By Jeanne Craig
Atlantis 58: The Future is Now
The Atlantis brand grows, with the newest and largest sport cruiser in the Azimut-Benetti line.
With its new Atlantis 58, this Italian builder continues to turn up the heat on open boat design. Azimut-Benetti bought the high-tech Gobbi shipyard in Piacenza, Italy, back in 2001, for the purpose of developing its own line of sport cruisers for boat owners whose style philosophy is decidedly to the left.
Atlantis swiftly came to market with a stable of new boats in just a few short years, including a 55 which raised the blood pressure of its fans with its sexy profile and sci-fi-like domed-glass hardtop, and the Verve 36 with a similarly futuristic attitude. Just over a decade since its founding, Atlantis now has a portfolio of nine models ranging from the 35 to the new 58. Now the flagship of the line, the 58 powerfully punctuates Atlantis’s presence as a significant player in the sport cruiser market.
Most familiar here is that gorgeous hardtop, a combination of curved windscreen and opening sunroof, each made from panels of double curved glass. The structure endows the boat with the unique character and style we now associate with the Atlantis brand. This is serious glass, too, over half an inch thick. While it must add weight and cost to the design, the resulting look is well worth it.
Beneath the hardtop is the saloon, which is one of multiple areas designed for entertaining. One of the slickest features here is the dining area to port, which is served by a full galley complete with wine cooler. Thanks to a series of sliding seats and folding teak tables, this section can be expanded to accommodate up to 12 guests for a meal. In addition, large windows on either side of the salon slide open so you can let the ocean breeze in and really stoke up an appetite for an elegant lunch. Leave it to the Italians to make it feasible to share a fine meal in plush comfort with a large group of friends.
After breaking bread, guests can relax on the sunpads at the foredeck or on the supersized lounge at the stern, beneath which is space for an optional crew cabin.
Although open designs like the 58 are often thought of as ideal dayboats, this Atlantis has accommodations for extended cruising. Belowdecks are three cabins, each with furniture, doors and wall paneling in natural oak. The master stateroom with en suite head is amidships, a VIP cabin with private head is forward, and a third stateroom is to port. This space can be converted to an office or gym if the owner doesn’t want or need the extra sleeping space; that’s the type of thoughtful, semi-custom option owners expect from this brand.
Performance and Construction
You don’t classify an open yacht as a sport cruiser unless it delivers strong performance. Atlantis reports this 58 will run in excess of 40 mph at wide-open throttle, when powered by twin MAN diesel engines with conventional shafts and five-bladed props. That’s a swift pace for a model rated to carry up to sixteen passengers. The 58 rides on a variable deep-V hull with 17. 5 degrees of deadrise at the transom and a fine entry—a combination tailored to give a smooth, controllable ride. As for construction, both the hull and deck are resin-infused and feature a PVC sandwich for light weight. Atlantis inherits construction and technological expertise from parent company Azimut-Benetti, with its reputation for top quality in the yacht and superyacht markets.
Even with its solid performance, luxury comforts and fine pedigree, the real allure of the Atlantis 58 is style. It’s a head-turner, with lines that sizzle—even in the world’s coolest ports.
For more information, visit Atlantis Yachts.
- Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.