Azimut Yachts opened for business in 1969, and is headquartered in Avigliana, Torino, Italy. With its own facilities and the Benetti yards acquisition in 1985, Azimut owns yards in 4 regions. The Avigliana yard presents a boat production capacity of 270. Savona has a Service and Delivery center. Viareggio has the Azimut-Benetti production and refitting center and the Benetti yard. The Azimut-Benetti Production Center is in Fano, creating GRP hulls. The yards can hold different sizes of yachts, from 39 feet to 165 feet in length, though yachts produced are 39 to 98 feet in length. Azimut also offers customers the opportunity of chartering of their own boats though preferred dealers. The latest launch is the flagship 116, a magnificent 35m motoryacht designed by Stefano Righini.
The president of Azimut Yachts is Paolo Vitelli, who started his company in Turin, Italy, The Benetti shipyard, based in Viareggio had been owned by the Benetti family since its foundation in 1873 and in 1985 was taken over by Azimut. The yard had earned an exceptional reputation as the producer of yachts in classical lines, fitted out with luxury interiors.
In 1994, inspired by the automotive sector, and after stringent test done by skilled engineers, Azimut introduced the frameless window to the market. Thanks to a special elastic paste - capable of expanding its length eight times - the lateral windows were glued directly onto the fiberglass, without the need of any steel frame. The result was an unprecedented leak-proof design.
In 2001, the new modern elegant industrial complex of Avigliana was opened. Built on an area of 165.000 sq. yards, of which 55.000 sq. yards are covered. It was been designed specifically to host the most advanced techniques and equipment for the production of yachts up to 68’, with tight quality control in every step of the process. In June 2003, on the occasion of the new logo introduction ceremony, Azimut presented to the press the new Viareggio plant. Based in the heart of Viareggio harbor, this area of 52,000 sq. yards positioned on the water’s edge to allow the Company to significantly extend the current operations. The facilities were totally re-built, the project lay-out being in line, in term of style, rationality and technological equipments, with the other Azimut – Avigliana shipyard.