Together with the Grande S10, the S8 represents the second unit of the S collection Azimut Yachts presented in the course of the past yachting season. This model features technical solutions and innovative layouts.
In the course of last September’s Cannes Yachting Festival and next to the Grande S10 and the 78 of the Fly collection and the Atlantis 45, Avigliana Azimut Yachts ship yard presented to everyone’s surprise the S8 as well. We’re talking about a sport fly deck in other words a typically proportioned yacht from the cruiser coupé line but featuring a small upper deck which is virtually all comprised into the superstructure. Just as for the latest proposals, for this model as well Azimut turned to Alberto Mancini designer who successfully maintained the presence of the existing continuity there is with the styling of other models he designed.
Original video by the shipyard
Here as well we can see some of Mancini’s peculiar traits whose past in the automotive industry’s car design field stands out in the S8 from the use of GRP for some of the body work, or as decorative elements and structural uses. This Azimut yard has also applied latest generation carbon-tech technology to this yacht as well as in all other Azimut models. In a nutshell talking about GRP is not 100% correct. In fact carbon-tech technology uses a more refined and light carbon fibre to build the deck, transom and platform as well as in a more hybrid form the actual superstructure. Being lighter, carbon fibre can be used more extensively in superstructures while maintaining the correct distribution of the weights with obvious advantages concerning fuel consumption and more efficient engine power.
The S8 boasts three Volvo Penta IPS 1350 engines with 1,000 HP each while benefitting of ECS (Enhanced Cruising Solutions) linked to Active Trim Control and Driving Joystick. According to the yard’s data, the yacht reaches a top speed of 34 knots and 28 when cruising.
In addition to technical and design innovation the S8 offers interesting solutions in the interiors and in the layout of the same. Designer Francesco Guida proposes them in two forms Platinum and Black Pearl decor. Both of these solutions stand out accordingly thanks to the presence of an intermediate deck between the main one and the lower one which is exclusively dedicated to the professional galley which is well isolated from the other areas. Furthermore the creation of a separate space was dictated by the designer’s will to privilege the night section which in fact hosts four cabins, of which one is full beam and dedicated to the owner, two are twins and one’s a VIP plus a separate area for the crew.
The day living quarters comprise a separate dining room and a lounge in which to relax. In the cockpit there’s a small convivial saloon, equipped with a large sun bathing area, a sofa and separate dinette while proceeding forward toward the bow there’s a lovely main saloon and dining area.
The bow external deck segment is furnished with a large lounge area, while aft in the stern there’s a pivoting Platform Expander which makes the bathing platform larger transforming it into a beach club area.
The sport flying deck situated at the very top houses the second helm controls station and a further dinette.
by Daniele Carnevali
The sea trial was pubblished in Superyacht 65 -Spring 2020