Preview 2018: Azimut 7S: is it a real “carbon game-changer” as they say?

Azimut S7 wants to revolutionize the concept of the sports motor yacht by focusing on the carbon fiber technology. Has it succeeded?

With two versions, coupé and sportfly, a new interior design, a Volvo IPS triple engine, and a length of 21 meters, the Azimut S7 fits between the 55S and 77S, enriching the manufacturer’s sports offer. The exteriors, as usual by Stefano Righini, keep the family feeling of the range, but now complemented by an unusual “diamond cut” design of the superstructure’s glazing: a solution that characterizes the boat and promises some original light-reflection games.


Azimut 7S is all carbon and versatility

The official release does not reveal the meaning of the acronym, and instead adds many more (it seems that Azimut is following the footsteps of automotive also in this proliferation of acronyms): let’s go then with HTS (High Technical Standard declaration) issued by the yard, then ACR for Advanced Cruising Solutions, a system that includes active trim control, joystick, integrated on-board monitoring and control system and auto balance System that transfers the fuel from one tank to the other to balance the transversal load. Then again CE A and NMMA, which is the design category for European Union and the certification from the National Marine Manufacturers Association in USA. And finally, the famous Inboard Performance System, better known as IPS, which means that Azimut S7 mounts Volvo Penta engines with pod transmissions. In this case it’s a triple installation of 800 HP units and IPS1050 pods, for a total power of 2400 HP and a top speed of 35 knots.


The use of carbon fiber, for the superstructure and the pivoting swim platform, has made it possible to expand the volume of the boat without affecting the overall weight. In addition, the adoption of Volvo IPS means improved performance and fuel consumption, but also benefits in terms of inner spaces. The result is a living area 13 meters long and a garage to accommodate both a 3.25 meters tender and a jet ski, a solution that allows to keep the transom clear when the garage is closed, giving even more sense to the submersible bathing platform.


The interior is the result of Francesco Guida‘s work, who, at his first collaboration with Azimut Yachts brand, has revolutionized the solutions normally adopted on this type of boats. The heart of Azimut S7 is a 19sqm master suite divided into four distinct zones, each destined to a function, separated with flats, mirrors and opal materials. On the same lower deck there’s space for another three cabins, all offering generous spaces, while the galley is on the main deck, to bow, in order to ensure usability without penalizing the large living area. Living area which, thanks to a four-parts door, seamlessly connects the outside and inside of the yacht. There’s then two lounge areas, with the inner one served by two coffee tables (which become a table for eight) and 55” TV cabinet, and the other one outside faced by a large wet bar.


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