Az­imut S7

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS - az­imuty­ — Ja­son Y. Wood

When you get a look at the de­sign of the Az­imut S7, you may be­gin to un­der­stand how evo­lu­tion re­ally works, as good traits are kept and con­tin­ued and am­pli­fied, while less suc­cess­ful at­tributes fall by the way­side. So it goes with yacht styling, and the ren­der­ings we have seen of the S7 surely limn a path to­ward the fu­ture. (The nam­ing con­ven­tion is also bold and new, as the pre­vi­ous model in this lineup was called the 77S.) The S range com­prises Az­imut’s CoupŽ and Sport­fly mod­els, with hard­tops and ab­bre­vi­ated fly­ing bridges, re­spec­tively, that keep the pro­file sleek and brighten the in­te­ri­ors with ex­pan­sive sun­roofs. This 70-footer ad­heres to the builder’s se­lec­tive use of car­bon fiber in her con­struc­tion—it ben­e­fits the de­sign, al­low­ing for larger vol­ume with­out adding weight and keep­ing the cen­ter of grav­ity where the de­signer wants it. That smart con­struc­tion with a triple Volvo Penta IPS pow­er­plant and Volvo Penta’s ac­tive trim in­ter­cep­tor sys­tem and joy­stick ma­neu­ver­ing all will com­bine for re­sult­ing per­for­mance—and a pro­jected 35-knot top speed—to be­fit her pro­file. Her four-state­room lay­out, plus crew’s quar­ters, is de­signed by Francesco Guida and is ex­pected to match the el­e­gance of the Ste­fano Righ­ini ex­te­rior. Ex­panses of sun­pad for­ward, aft, and on the fly­ing bridge will show guests what re­lax­ation is all about, the con­cept taken a step fur­ther as it evolves. The S7 will make her world pre­miere at the Yacht­ing Fes­ti­val de Cannes in Septem­ber, and then come to the United States in Novem­ber at the Ft. Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

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