Friday, February 22

Azimut Launches New 59-foot High-Tech, High-Style S6 Sport Cruiser

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Azimut will launch its new high-style, high-tech, 59-foot S6 sport cruiser at the Cannes Yachting Festival starting Sept. 11. The latest in the Italian builder’s S series, the three-stateroom, two-head boat features the glazed hull surfaces and distinct bow cap that make the series easily recognizable. It also features carbon fiber construction and three Volvo 550-hp diesels with IPS700 pod drives for fuel efficiency, quiet cruising and fingertip-easy low-speed maneuvering around a dock.

With an exterior by superyacht designer Stefano Righini, the Azimut S6 sports a low profile, highly raked windshield and equally low and raked radar arch. The interior is bright and clean with an elegant, contemporary European look, lots of open space and warm colors.

In the U.S., boat will be sold by MarineMax, the giant retailer, and it is likely to find fans in the larger cruiser market that used to be occupied by Sea Ray, which is now concentrating on boats under 45 feet.

You walk on the new Azimut from a large, teak swim platform and up either side past a giant sunpad (another large sunpad is on the foredeck) to the heart of the cockpit with an L-shaped lounge and table. An overhang from the cabintop protects the cockpit from inclement weather. Glass doors lead to the straightforward salon, which is filled with natural light from windows all around and a large sunroof. A U-shaped settee with a table is to starboard, an entertainment center is across to port, and the galley is forward. The helm has a clean, high-tech look, and two matching helm seats.

Down four steps, the accommodations deck has a full-beam master stateroom amidships, with a queen bed angled out from the starboard side, across from two lounge chairs to port, plus an en suite head and shower. The VIP stateroom with another queen bed is in the bow, also with an en suite head and shower. A third, smaller guest cabin, with two beds, is to starboard.

The hull of the Azimut S6 carries 15.5 degrees of deadrise at the transom. The company says the top speed is 35 knots, cruising speed is 30 knots.

Specs.: LOA: 59’1”; Beam: 15’7”; Draft: 5’3”; Disp.: 58,800 lbs.; Fuel: 687 gals.; Water: 156 gals.; Power: 3×550-hp Volvo IPS700s.




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