Azimut outlines inspiration behind “gentle” Seadeck series
Azimut-Benetti Chair Giovanna Vitelli and Azimut’s Head of Product Design Federico Lantero explain the key environmentally-conscious “ingredients” driving the new Seadeck series. By Clare Mahon.
Seadeck 7 exterior by Alberto Mancini
The setting couldn’t have been more chic: Horto, a rooftop restaurant with wraparound terraces overlooking Milan, where chef Norbert Niederkofler has earned three Michelin stars with dishes that feature seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients.
Horto’s combination of quality, flair, sustainability and understated good taste offered the culinary equivalents of the new Azimut Seadeck line’s environmentally conscious values, making it a perfect fit for the presentation of the new motor yacht series.
Giovanna Vitelli, Chair of the Azimut-Benetti Group, said the Seadeck line’s environmental values were the result of a “combination of a lot of ingredients”, while “gentle” was the word that came up most frequently during the media presentation.
‘Fun Island’ on Seadeck 7
Alberto Mancini’s exterior lines are as gentle on the eyes as Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez’s interiors will be on the body and soul. Most importantly, the Seadeck line has been designed and engineered to be gentle on the environment.
Federico Lantero, Head of Product Design at Azimut Yachts, said: “When we started work on the Seadeck project, we asked ourselves what the necessities of more environmentally-conscious yachtsmen were. We identified three key points: reduced emissions, sustainable materials and the chance to enjoy the sea in a very direct and authentic way.”
Created for owners who enjoy helming themselves, the Seadeck series will offer fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and ease of use due to Volvo Penta IPS diesel/electric propulsion systems.
‘Fun Island’ on Seadeck 6
Efficient fibreglass hulls will be complemented by superstructures in lightweight carbon-fibre plus sustainable cork decking instead of teak. Other eco-friendly features include solar panels to provide supplemental energy to the battery pack, while water will be heated by recovering engine heat.
In silent ‘Zero Emission’ hotel mode, the batteries will provide power for amenities, stabilisers and air-conditioning for up to four hours at anchor during the day or eight hours at night with the generators switched off.
Each Seadeck model features a ‘Fun Island’ terrace on the sea, expanded by opening the aft side bulwarks. Additionally, large opening windows and sliding doors allow all aboard to move between interiors and exteriors as if they were a single, unified space, offering direct access to the surrounding environment.
Master suite on Seadeck 6
Vitelli said: “The Seadeck series represents a new chapter in our product development history. It’s the synthesis of the [Azimut-Benetti] Group’s know-how and state-of-the-art technology to lower the environmental impact of our yachts.
“Sustainability is a word that is sometimes abused, but it’s a concept we’ve been consciously working on for more than two decades and not just in the last couple of years since the expression has become fashionable.”
Azimut will stage the world premiere of the Seadeck 6 at Boot Dusseldorf from January 20-28, 2024, with the 60ft model to be followed by the Seadeck 7 and Seadeck 8 “between 2024 and 2025”.