The enduring popularity of speedboats is evident in the megayacht market. Some builders offer so-called entry-level megayachts to suit this preference. The Azimut S8 is among these yachts, measuring 80’8″ (24.63 meters). Fresh off her global debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival last fall, the yacht, pledging speeds to 34 knots, is making her way to other major shows for in-person viewing.
Azimut collaborated with designer Alberto Mancini for the sleek, sporty styling. In looks and in size, she picks up where the Azimut 77S left off, a model that is now retired. Carbon fiber and composite construction makes some of the curves possible. In addition, it keeps weight down, therefore helping ensure the megayacht makes the speeds she promises. Even at her average cruise, the Azimut S8 is fast. In fact, the shipyard says her triple Volvo Penta IPS engine package should deliver 27 knots.
Whether you or your captain takes the helm, maneuvering the 18’2” (5.55-meter) megayacht should be a pleasure. The IPS system has a strong reputation in this regard. Joystick control can maintain the course you want regardless of speed, too. Azimut’s in-house team additionally incorporates active trim control, which automatically adjusts the yacht’s attitude, which of course relates to fuel consumption.
Since you’re sure to stop somewhere to enjoy an anchorage, the Azimut S8 has several features coming into play. For instance, she has a garage where you can tuck your choice of SeaBobs or other modest watertoys. The transom folds down to let them launch, further letting you use the platform for lounging (as seen at top). Inside, meanwhile, the galley sits midway between the main and lower decks, to make more relaxation space available. And, because of the compact nature of the IPS system, the four below-decks staterooms are more ample than you might expect.
Take a look aboard the Azimut S8 above. Keep in mind that two decor packages are available, termed Platinum and Black Pearl, from Francesco Guida. The photos here showcase the Black Pearl design.