Maybe it’s a new age of yachting in Hainan. Maybe it’s not.
But two popular classy yachts for the China sailing world have captured imaginations on Hainan isaland. They are by the acclaimed Italian boat building company Azimut|Benetti and made waves at the Hainan Rendez-Vous yacht show in late November. With a 10% spike in China yacht buys over last year, Azimut|Benetti’s two ships, the Azimut 70 and Azimut 80, were high on the agenda during the show.
Dubbed the “Dragon China,” the Azimut 70 is a glorious yacht at over 21 metres in total length, and 21 meters in hull length. This yacht is powered with 2 x 1400 mHP engines for a cruising speed of 27 knots—and a top off maximum speed of 33 knots! It features four cabins, eight berths, and four additional head compartments. It has room for a crew of five. With sleek interior designs, it is a comfortable ship all around.
The same might be said of its' popular cousin, the Azimut 80. This fine vessel made its Chinese debut at Hainan Rendez-Vous 2015. At 25 metres in length with a hull length of 23 metres, this is a powerful ship. It’s 2 x 1550 mHP engines let it cruise at 24 knots and top out at 31 knots. It has four cabins, eight berths, and five head compartments. It can hold five to six crew members. It is famous for being "a spa on the sea" with its' whirlpool tub. Its captain's command area and sundeck also give it glamour.
Proud of their Italian heritage, Azimut also featured their prized designer architect Michele De Lucchi in Hainan. His fabulous architectural track record includes the Milan Expo Pavilion Zero, the Milan Triennale, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, and the Neues Museum in Berlin. With class like this coalescing in Hainan, this is truly a new age of yachting in China. At least for Azimut.