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We all know that celebrities and billionaires love yachts. While most of the ‘A-list’ usually choose to charter yachts for vacations for a week or two, there are those who want a yacht at their disposal 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

From Roman Abramovich’s billion-dollar yacht that includes its own onboard nightclub to Johnny Depp’s classic yacht or P. Diddy’s famous massive sea-faring parties, we have to admit that we would all love to own our own such pleasure on the ocean. Where does one look for such yachts locally though? (If you have won the Lottery or sold your dot.com business to Mark Zuckerberg).

It was with a steadfast vision that Boating World founders, Derrick and Suzanne Levy, launched the company in 1999. That vision was to pioneer the introduction of the world’s most desired boating brands to African shores. Through passion and determination, today, the couple can attest to their 20-year success by the hundreds of prestigious boats they have sold across the continent. It is a journey that has established Boating World as the leading importer of luxury yachts in sub-Saharan Africa.

Levy’s art for selling yachts spans continents. It was in 2018, after the successful sale of an Azimut Flybridge 80, that he was invited to represent the Azimut | Benetti Group in Southern Africa. The Azimut | Benetti Group is the world’s top megayacht builder with a fiscal production of €850 million in 2017/2018 and, locally, Boating World represents the brand.

One of the first reasons why an owner chooses an Azimut Yacht is nearly always beauty. Each collection reflects attention to detail immersed in the most authentic Italian style and craftsmanship.

Azimut’s yacht collections boast the widest product range in the world, with models measuring from 34 to 115 foot. For Leadership readers, we chose the Grande 32 Metri Azimut to showcase.

Technology combines the use of a carbon-fibre/epoxy mix in the superstructure, D2P hull form (double chine with a wave-piercing bow to improve efficiency) and a main deck master cabin.

Quite a cabin it is, too, with floor-to-ceiling windows that drop deep towards the waterline, supplying elevated views over the water from the comfort of the bed. The sloping snout of a bow neatly arcs over this cabin without ruining the profile and provides a fabulous living space all on its own with a mix of seating and sunbathing acreage.

Below, guest and crew cabins share the space. Guests are catered for in a pair of doubles and twins, and the crew are housed across three cabins of their own.

If any readers want to start living la dolce vita then we suggest you contact Boating World, which is the exclusive sub-Saharan representative. That is, of course, if you have the extra cash lying around as the base boat price (ex factory) for the Azimut Grande 32 is 9 600 000. 

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Issue 2020