August 20, 2009

Projects: Azimut 78, Azimut 74 Magellano, Azimut 72S, Azimut 40S

As Azimut highly anticipated at the end of last year, the 2009 will mark the presentation of eight new models. The first new model presented was the innovative 53, previewed during the Yachting Gala. PowerYachtBlog also gave an exclusive detailed anticipation to the new 38 Flybridge which Azimut in cooperation with its British dealer Clipper Marine will present at the Southampton boat show. Now is the turn to present four Azimut projects to be unveiled during the important shows the coming fall. Azimut gave little details of the new models so the comments here are a guess of what can be seen in the rendering images. Surely as is in all the new models of the Italian builder, the exterior design is entrusted to Stefano Righini, with Carlo Galeazzi taking care for the interiors. The first of our presentations is the Azimut 78 which looks to be a further development to the 75. The new 78 apart length adds also opening view windows in the cabins. With the single big view window in the owners stateroom, now replaced by a set of four vertical windows which also open to allow a natural flow of air. The Azimut 74 Magellano, has finally arrived. Paolo Vitelli President of the Azimut Benetti Group has given hints for this projects in his past interviews and finally it looks to be here. If his interviews are correct the 74 Magellano will have an extended range of round 1000 nautical miles, with max speeds in the low twenties, and cruising of around fifteen knots. This will be the last debuted of the eight new models for 2009, with November month being announced as its launching date. Still it is also the most expected from the media as well as the yachtsman. The year 2009 marks new additions to the Azimut S line, after an absence of 2 years. The 103 SL was the last new model presented for this line during the Dubai Show of 2007. Now the 72S is the next upcoming model and is set to be presented at the Cannes show. As the rendering clearly shows the 72S will have a sport bridge offering a second helm station up top but without disturbing the sleek lines Sport Yacht looks. This is the second Azimut with a sport bridge, with the only other being the 103 SL flagship of the line. Azimut presents also a new smaller S line model, with the 40S. So far no details are announced but imagine a similar two double cabin two head interior, as is the case for the new entry level 38 Flybridge.

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