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The revolution starts from below the waterline, and specifically in the engine room, that houses a tri- ple Volvo IPS-1 system: three 435 hp engines with pod and double counter-rotating propellers placed at the front. The choice of the Vol- vo Penta system in this unusual configuration was fundamental for the dynamics of the project. Com- pared to the same power output from just two engines, the triple installation makes it possible to reduce the bulk and length. More- over, since it involves a vertical transmission with pods, and not in-line propeller shafts, it was pos- sible to place the engines right aft and assure the space needed to include a garage able to stow a 2.85 m tender.


The total power output of 1,305 hp is accompanied by limited overall weight, thanks to the use of glass- carbon composite for large areas of the deck and deckhouse and, above all, thanks to the making of structural parts in pure car- bon fiber. The use of glass carbon composite has resulted in an over- all reduction in the weight of the hull by 10% compared to a hull of equal size made from traditional fiberglass.


The sporty performance is proved by a top speed of over 36 knots, as shown by the sea trials un- dertaken. Moreover, the choice of three engines rather than two opens a vast chapter of benefits: at comparable horsepower, three engines weigh less than two, con- sume less than two and produce fewer emissions. If one engine should break down, the remain- ing output will be two-thirds of the total (whereas with two engines, it would be halved). Three turbo- charged engines have less inertia than two and respond more quick- ly, with increased reactivity and sense of sportiness. And finally, the distance between the two ex- ternal engines, and thus between the two external pods, is greater.


This allows for increased effective- ness in maneuvering, especially in mooring. Stefano Righini, Azimut’s long-standing designer, has taken the opportunity offered by the new layout to optimize and inno- vate all the spaces aboard, start- ing with the stern.


Wholly new, original and innova- tive, the bathing platform appears at first sight to be a normal teak


platform jutting out over the sea. But a simple press of the button transforms the zone: the garage door, which is fixed to the bath- ing platform in an L shape, opens and bends towards the sea. As a consequence, the original bathing platform dips into the sea and dis- appears underwater, replaced a few seconds later by a new bath- ing platform. To launch or retrieve the tender, one need only slope the door/bathing platform further and make the boat slide over spe- cial rollers.


It is rather inappropriate to speak of “inside” and “outside” as though they were two distinct set- tings in a boat of the Collezione S. The opening of the sliding hard top, available either in GRP or with large glass panels, makes it effec- tively a single space, thanks also to a continuity of design, style, materials and colors that are iden- tical in both the saloon and the cockpit. Here, the large teak table can be lowered electrically to the level of the C-shaped sofa. In this way, with the addition of cush- ions, the dining area can be trans- formed into an enormous area in which to relax and take in the sun.


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Photography courtesy Azimut Yachts


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