The Italian shipyard Azimut Yachts presents a new flagship model of the sports line at Cannes Yachting Festival 2019.
A year ago in Cannes, the Italian shipyard Azimut Yachts promised to present the absolutely incredible and largest yacht of its sporting S collection for its 50th anniversary. MBY has already tested other models of this series: at the last boat show in Cannes it was the Azimut S6. Equipped with three Volvo Penta IPS columns at once, the yacht was fantastically easy to control, like a car, quickly accelerating (8 seconds before entering the plane) and accelerating to 36 knots. The interior, minimalistic yet chic, was done by Francesco Guida; he also, as reported by the shipyard, worked on the Azimut S10. It is understandable why we were so eagerly awaiting this Azimut S10, given its almost 100-foot length in the name of the word Grande, like all large custom yachts of the brand.
Announcing the Azimut S10, Paolo Vitelli, founder and CEO of Azimut Yachts, announced that this model will take a new approach to design. Indeed, the exterior design was not done by Stefano Rigini, the author of all Azimut looks over the past twenty years, but by another Italian designer, Alberto Mancini, who is especially good at sports yachts. The first joint project of Mancini and Azimut Yachts was embodied in 28 meters of sporty elegance, demonstrating three seemingly little combined concepts at once. Firstly, the graceful lines of large … sailing yachts. Secondly, the architecture of a modern villa by the sea. Third, a strong personality inherent in automotive design. And all this coexists without “friction” and contradictions.
The dining room is located at the entrance to the salon from the aft cockpit
It is also possible to separate the lounge area from the dining room
The doors between the saloon and the aft cockpit slide fully to integrate these spaces
The lounge area in the saloon and the helm station are separated by a sliding partition
Mancini is known for his love of the automotive world: he originally studied to be a car designer. That is why the bodywork method was applied when developing the exterior of the Azimut S10. This term is translated from English very mundane: bodywork. But in automotive design, he also describes the study of the play of light on the surface of the body, which seriously affects the perception of the car. In this case, we had to work on how the sunlight is reflected from the water on the surface of the hull and superstructure, ensuring that it enriches and emphasizes dynamic forms, creates relief and works on the yacht’s recognition.
Asymmetrical spaces are the key idea behind the Azimut S10 Grande interior designed by Francesco Guida
Another area where Mancini draws inspiration is the aerospace industry. Finally, his personal style is purism: a direction that seeks clarity, precision, perfect proportions without pretentious decorativeness. Unsurprisingly, the Azimut S10 has flowing lines, somewhat atypical for the sports segment, but Azimut Yachts is not the first time to change market standards and chart a new course for the entire industry.
However, the sporty character has not gone anywhere. Azimut S10 promises excellent speed performance, but at the same time – in combination with the volume and exceptional comfort of the living space. It seems that with 100 feet of length, space on board cannot be small and there is no need to economize. Nevertheless, every square centimeter is used here – inside and out.
On the foredeck, where the voluminous railing serves as a railing, there are two sun loungers on the podium and sofas with tables on the sides. From there a gorgeous view of the sea opens. And at sunset, the sun loungers can be removed, creating a space for a party by the water.
Another notable aspect of the S10’s design is a luxurious water-level “beach club” with a huge garage to house a tender, a jet ski and a pair of Seabob underwater tugs. The cockpit aft, divided into a dining / lounge area and a free terrace (where you can, for example, arrange sun loungers), has direct access to the “beach club”. The steps leading to the lower level are hidden to keep the transom lines clean.
But the ladder located in the center to the upper deck, on the contrary, attracts maximum attention. The floating carbon structure, a recognizable design element, emphasizes the strict symmetry of the cockpit. When developing the superstructure, we focused on horizontal lines and color contrast, which made it possible to fit a rather large flybridge into the smooth profile of the sports boat. It accommodates a two-seater control post (port side), a sofa (starboard side), a dining area with two tables that can be transformed into a lounger, and an impressive bar counter. Quite a lot for a sports yacht where you expect to see a truncated sportbridge.
S-series Azimut implies another important advantage of sports yachts – a huge hatch opening above the saloon. On the S10 it is made of electrochromic glass from Isoclima Cromalite; it is also called “smart glass”: it changes its optical properties, for example, the coefficient of light transmission when an electric current is applied. In addition, the glass doors between the saloon and cockpit slide completely open, allowing light and air to flow into the saloon, as well as unifying the interior and exterior space.
Layout principle of the Azimut S10 Grande: versatility expands space
For the interior of the Azimut S10, Francesco Guida used similar materials and colors on open decks and indoors, blurring the line between the yacht’s interior and the environment. At the same time, when privacy is needed, individual zones can be isolated. For example, in the saloon with an unusual asymmetrical layout, there is a sliding glass partition between the dining room in the aft deck and the living room in the central one; the control post is also separated. If necessary, all zones can be combined into a huge space from the transom to the windshield. Lighting was also given a lot of attention: many hidden light sources emphasize the stylistic solutions in the interior.
The lower deck has four cabins and the same number of bathrooms. The master suite with a separate dressing room occupies the entire width of the building (about 6 m) forward of the midsection; A VIP cabin with a diagonal bed is located in the bow, and two more guests with convertible berths are on the sides. In the stern there is a crew compartment for 3-4 people and a galley with a crew dining area.
A sofa at the porthole. The total width of the master cabin from side to side is about 6 m
The bed in the master cabin is made in the form of an island
The body of the S10 is made, like all models of the high-tech S-line, with a wide use of carbon: this material plays not only a constructive, but also a design role. As a result, the planing hull with excellent hydro- and aerodynamic qualities turned out to be extremely durable and light: according to the shipyard, a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines of 2600 hp each. from. accelerate it to 35 knots. At the same time, unlike the younger models of the S-series, classic propeller shafts are used as a transmission.
On yachts of this size, the owners are usually no longer at the helm, but you might be interested to learn about the high-tech helm station created in collaboration with Naviop and the latest development of Azimut’s Innovation Lab – ECS (Enhanced Cruising Solutions) for the most efficient management of all yacht systems.
The combination of high technology and a new approach to design makes the Azimut S10 not only the flagship and the new symbol of the S collection. This project has enabled Azimut Yachts to, in a sense, set a new course in the world of sports yachts, combining high speed performance with huge and luxurious living space. So the model is not wearing the title Grande in vain. And, by the way, in the near future another “grand” will appear in the Azimut Yachts collection: in the spring of 2020, the Italian shipyard will present the new Grandé Magellano 25 Metri.
Dossier Azimut S10 Grande
2 × MTU (2600 HP)
4 + 2 (crew)
fiberglass + carbon