Luxury Boats Sink or Swim by Design - Design News / EETimes Article + Video
Posted by Machines Italia | 23 May 2012
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Azimut Yachts, with a boat making factory at Avigliana, in the province of Turin, is Italy's premiere builder of yachts and megayachts, some of which total 30 meters (70 feet) in length.
Founded in 1969, Azimut Yachts was originally a boat chartering service run by a young university student, Paolo Vitelli, with a passion for sailing. In 1970, the fledgling firm was doing so well that prestigious yachting brands began to appoint Azimut as their main boat distributor in Italy, and soon after, the company began designing its own yachts.
In a joint venture with Amerglass, Azimut designed the AZ43' Bali, a mass-produced fiberglass boat, which became an immediate success. The company gradually expanded its range, focusing first on the lower end of the yachting market. Indeed, the launch of its AZ32' Targa in 1977 was described as the "Ford Model T" of the boating world.
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