*Our Yacht comes equipped with a captain, crew and dockage. Cruising area is from New York City/Manhattan to the Hamptons to New England to the Jersey Shore.
Sportiness and technology are the two key design concepts in the sleek and stunning Azimut 68S luxury yachts. These are models which facilitate and amplify the enjoyment of plain air living, where the operable hard top and hi-tech solutions merge function and aesthetics. It is a balanced mix of comfort, driving pleasure, and a luxury quite surprising in the world of sport yachts. At sea: leaving a wake in Made in Italy style.
The 68S configuration is what’s known in Europe as an open — think express cruiser on a grand scale. The main deck is one level and includes the saloon, helm and cockpit. One of the many surprises is a set of three glass sliding doors that move completely out of the way to create continuous open living space from the windshield to the transom. Open means just that too, as the retractable cabin roof brings in the sunshine and breezes.
The sun a bit too warm? Close the roof and deploy the retractable fiberglass canopy over the cockpit seating area. Open the power-operated side windows in the saloon for cross ventilation. The choice is yours.
To catch the rays, there are sunpads at the stern and on the bow both expansive with articulating headrests.
The 68S is well-equipped for water sports. A garage in the stern can swallow a tender or personal watercraft with ease. A hydraulically operated swim platform makes an ideal jumping-off point for diving.
The 68S interior décor is one of stylish straight lines and right angles in a tastefully modern yet minimalist look. A dark African mahogany wenge wood is used throughout. It’s contrasted by brushed aluminum used in thin accent strips in the flooring and door panels as well as in the handles and hardware.
Seating in the saloon consists of two settees along either side. To port, a grouping includes a single lounge seat facing aft and two freestanding benches. These can be moved to starboard around a fixed table in front of the sofa on that side. The table’s hinged top makes more room available in the center of the cabin when you’re not dining. Hidden in the pillar base of the table is a 32-inch High Definition TV that rises for viewing at the touch of a button. When the aft saloon doors are open, there’s additional seating for dining at a table on the port side of the cockpit. A bench seat that’s a continuation of the saloon settee serves it.
The galley resides on the lower level at starboard. The ceiling is open to the large expanse of windshield, so plenty of daylight gets in. Appliances include an upright refrigerator/freezer, four-burner stove, microwave oven and double sink. There’s ample storage, including a compartment under the stairway.
Parallel to the galley stairway and separated by a wall panel is a second set of steps that takes you to the lower deck companionway. From here you access the three staterooms aboard the 68S, each of which has an en suite head; there is full standup headroom throughout the space.
The VIP suite, in the bow, has a queen pedestal berth and a full-length hanging locker, plus drawer storage.
The bathrooms are elegant works of art blending steel, glass and wenge wood as its inspiration. The sink bowls and counter tops are clear, one-piece units accented by gleaming chrome faucets and accessories.
The master stateroom on the 68S is unique. At 900 square feet, it’s a private world of your own. Not only does it have a king-size berth, but a very comfortable dining table as well. And both have a spectacular ocean view.
Two rows of three large window panels line each side of the compartment. The bottom edges of the lower ones are set about a foot above the waterline. While under way, you can see the waves splashing in front of you. It’s quite a sight. The master suite has a cedar-lined wardrobe, a closet with shelves and numerous storage drawers.
If it’s performance you’re looking for, then it should come as no surprise that the Azimut 68S has it. With a pair of MTU 12V183 TE94 diesels rated at 1,300 hp each she moves effortlessly reaching a top speed of 36 knots.