You like to cruise with friends -- lots of friends. It's admirable that you want to share what you have, but on boats shorter than 60', accommodations are often a challenge. If you invite two couples, one ends up sleeping in a cabin with only two single berths. Or your kids want to bring along friends for a weekend, but they're different sexes and can't share a berth.
Azimut's 58 Flybridge solves the dilemma with convertible berths in two of the three staterooms. The aft master quarters has a queen berth, but in each of the forward cabins, the berths slide to form either two single bunks or a large double. Opt for the stern crew quarters ($30,100) and the convertible salon sofa ($6,500) and you have a 58' boat that sleeps up to nine.
You can match those numbers with the Sea Ray 58 Sedan Bridge ($1,839,663 with twin MAN 900s) and with the Sunseeker Manhattan 52 ($1,068,000 powered like my test boat), but neither has the versatility provided by the 58 Flybridge's convertible berths. Both competitive boats measure more than 57'5" down the centerline.
But it's not just the accommodations that make the 58 Flybridge so appealing. There's abundant stowage, outstanding service access, smart flying bridge design, and most important, solid performance. In the decade that I've been testing Azimuts, the company has consistently improved the quality and fit and finish of its boats. The manufacturer has shed the image of being an inexpensive Italian boat.