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Azimut Reveals Seadeck Series

Inspired by Benetti’s Oasis Deck, Azimut has developed the Seadeck series, kicking off with the world premiere of the Seadeck 6 in January 2024.

Mar 16, 2023 | By John Higginson

Azimut will stage the world premiere of the Seadeck 6 at Boot Dusseldorf from January 20-28, 2024, with the model to be followed by the Seadeck 7 and Seadeck 8 “between 2024 and 2025”.

Seadeck is Azimut’s first line of hybrid motor yachts and its most efficient series to date, with technological solutions that reduce emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to a traditional flybridge boat of similar dimensions, according to the Italian builder.

Signature features include the ‘Fun Island’, a reinvented aft terrace with side decks developed in collaboration with Alberto Mancini, as well as Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, making their debut in the world of yachting.

Over half of Azimut’s fleet is now made up of Low Emission Yachts, models that deliver a 20-30 per cent reduction in emissions. The Seadeck range builds on these efforts, moving closer to the CO2 emissions containment target set by the International Marine Association (IMO) ahead of the 2030 deadline.

Seadeck is the first series of models from 60ft up that integrates Volvo hybrid propulsion, onboard systems designed to reduce energy consumption and solutions to cut emissions, and a state-of-the-art battery pack. Featuring more than 40 per cent carbon-fibre surface, the planing hull is the most efficient built by Azimut.

The ‘Fun Island’ offers an aft-facing island sunpads in the cockpit as well as an outdoor lounging space that connects with the saloon, which all become one connected social area when the sliding doors are opened.

Giovanna Vitelli, Chair of Azimut-Benetti Group, said: “Seadeck is a new starting point for future generations. We wish, once again, to chart a course that will be an inspiration for the entire industry, so that the theme of respect for the environment is interpreted — as it is for Seadeck — with a concrete approach made up of investment, technological research, and the courage to introduce a new lifestyle that embraces the sea.”

To create the Seadeck Series, Azimut worked Mancini as well as, for the first time, Thun and Rodriguez.

Mancini said: “We wanted to create a boat that puts maximum emphasis on the concept of openness and transparency, and that also represented a radical change in terms of the relationship with nature. With the introduction of the Fun Island, Seadeck is actually a floating island where owners can get away from their daily routine and live in total contact with the sea.”

In their interior design concept, Thun and Rodriguez “work by subtraction to reveal the heart of a space where it’s easier to feel good, a redefinition of luxury based on wellbeing and the choice of natural or recycled materials”. As an example, cork — an age-old Mediterranean material capable of spontaneous regeneration — is used to replace teak.

“We prefer to talk about consciousness rather than sustainability, a philosophy that determines our way of practising architecture,” the design duo explain. “We try to work by subtraction, because reduction means durability, both technical and aesthetic. “And a boat must stand the test of time and be beautiful forever.”

This article first appeared on Yacht Style.

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