Boating World confirms first Azimut 60

Derrick Levy may soon need a gyroscopic stabiliser for his smile.

The SA boating stalwart is renowned for his infectious grin but it seemed wider than ever at this year’s Boat Show thanks to news that Boating World SA has just sold the country’s first Azimut 60.

If all goes according to plan – and so far so good – the state-of-the-art piece of boating heaven will arrive in Cape Town in March, representing a milestone for the luxury boating scene.

Levy’s Boating World SA has retained a quarter share in the boat, partnering with three other owners in the fractional ownership scheme. Levy said his company would utilise their charter time to market the boat far and wide in the hope of attracting even more top-end buyers.

“About four months ago we had sold all the shares. It’s done and dusted,” Levy told SABBEX at Boating World’s VIP tent during the Boat Show. “It’s a 2023 model and will be finished in March. We’re excitedly waiting for the new boat,” Levy said.

The production slot was booked a year ago with an initial deposit and a long list of optional extras.  Said Levy: “It’s really highly spec’d. We would have loved to have had it six months ago but March is the earliest they could build for us.”

State-of-the-art wifi, expansive windows, and eye-caching Stefano Righini exteriors – Righini is an Italian yacht design rock star – are just some of the selling points Levy no doubt has near the top of his list. Add to that an interior by Achille Dalvagni, considered one of Italy’s most celebrated interior designers, and you start to understand why the Azimut 60 is a style statement as much as it is an impressive piece of boating hardware.

According to a recent review in Motorboat & Yachting magazine, the Azimut 60 will cruise along at 25 knots without ruffling the surface of your martini. “It’s a boat that feels special even if you aren’t in the mood to leave the marina,” says the review. “If it’s wow factor you’re after, the Azimut 60 has it in spades.”

Expect a few gawking spectators at the quayside when this boat arrives in Cape Town.

No wonder Levy is beaming.

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