Your first impression of the 70 comes in the cockpit and here there is a comfortable settee surrounding a raw teak table. A notable feature here are the side doors in the bulwarks that make it easy to get ashore if you berth side-on. Another good feature is a panel that has all the fire suppression and engine stop switches, so that if things do go wrong, you can easily handle the situation. A lot of builders hide safety features such as this on the basis that owners do not want to be reminded of possible risks. Azimut put them where they are easily accessible, so that if the worst does happen, you have a much better chance of sorting the situation out.
There are double sliding doors into the saloon that create a wide space when opened up. The saloon itself has been kept simple with a low, C-shaped settee on one side and the TV and entertainment systems on the other. There are excellent secure stowages for the crockery and cutlery, but it is two steps up to the elegant dining area. The table here can seat eight and the table itself has a crocodile skin surface, a material that is also used on the dashboard and as a feature on the doors below. The fully-equipped, semi-enclosed galley is in close reach to the dining table.
The panelling and furniture is in a beautiful limed oak, complemented by some contrasting fabric panels and seating. There are some contrasting dark chocolate-coloured mouldings that do little to enhance the interior – owners are likely to be offered a cream option. Much the same décor is used below, but I must mention the wonderful doors that are in limed oak with metal strip inserts and those crocodile skin panels. The layout is conventional, with two twin cabins, plus a master and a VIP suite.
The full-width master suite is sensibly done with the bed in the centre, where there are good outside views through the fan shaped side windows. On one side, there is a settee and on the other a vanity unit. To complete the picture, there is a walk-in closet and marble is used in the bathroom, which comes complete with a large spa shower. The same luxury is found in the VIP stateroom, but on a smaller scale and the three forward cabins all have round showers in their bathrooms. There is a feeling of calm and serenity in these cabins coming from the subdued luxury of the décor.
While the hull is basically the same, moderate V-shape found on most motor yachts of this size, Azimut has introduced innovation at the bow. The fine entry at the waterline quickly widens out into a full shape to increase space in the forward cabin. At deck level it widens further so that the bow is almost squared off, making it easy to work on deck during mooring and anchoring. The anchoring and mooring fittings have been well thought out and security is provided by triple rails along the walkways. These rails do obstruct the view from the wheelhouse, and that could be a reflection nightmare at night.
On the flybridge, the compact helm station is surrounded by a large sunbed with shelter provided by the reverse angle windscreen. A large bar and barbeque cabinet makes entertaining up top easy and fun. There is a large table and matching settee under the arch mast. Although not fitted on the prototype, there are plans for a fixed bimini to extend forward from the arch with a fabric opening panel in the centre.
A pair of 1360-horsepower MAN diesels provide the boost and these drive through a conventional shaft and propeller system to give a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed in the high twenties. The ride is exactly what you would expect for this style of yacht – stately rather than exciting – but with enough performance to cover the miles quickly. The conditions on the sea trial did not provide a serious handling test, but I believe that the 70 could handle adverse conditions competently, although the full bow shape could make the hull sensitive to waves in a head sea.
The Azimut 70 is a sort of dream motor yacht, one where you become very conscious that the designers have given a lot of thought to making this yacht both a pleasure to own and one where safety has not taken second place to style. The profile is modern and sleek with looks that should not date quickly and it would be easy to develop a long-term love affair with this yacht.
Azimut 70 – Technical Specifications
Length overall 21.62 m (70’11’’)
Beam at main section 5.56 m (18 ft 3 in)
Draught 1.17 m (3 ft 10 in)
Displacement (full load) 44.4 tonnes
Engines 2 x MAN CR V12 1360 mHP
Maximum speed 32 knots
Cruising speed 28 knots
Fuel capacity 4800 litres
Water capacity 1200 litres
Cabins 4 plus 2 crew
Berths 8 plus 2 crew
Bathrooms 4 plus 1 crew
Hull construction GRP
Hull design Azimut and Sydac S.R.L. Genoa
Exterior styling Stefano Righini
Interior design Carlo Galeazzi