly onto them, making them difficult to see. Visibility from the steering station is good when the boat is level, but barely sufficient just before planing.
The dead calm sea prevents us from testing its performance over waves, but I am fairly confident it would also perform well in a rough sea. The waterlines are very efficient, as the figures tell us. It if had been a sportier and tauter boat, it would probably have a few more issues with a rough sea. However, with these characteristics, the Atlantis 45 creates the impression of being easy to handle even in the waves. Perhaps the only aspect that could be improved is the docility of the wheel because the helm is not particularly soft.
While sailing I also appreciated the air conditioning, especially as it was a hot summer’s day. Despite the electric soft top, if you turn it off you start to feel the heat. However, the outlets at the base of the windscreen make it possible to significantly reduce the heat from the sun’s rays filtering through the glass.
Obviously, to keep the air conditioning running when you’re not moored at the quay means that you have to keep the generator running, but it’s difficult to imagine a 45’ boat without one. Indeed, there is a generator in the engine room as well as a gyroscopic stabilizer, which is an accessory much in demand today.
The rest of the layout includes a garage for the tender, meaning that a bit of space had to be detracted from elsewhere. The garage can house a pram up to 245 cm long. Those wanting a bigger tender will need to house it outside on the pilot bridge. In this case, they will be able to use the garage as a large peak.
There’s plenty of storage space both on deck and inside. It’s also very habitable. There’s plenty of headroom throughout 197 cm in the dinette, 192 cm in the master cabin in the bow and 191 in the stern cabin under the cockpit. The stern cabin is the most surprising, not just because of its height. It contains three single beds, two horizontal and one vertical near the left side. And there’s sufficient space between them all.
Neo Design has managed to recuperate volumes without wasting even a centimetre. There are two sun decks, one in the bow and one in the stern. This means that there’s no need for versatile fittings with backs that can be moved forward or back and furnishings to be moved, changing their function. For example, the table is fixed and surrounded by chairs.
AZIMUT ATLANTIS 45
PROJECT: Neo Design (interiors and superstructure), Azimut Yachts Technical Department (naval architecture)
HULL: LOA 14.61 m • Length 12.79 m • Beam 4.20m • Draft (full load) 1.10 m • Full mass displacement 16,600 kg • Fuel tank volume 1,000 l • Water tank volume 350 l
MAIN PROPULSION: 2xIPS600 D6 Volvo Penta • Outlet mechanical power 322 kW (440 hp) • 6 cylinders inline • Swept volume 5.5 l • Bore&Stroke 103mm X110mm • Compression ratio 17.5:1 • Maximal rotational speed 3700/min • Dry weight 901 kg
EC CERTIFICATION: CAT B – 12 people
PRICE:445,000€ Excl. VAT (as standard)
(Azimut Atlantis 45, destined for success – Barchemagazine.com – November 2019)