January 13, 2022

Azimut Cruiser Sinks in Ischia Island

An Azimut flybridge cruiser of twelve meters in length, sank while in its mooring at the marina in Casamicciola Terme, in the Island of Ischia, in the night between the twelfth and thirteenth January.  No one was onboard at the time of sinking. The cause of the sinking are not reported, but in most cases when a boat sinks this way, berthed in its mooring, it would be a failed water-cock of sorts.  Casamicciola Terme is located on the North part of the Island of Ischia, the largest of the three Naples gulf Islands, the other two being the famous Capri, and less famous but pretty Procida.   
The boat in this accident is an Azimut AZ36 TrentaSei model, designed by Bernard Olesinski and inhouse by the Italian yacht builder.  The AZ36 was a replacement to the long standing and popular John Bennet designed 37 and was produced from the fall of 1993 till 98.  The AZ36 has a two cabins two head layout, and was powered by twin Cats 306hp or Aifo 300hp reaching top speeds up to thirty knots.  The AZ36 followed a family feeling design to the AZ43 presented in the fall of 1991, and AZ40 in the fall of 92.  This trio of models characterized Azimut entry level line sub fifteen meters from 1992 to 98 in extending the Italian builders international success.  Over one hundred AZ36 where made in a five year production run as the model was replaced by the 39 in the fall of 1998.         

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