The new, highly creative 70-foot, four-cabin Azimut S7 won the “European Power Boat of the Year” for over 45-foot yachts at the Dusseldorf show in January, recognizing its innovative features inside and out. Azimut used a lot of carbon in the S7, particularly in the superstructure, to keep the weight – and the CG – down, while triple Volvo IPS1050 pod drives propel the luxury-filled Italian-built cruiser to a 36-knot top speed.
The exterior styling, by Stafano Reghii, gives the boat an aggressive low profile with a raked front windshield, aft-set flybridge, and diamond-shaped deckhouse windows that showcase the play of reflected light. The salon is particularly full of natural light, coming in from windows all around and from a large sunroof overhead.
The Azimut S7 has four staterooms below (plus a crew cabin aft) with three heads. The full-beam, mid-ships master is a generous 204 square feet and is filled with light coming in from the hull-side windows. It’s large enough for a small office, a seating area, a large double bed and a five-star-quality en suite head with a walk-in shower. The VIP stateroom is all the way forward with a step-up berth. The other two staterooms are just aft of it; the one to port has side-by-side berths; the one to starboard has twin bunks.
The galley is up, in the salon, next to the helm, and is backed by a wraparound sofa. Dual coffee tables there can be combined to make a large eight-person table for dining or entertaining; each one also can be raised or lowered independently by pushing a button. An open deck with bar and outdoor lounge are aft, all on the same level as the salon. The cockpit has an oversized sun-lounge aft, and the foredeck also has room for lounging on extra-large sunpads.
The swim platform, or what Azimut calls a “beach platform expander,” has an extension to make it even more user-friendly for water sports. It also pivots to reveal the garage, which is large enough for a 10’ 7” tender plus a personal watercraft.
To make driving easy, a Volvo joystick is available and an Interceptor automatic trim tab control ensures that the boat is always at the proper running attitude. In addition, an automatic fuel transfer system shifts fuel from tank to tank so that the heel angle is kept close to zero. A Seakeeper gyrostabilizer is optional. The boat cruises at 30 knots.
In the United States, the Azimut S7 is available through MarineMax.
Specs.: LOA: 70’1”; Beam: 17’5”; Draft: 5’6”; Disp.: 44.6 tons; Fuel: 1,004 gals.; Water: 264 gals.; Power: 3×800-hp Volvo IPS1050.