Azimut Yachts came about in 1969, when the young university student Paolo Vitelli
founded Azimut Srl, and began chartering sailing boats.
The first steps towards success
In 1970 some prestigious yachting brands appointed the company to distribute their
boats in Italy.Azimut quickly expanded its operations: Apart from distribution, it
began to design new yachts. In a joint venture with Amerglass, it designed the AZ
43’ Bali, a mass-produced fibreglass boat, which was an immediate success.
Τhe company gradually expanded its range, focusing on the lower end of the
market - with the launch of the AZ 32’ Targa in 1977, the “Ford T” of the boat
world - and upper end too - (with the memorable début of the Azimut 105’ Failaka
in 1982, the biggest mass-produced yacht in fibreglass at the time).
The acquisition of Benetti and the start of own production
In 1985 Azimut acquired Benetti. This historical brand, based in Viareggio, had been
building boats since 1873, and designed the
concept of the megayacht. Azimut was now able construct its own yachts, defining
new style and industry standards that would go
on to revolutionise the boat building industry, such as: large frameless windows,
electric seats, and walnut interiors
New production sites and international recognition
From the late nineties onwards, with the acquisition of new boatyards at Fano, the
restructuring of the Benetti boatyards at Viareggio and the construction of a new
site at Avigliana, in the province of Turin, Azimut went on to become the foremost
builder of yachts and megayachts.This leadership position was confirmed in subsequent
seasons, thanks to numerous business successes and an investment policy
which has consolidated Azimut's technological and production capacities over the
years, with sites now established in Brazil.
STYLE - INNOVATION - TECHNOLOGY
One of the first reasons why an owner chooses an Azimut yacht is nearly always
beauty. Then, the intrinsic values of the product come into play: its comfort, safety
features, level of technology and elegant living solutions. Finally, owners want something
more between the time of making their choice and the purchase. They want
the boatyard that builds the yacht of their dreams to be able
to boast a significant history, to have consolidated a network of services, to reflect a
successful image and, above all, to be a sound company.