Since it was mentioned by Plato around 360BC, the lost city of Atlantis (the ‘Island of Atlas’) has been the subject of fascination and speculation by scholars and quacks ever since.
Did it really exist? Did it conquer half the known world? Did it sink beneath the waves?
The word will be forever associated with the sea and power and mystery. The name lives on in that great ocean, the Atlantic.
It also lives on in a stunning range of power boats originating in a smaller, but much more luxury conscious body of water, the Mediterranean. Atlantis is now the name on many of the most desirable boats in the Med. They are part of the Azimut-Benetti Group whose history goes back to 1873 and have made some wonderful ships. Including, in 1980, one of the world’s largest, the 281ft superyacht ‘Nabila’ (now renamed) which featured in the Bond movie Never Say Never Again. The group claims one if the keys to its success is bringing the owner on board as a partner in customizing the fit out. On the Atlantis 58 the interior may be configured with a third cabin, a study or a fitness area. You can also choose between a tender garage and a crew cabin. Perhaps the most noticeable is the choice of a rich range of colours inside and out.
From these stylish Italians you’d expect sleek and sexy. But along with the passion for adventurous cruising the company is powerfully focused on safety at sea and in port.
On the 58 you’ll find wide, well-protected gangways with high guard rails, deck rails all along the hard top and bow walkways free of obstacles and steps. They even offer optional fitting of safety devices for when you have kids on board: Isofix anchors for securing child seats, protection nets for the guard rails and larger stern gates. If you travel to order your boat from the company headquarters and shipyards at Viareggio, on the northern Tuscan coast, you can work with them on the basic design of your yacht, you can also see and select all the interior fittings and decoration down to the porcelain, crystal and silverware. For us, one of the features that really stand out are the beautifully sculptured window panels in the hull of their boats, giving lots of light inside and making a dashing statement outside.Atlantis now comes in lengths of 34′, 38′, 44′, 48′ and 58′ and the 40′ Verve.
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