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Azimut 70

70: the perfect number

And the winning number is 70! Yes, 70’ seems to strike just the right Aristotelian balance between displacement (never enough to cope with all the various kinds of navigation one dreams of grappling with) and a certain bigger-is-better philosophy that has its own complications. The new Azimut 70 is the very epitome of the versatile, comfortable, easy-to-manage motoryacht. Built at Paolo Vitelli’s renowned yard in Avigliana, its exteriors were styled by none other than architect Stefano Righini while Carlo Galeazzi created the elegant sophisticated interiors. The result is exciting indeed. At first sight the hull looks reassuringly traditional, soft and rounded. Until the eye reaches the audaciously geometric windows and portholes which are the first signs of the kind of personal mark this craft is likely to leave.

Every detail was studied to maximise functionality whilst still limiting bulk. The fly bridge, for instance, has everything a fly bridge could want (mini bar, big horse-shoe shaped sofa, dining table, full helm station) yet the designers have still managed to maintain an almost excessively large sun pad aft. Just what was needed to give the boat’s whole line a genuinely nimble flourish.

Even the lounge area in the deck “garden” is an absolutely new take on the mores of this kind of craft and here the first of many surprises begins.

Azimut 70

Moving into the living area, a superb sense of light and space engulfs us, thanks to the highly unusual superstructure design. There doesn’t seem to be anything at all separating sky and sea, in fact, as we are surrounded by formidable dark, mirrored windows for privacy that somehow also manage to give a sense of boundless horizons. Spread over two levels separated by a couple of steps each, the furnishings are all perpendicular lines designed, it feels, to contrast with the curves of windows. Low furnishings, warm hues, subtle ornamentation and geometric panels all combine to create a highly convivial atmosphere in the saloon and dining area, the perfect foil to the endless expanses just beyond the windows. As much floor space as possible is created by turning every last nook and cranny into stowage space. The result is that no less than two double suites, two twin cabins, four bathrooms and a crew quarters aft of the engine room have been easily accommodated on the lower deck. There’s even a striking panoramic breakfast nook in the owner’s suite.

Needless to say, the finish is fabulous too: sophisticated fabrics, oak furnishings and panels with brown suede trim and crocodile-print leather, marble, teak, glass, and entertainment and high-tech audiovisual connections. The new Azimut is powered by twin 1360 hp Man V12s also. An unexpectedly spacious combination of elegance and efficiency.

(Yacht Capital, n. 10/2008)

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