March 10, 2022

Stolen Azimut Yacht Havoc in Newport

A stolen eighteen meter Azimut motor yacht created havoc and extensive damage to about half a dozen of boats in Newport Beach Harbour to the South of Los Angeles, on ten o'clock local time the morning of Thursday tenth March. This was a lucky accident with a lady who was relaxing on a fourteen meter sailing yacht coming out only slightly injured.  Considering that the eighteen meter motor yacht literally went atop the sail yacht, destroying its mast in the process this was lucky indeed.  There was also a centre console who took a full hit and damage, while a recently purchased classic wood Tollycraft also sustained damage before the Azimut crashed into a seawall and finally stopped.  Police arrested the thief who now is accused of boat theft and stolen possession, and forty minutes before was reported doing vandalism on the Pacific Coast highway.  News reports have said this Azimut motor yacht was purchased new in August 2021, and was having some work on the marina, when the thief literally went aboard and started his senseless joyride.
The Azimut in this damage is the 60 Flybridge model released in 2017 to a design of Stefano Righini and offering a three double cabins three heads layout. The Azimut 60 Flybridge is powered by twin Volvo 900hp engines which allow her to reach speeds up to 31 knots.  The Azimut 60 Flybridge is still in production as at 2022.  The damaged Tollycraft, last boat to be hit by this crazy stolen ride is a Custom 37 build in 1960 of wood.

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