Due to make its official debut at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival, the new Azimut S7’s length of around 69 feet positions it very naturally between the established 55S and 77S. That takes the shipyard’s existing ‘S’ line to three craft, but the new project already looks subtly different to its siblings. Designed by Stefano Righini, the exterior certainly picks up on the collection’s signature features but it adds a new diamond-shaped deckhouse window to help give the new yacht a little personality of its own.

Azimut's new 35-knot sports yacht will be officially launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2017.

Azimut's new 35-knot sports yacht will be officially launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2017.

The use of carbon fibre in the superstructure has also made it possible to increase the volume of the boat without affecting its overall weight. And the use of triple Volvo Penta IPS engines will help make the most of that with reduced fuel consumption and increased deck area down below. That lower space will apparently measure 13 meters in length, while retaining sufficient room for a garage that can accommodate both a 3.25-metre tender and a personal watercraft. And when the garage is closed, the pivoting platform can be deployed, creating what Azimut calls a “gorgeous sea terrace”.

The interiors, courtesy of first-time Azimut collaborator, Francesco Guida, revolve around a 19-square-metre owner’s suite, organised into four parts. Each of those parts enjoys a different function and is separated by partitions, mirrors and translucent materials to keep the space feeling fresh and open. The use of three more generously proportioned cabins means that the galley is positioned on the main deck - and in a bid to avoid compromising the rest of the main deck living area, it is located all the way forward, to port of the helm.

With its standard triple rig of Volvo Penta 800hp engines, the maximum speed of the fully fitted yacht is expected to exceed 35 knots – and the helming experience itself also ought to be a pleasure. The S7 will come with Azimut’s ACS (Advanced Cruising Solutions) programme, which provides active trim control to automatically adjust the yacht’s longitudinal trim and an auto-balance system that transfers fuel from tank to tank to adjust transverse trim in changing load conditions.

To find out more, visit www.azimutyachts.com.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.