Azimut has launched yet another new model, and this time the lessons learned from the popular 55S have served as the model for the larger 77S. No strangers to collaboration, Azimut tapped into the talents of longtime Azimut partner Stefano Righini for the concept and exterior design while the interior design was the work of Carlo Galeazzi. The result is an exciting new look that still combines some of the trademark Azimut characteristics the brand is recognized for. Let’s take a snapshot look at what we can expect to see as she makes her North American debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
4 cabins plus two crew cabins
4 head compartment and 1 crew head compartment
Exterior styling and concept by Stefano Righini
V-shape keel with 14-degree deadrise aft
Powered by triple 900-hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS1200 engines
77' 5'' 23.6 m
18' 3'' 5.55 m
116,000 lbs. 52,617 kg
5' 5'' 1.64 m
- Draft Up
- Draft Down
- Air Draft
1,056 gal. 4,000 L
290 gal. 1,100 L
Length on Trailer
Height on Trailer
Total Weight (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
The windows wrap around the ever-present shark fin trademark, making this easily identified as an Azimut. But notice too, the flying bridge with an opening sunroof just ahead. Azimut started this concept and calls it “Sport Fly”.
The S Series of Azimut Yachts exemplifies a blend of sleek, sporty styling with advanced technology. This express yacht combines a retractable hardtop with a sporty flybridge, providing lots of open-air gathering areas. Azimut calls the concept the “Sport Fly”.
The 55S served as the inspiration for this latest iteration and it carries the same tradition of the wave piercing forward entry with a broader, squared-off topside, providing more working room to the foredeck as well as added space in the VIP stateroom below.
The flybridge allows an operator to enjoy the expansive views that only an elevated position can provide. A pair of pedestal helm seats allows for the captain to have another set of eyes joining in on the navigation. Full instrumentation and dual navigation displays ease the chores while underway. The bridge area totals 17 sq. ft. (183 sq. m), providing plenty of space for a sun lounge.The helm can also be ordered with a single pedestal seat adding more space for guests on the flying bridge. A sun pad alongside shouldn’t prove to be too much of a distraction to a well-disciplined captain. As this is a port side mounted helm, having the controls to port also allows for easy docking with a view of the vessel’s full length. There’s also a good view of the stern through the stairwell to the rear. The view from the flying bridge shows the glass sunroof over the main deck where the dining area and helm are located. Forward is the bow sun pad and dining area. High rails protect not only the bow but also the side decks. With the sunroof in the open position we can see just how large the opening is and how much natural light is admitted to the dining area.
With a LOA of 77’5” (23.6 m) and a beam of 18’3” (5.56 m), there’s still room for side decks to port and starboard, allowing for a safe transition to the bow and the forward entertainment areas.
The main deck receives the lion’s share of natural light from wraparound windows. Carlo Galeazzi did a masterful job of combining earth tones and resilient fabrics with the Zebrano woods to create a luxurious interior that is also functional. The lower helm has a single seat to maximize the space dedicated to the living area. As with all Azimut models, the sheer volume of windows is impressive, and more light comes in from overhead.
The swim platform never seems to get much attention on any boat, short of being optioned out for hydraulically lowering into the water. Azimut took the initiative and went one further by creating a pivoting stern platform that rotates open, and then lowers to serves as a private beach or launch a tender. The transom ahead of the open platform rises to expose the tender garage. It’s a clever concept that adds to the 77S’ allure. The garage itself is also quite impressive. Teak lined, it accommodates a 12’8” (3.85 m) tender and a PWC.
The swim platform pivots out from the transom to create a private beach that can also be submerged. The tender garage can hold a jet RIB and a PWC. Both are easily launched from the platform.
An electric Bimini top protects the cockpit which includes a massive sunbathing deck. A dining table is positioned just ahead of the large sun pad. Stairs to port and starboard lead to the innovative swim platform.
A teak-stair ladder leads to the flying bridge to port. The fixed sun pad makes an excellent place to soak up the rays, even while the 77S is underway. It’s well protected with rails to the sides. The seatback to the sun pad can be reclined, further enhancing the comfort level. The cockpit has the usual dining area just ahead of the massive sun pad. Decking is teak with black seams. Warping winches can be seen to the sides for stern-to mooring. Notice the courtesy lighting at the base of the seats.
The salon features opposing seating with a centerline walkthrough to the dining area. Everything is on the same level with no steps from the cockpit to the forward windshield. With a smaller flying bridge above, weight considerations are kept to a minimum, allowing Azimut to take full advantage of the benefits of surrounding the main deck in glass.
The overhead treatments are a perfect accompaniment to the lines of the forward sunroof. LED lighting is found above the seating areas. Dark highlights offset the light woods and fabrics. The “pop-up” TV is now seemingly a required piece of equipment on yachts of any size. Here it’s expertly tucked into a seatback.
Azimut placed the dining table at the port side and just ahead of the main salon. This location benefits from the close proximity to the stairs and the galley below. It also makes an ideal location from a natural light point-of-view. The massive side windows, forward windshield and overhead retractable sunroof all combine to turn a formal venue into an al fresco dining area.
Even with the “shark fin” trademark in the windows, there's still plenty of natural light in the dining area. The table seats eight. A small refrigerator/icemaker sits just to the left. Stairs to the lower deck are on the centerline. With the sunroof open the interior blends seamlessly with the exterior for al fresco dining. The helm takes on a “less is more” ambiance with minimal panel clutter thanks to multi-function displays. The seat is fully-adjustable and the visibility is outstanding due to the narrow window mullions.
Forward, in true Italian form, a spacious sun pad adorns the bow. Just behind is a dinette area that will allow for tremendous views while lunching underway. When the yacht is moored stern-to, this will serve to provide a private dining area away from prying eyes.
A retractable cabana protects the bow dining area from the elements. Speakers are to both sides facing the sunpad. With the cabana retracted, everything stows away neatly around the seating area, clearing the sightline from the lower helm station. Notice how the seating area is accessible from both sides. Even with the large sun pad, there’s still a large trunk cabin ahead, adding to the spaciousness of the VIP below.
The IPS power systems require a minimal amount of space, leaving adequate interior room for four staterooms plus two cabins for crew. Each of the four staterooms on the 77S has its own private head. Crews are berthed just ahead of the engine room, and a private entrance keeps the paid help separate from the guests.
Owners and guests are truly surrounded by luxury on the 77S. The forward VIP benefits from the squared bow, providing more interior space. All bulkheads are insulated from sound to ensure that conversations from one stateroom do not transfer to another. All staterooms receive ample light from the sheer volume of hull side windows. A queen berth and two twin-bed staterooms sleep six comfortably. The full-beam master has a center-mounted king with a sitting area nestled in front of the six separate windows to starboard. To port, a lacquer-finished bureau is positioned just below the windows so as not to impede on their natural light… or beauty.
The master berth is king-sized, with lots of storage underneath. The overhead treatments mirror those in the main salon. A sitting area is located against the starboard windows. To the port side is a lacquered bureau low enough to allow good sightlines out of the hull side windows. Having an area where the owners can relax and enjoy a little quiet time without having to get into the bed is a pivotal component in any quality yacht.
All of the lower deck areas have good headroom at 6’6” (1.98 m) in addition to ample storage, more so in the master and VIP staterooms where the beds lift on gas assist struts for accessing the space underneath.
The VIP stateroom benefits from the squared-off bow and the hull side windows. Note the storage above the windows. All staterooms have private heads with separate walk-in showers. Opening port lights provide natural ventilation. Double berths occupy two of the three guest staterooms. Azimut will make these into single berths, if desired.
The fully-equipped galley area warrants a premium-grade chef. There are numerous work areas, plenty of storage (including an in-deck pantry), and a four-burner cooktop. Opening portlights just ahead of the stove, along with a ventilation hood, keep cooking odors at bay.
The galley is fully-equipped with high-end appliances. Natural and artificial ventilation keep odors from reaching the upper deck.
Power and Performance
The 77S benefits from the economy of triple 900-hp Volvo Penta IPS1200 engines with pod drives. This combination provides a significant reduction in fuel consumption, according to the company, up to 29% at cruise and 34% at full throttle, it says. Azimut expects the 77S to achieve a WOT of 33 kts and cruise comfortably at 25 kts. Our test on many vessels with three IPS engines have shown that this propulsion system is more efficient than two very large engines.And with joystick maneuverability, the close-quarters handling of the yacht should be exemplary. She will be capable of being owner-operated, though at this level most owners will opt for a professional crew. Additionally, with the lack of long shafts and transmissions to the rear of the engines, Azimut was able to more adequately utilize the space that these IPS driven engines provide and create an uninterrupted living space in the yacht’s lower deck.
Three Engines… Why not Two?
We’re glad that question was asked. In terms of efficiency and fuel consumption, one would think that two engines would burn less fuel than three. But Azimut’s engineers argue, and our tests have proven, that three engines are more efficient. When pushing a lot of weight (58 tonnes at full load, in this case) -- 127,832 lbs. (57,984 kg) -- many hands make light work. Such is the case when considering two engines pushing the load that three can do even easier.
The tender garage takes up the space above the engines, but the sides are still easily accessible for servicing and regular maintenance. Because of the space that IPS installations provide, the 77S can have separate crew quarters without sacrificing the space used for the tender garage.
Pricing and Observations
The 77S is an exciting addition to the Azimut lineup. She debuted at the Cannes show and will make her NA premier at Fort Lauderdale. Don’t expect to drive away with a newly purchased version from the show though. The backlog was immediate with four being sold from preview alone, according to the builder. At $4.5m each, that’s an impressive number.
Standard and Optional Features
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