As Azimut expanded its Grande collection with world premieres of the 32 Metri and 25 Metri on the 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival, the Italian builder additionally slipped within the world debut of the S6 – the little sister of the S7 that ushered on this new-look sports activities collection on the similar occasion a yr earlier.
The second mannequin within the new S assortment had made appearances earlier final yr on the Milan Design Week and the Azimut Benetti Yachting Gala in Puglia. However, the 59-footer solely went public in Cannes, the place it picked up a ‘Best innovative project’ accolade for its class on the World Yachts Trophies.
In reality, the mannequin builds on most of the key parts launched on the 70ft S7 reminiscent of an in depth use of carbon-fibre, the triple Volvo IPS propulsion system and an inside by Francesco Guida, solely his second mission with Azimut.
Stefano Righini, who has labored with Azimut for 3 a long time, was once more accountable for the outside design and styling of a pure coupé that’s every little thing an S class mannequin needs to be –sporty, speedy, fashionable.
Righini’s sharp exterior displays and accentuates the vary’s sportiness. The large, diamond-shaped deckhouse home windows are constructed on barely angled planes and have diagonal joints in a typical Righini innovation, giving the yacht a recognisable profile.
The S6 retains different distinctive S-model options such because the bow defend on the trapezoid bow and the particular geometry of the glazed surfaces within the hull, which flood the interiors with gentle and the proprietor’s suite specifically.
Guida has adorned the interiors utilizing a clear, elegant type, with the model introduced at Cannes pairing gentle and darkish oak, combining them with picket tops that includes authentic patterns and shiny finishes in polished chrome-plated metal frames.
Lighting performs a key function, with oblique sources used to provide the areas an airier really feel. Owners may also select extra accentuated color contrasts that set off Thai wooden in opposition to darkish oak.
The large outside areas embody a cockpit that includes a roomy, aft-facing sunbathing space and a eating house with cellular bar shaded from the solar. Another sunbathing space ahead within the bow is trapezoid in form, with an enormous free space and a forward-facing couch.
Numerous effort has gone into the storage areas, with lockers designed to comfortably accommodate fenders, chairs and onboard gear. The structure of the interiors is geared to more room, consolation and comfort, whereas preserving the S assortment’s sporting spirit.
A spacious, welcoming lounge includes a eating desk and a tailored couch, which faces a 49-inch TV.
Like the latest-generation sports activities boats, the galley is positioned on the primary deck. Minimalist, clear and really fashionable, this space blends seamlessly with the remainder of the furnishings and has home equipment by Miele, Azimut’s most well-liked model for a few years.
The decrease deck is reached by a central stairway and has three cabins and two bogs. The grasp cabin midships with en-suite has a double mattress in a diagonal association, which is novel though it doesn’t essentially really feel like the most effective use of house.
Small armchairs or, on request, a conceit desk or different furnishings full the ornament of this room, which actually advantages from the six giant home windows on both aspect, providing exceptional views and lightweight for a cabin on a yacht of this dimension.
The VIP cabin is often within the bow on the yacht this dimension, however this room advantages immensely by being set just a little additional aft – so gaining massively in width – because of the resolution to place the crew cabin within the bow, all made doable by the decreased engine room because of the compact IPS system.
The VIP cabin presents and full-height areas on each side of the mattress, making it a sound different to the proprietor’s suite, and has a portside en-suite lavatory, which doubles because the day head. The twin cabin is to starboard.
The superstructure, stern platform, storage, solar roof and a part of the deck are produced from carbon-fibre, which reduces weight and improves gas economic system, structural integrity and sturdiness.
Azimut stays the one main builder of serial-production boats that characteristic the in depth use of carbon, a characteristic that began with the 72 flybridge launched in 2015. One of the explanations for that is the Avigliana shipyard’s in-house put up curing oven, which raises the temperature of manufactured elements to 60°C in a managed method, bettering the composite materials’s mechanical traits.
The lamination course of for all the massive carbon and glass fibre surfaces makes unique use of vinyl ester resin, which is utilized each to the leathers for exteriors and within the infusion cycle.
Like the S7, the S6 is fitted with three IPS propulsion models and the advantages are quite a few. After Azimut’s Innovation Lab recognised the potential of Volvo Penta’s three-unit IPS answer, it labored with the Swedish firm’s engineers to optimise the hull traces, with a particular deal with the design of the central tunnel that homes the third IPS unit.
The tunnel’s geometry is outlined as a operate of the hull’s goal draught and optimised to cut back water resistance. The hull has a deadrise of 15.5 levels on the transom and 21.2 levels midships.
The three built-in propulsion programs are pushed by a 7.7-litre Volvo Penta D8 engine with six inline cylinders, a twin-flow turbo system and a volumetric compressor, rated 550bhp (405kW) and delivering a high velocity of as much as 35 knots.
The system’s most necessary profit is vastly improved gas consumption, plus it reduces vibration, noise and gross tonnage. It additionally will increase the space between the exterior pivoting pods, bettering dealing with response and acceleration, whereas the decreased dimension means the engine room could be positioned additional aft, releasing up extra room for lower-deck lodging.
The IPS system’s different advantages embody joystick driving and Active Trim Control, which routinely adjusts lateral and longitudinal trim to optimise gas effectivity in any respect speeds.
The compact engine room additionally frees up house for a big storage that may include a three.3m hydrojet tender, together with the Pirelli J33 – Azimut Special Edition constructed by Tecnorib. For such a trendy and highly effective motor yacht, the S6 positive packs rather a lot in and construct nicely on the robust improvements pioneered by its large sister.
(Note: The authentic article appeared in Yacht Style journal Issue 45)
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