Azimut Yachts launches the new model of the Flybridge collection, in its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, designed in collaboration with Alberto Mancini for the exteriors and Achille Salvagni for the interiors. Thanks to the shipyard’s in-depth knowledge of the market and its vast experience with owners from all over the world, Azimut Yachts designed a 21-meter yacht that adapts to the desires of contemporary owners who increasingly insist on bespoke solutions even for smaller boats.
The interiors were designed to produce maximum stylistic harmony, in which every single detail – from the ambiance as a whole down to the smallest furnishing accessories – is contrived by the same hand to arrive at an absolute project in the truest sense of the term. Achille Salvagni, designer of the interiors, brings to the new 68 some of the defining features of his most important projects, such as smooth, curving lines, generous spaces embodying a concept of informal and unostentatious conviviality and, lastly, an extraordinary cleanness of line. One of several important points that clearly distinguish the spaces on this boat from those on other similarly sized yachts, is the solution adopted to give the galley a feeling of privacy while allowing light to flow freely, significantly increasing the perception of space. This important and innovative design solution makes it possible to close off an area without making it feel at all cramped: vertical ribbing and plexiglass are used to separate two spaces physically yet almost intangibly, because of their low visual impact. Another fundamental concept in the interior design of the yacht is undoubtedly the transformability and multifunctionality of the spaces. This is particularly clear in the day area on the Main Deck, laid out on two levels. Thanks to two coffee tables that can be lowered and the possibility of installing a second TV in the wall, this zone can be turned into two different and independent areas. An important feature of the interiors is the spaciousness of the night area, configured to offer four cabins and three bathrooms of decidedly generous dimensions (high ceilings, roomy wardrobes and long beds). The stand-out feature in the 68’s interiors, lastly, is the refined owner’s suite, characterized by a natural and unaffected sense of luxury and an atmosphere of wellbeing that is close to the modern concept of wellness.
The lines of this new Azimut 68 are clean, harmonious and subtle. Designed by Alberto Mancini, who has always found inspiration in car design and built on this to develop a stylistic language that is breathing new life into yacht design, with decidedly advanced shape modelling and the replacement of certain steel details with fiberglass, giving them the strength of design features. Here too, Azimut Yachts is pursuing a profound stylistic renewal, one characterized by extreme cleanness of design and line, where the dark side panels seem to merge with the windows, almost dematerializing them and giving the whole an admirable lightness. Like the interiors, the external areas are defined by transformability and multifunctionality, especially noticeable in the spacious bow zone, where part of the sun pad (over 2 meters long) can be flipped to create a huge lounge furnished with a facing pair of extra-deep and incredibly comfy sofas, ideal for moments of absolute relaxation and conviviality. The Fly offers generous spaces and three separate zones: a spacious sun pad, a dining area, and a stern area that can also be used for sunbathing or furnished with large sofas as a conversation area. A special Azimut Yachts edition of the Pirelli J33 tender is stowed on the swim platform.
Carbon Tech Generation
This project too is a new step forward in Azimut Yachts’ drive to build lighter vessels with more space onboard, but without making any sacrifices in terms of their excellent consumption levels, stability and maneuverability. Extensive use of carbon fiber in the new 68’s topside (superstructure, hard top and part of the deck) lowers the center of gravity, for impeccable cruising considering the generous spaces offered by the yacht. The hull designed in partnership with Pierluigi Ausonio’s firm P.L.A.N.A. is optimized to achieve maximum efficiency and autonomy, and above all ever lower consumption levels in line with Azimut Yachts’ design philosophy, which is to offer the market low impact products that respect the marine ecosystem. The high efficiency hull is paired with the ideal propulsion system, comprising two Volvo IPS 1350 engines delivering a top speed of 32 knots. The new Azimut 68 is therefore light, silent and easy to maneuver. It also features various solutions identified by Azimut Yachts’ Innovation Lab as part of its ECS – Enhanced Cruising Solutions program, such as the Joystick Driving System, the Garmin Control Monitoring System, and active trim control. As well as being provided with CE (category A) certification, the new Azimut 68 meets HTS High Technical Standard requirements, testifying to the high technical standards applied to the design.