July 13, 2011

Improve-it = Atlantis 44

Atlantis presents an important addition to its last new model the 44 launched the past October in Genoa now being the first boat to be powered with new Volvo D6 400hp engines.  This engine option adds to about two knots in top speed versus the previous twin Volvo 370hp set up now reaching 36 knots of max.  But apart this Atlantis also says the new twin 400hp engines also reduces RPM at cruising speeds which will mean lower consumption and better range.  The Volvo D6 400hp engine is currently the most powerful diesel stern drive in the World and currently the Atlantis 44 is the only boat in existence offered with this option.  Considering that the Azimut Benetti Group is not exclusive to Volvo engines this shows big thrust to the engineering, research and design department of the Italian builder.  This to he honest is not the first to come to the Italian group with ZF also experimenting its large ZF4000 pods first on the Azimut 62S.  Azimut Benetti Group of which Atlantis yachts makes part having been acquired as Gobbi in 2001 marks the entry level sport cruiser and yacht segment of the Italian company.  The Atlantis 44 is the second project to come from the hands of Neo Design of Filippo Salvetti and Marco Biaggi, who in the near future should renew all the range which was previously designed by Stefano Righini for the larger models, and Michael Peters responsible for the smaller cruisers.  The Atlantis 44 offers a two cabins lower deck with a full beam owners suite to midships.  The main deck offers a very open area with aft sun pad, as Atlantis started showing up with the 54 introduced in 2008.

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