AZIMUT S6

LOA 59ft 0in (18.0m) BEAM 15ft 7in (4.75m) EN­GINES Triple Volvo Penta IPS700 TOP SPEED 35 knots PRICE FROM €1.28 mil­lion ex VAT

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We found the in­te­rior of last year’s S7 a lit­tle too mas­cu­line with its black and white colour scheme, an­gu­lar lines and pre­pon­der­ance of stain­less steel high­lights. The new S6 with its Francesco Guida in­te­rior feels just as mod­ern but calmer, softer and more wel­com­ing. Even the gal­ley re­turn is gen­tly curved and ap­pears to float a few inches off the floor while the over­head lock­ers match the shape and are sus­pended from the ceil­ing on el­e­gant ex­truded alu­minium brack­ets.

A huge glass sun­roof over­head, com­bined with those big di­a­mond-shaped win­dows, let plenty of light into the saloon while the twin raised helm seats en­joy panoramic views. A cen­tral com­pan­ion­way leads down to the lower ac­com­mo­da­tion, com­pris­ing the mid­ships mas­ter suite and two fur­ther guest cab­ins.

The bed in the mas­ter suite is off­set at an an­gle from the star­board aft cor­ner. It’s quirky but frees up floor space around the foot of the bed and leaves room for a mini dinette or van­ity ta­ble un­der the win­dow as well as a full-height wardrobe. The for­ward VIP suite is beamier than most but a lit­tle shorter due to the crew cabin tucked in the bow. It also has to share its en­suite bath­room with the twin guest cabin to port. Ste­fano Righ­ini’s ex­te­rior is as strik­ing as ever, al­though the trade­mark trape­zoid bow is not the nov­elty it once was. The su­per­struc­ture, bathing plat­form and much of the deck is made from car­bon fi­bre to re­duce weight and max­imise fuel ef­fi­ciency. Triple IPS drives are claimed to give a smoother, qui­eter, more fuel-ef­fi­cient ride than a pair of big­ger shaft­drive diesels while still de­liv­er­ing an im­pres­sive top speed of 35 knots and 0-16 knots in un­der six sec­onds. They also make room for a ten­der garage, which leaves the bathing plat­form clear.

CON­TACT Azimut Yachts UK +44 (0)1489 886663, www.az­imuty­achts.com

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