The Shape Of Things To Come
“Comfort,” says Federico Ferrante, president of Azimut-Benetti USA. “Sport yachts are very cool-looking and great performers, but they’re not always comfortable. It can be difficult to combine those things into one boat, but that’s what we’ve done on the S7.”
Other sport yacht builders use carbon fiber, but Azimut put its weight behind the technology, having made significant investments over the past few years. According to Ferrante, as much as 35 to 40 percent of the S7 is built with the material; by comparison, models from some competitors feature just a few components. “At Azimut, we like to get away from the crowd and go our own way,” says Ferrante.
Propulsion and carbon fiber help to drive the identity of the S7, but its charisma is in the design. The exterior lines are by Stefan Rhighini, the marine industry icon whose expert eye has helped to make Azimut boats recognizable in ports the world over. As for the interior, Azimut flexed its creative muscle by partnering with a new designer, Francesco Guida. “We’re always looking to bring new energy and content to our clientele,” says Ferrante. “Francesco has created something completely unexpected. The S7 interior is unlike any other Azimut.”
On the main deck, the salon is a bright, open space with settees and cocktail tables that convert to a dining surface for eight, but meals can also be served in the cockpit, where another large table is located under the protection of the overhang. Because the cockpit and salon are on one level, they function as a single, seamless living space when the sliding glass doors are open.
The galley is on the main deck, forward of the salon and opposite the lower helm. Forward of the helm are stairs to the accommodations level, where guest cabins are forward. The amidships en suite master is the showstopper here. “The S7 is a big boat, but it’s still a boat and space is what it is,” says Ferrante. “And yet we were able to carve out separate areas for privacy.” One feature used to artful effect is a thin, curved console for the TV; it doubles as a divider separating the berth from a section with basin and counter for washing up. The head compartment is nearby. Don’t overlook the oversized windows here. They underscore the builder’s philosophy that a boat should keep passengers connected to the sea. “There’s nothing more beautiful than the ocean,” says Ferrante. “So we try to use as much glass as possible, without compromising the high-end luxury amenities and features our clients expect.”