Originally launched as GOGAMIGOGA, this Azimut 103 Sport was commissioned by Azimut founder Paolo Vitelli and built under the highest standards and fit and finish.
This Water Jet propelled Azimut 103 Sport is certainly distinguished from any other build.
Now painted throughout in a jet black glossy paint, this sport yacht is a head turner.
With almost 5,000 hp on demand from two MTU engines and Kamewa jet drives, this yacht is as powerful as she is sleek and stylish. SETTE has been kept with an open checkbook, have been completely redone. SETTE is the finest example of Italian craftsmanship and design that makes Azimut such a successful brand.
The Azimut/Benetti group is the largest motoryacht builder in the world and they continue to innovate and surprise with their new designs. Fulvio di Simoni has a knack for envisioning the improved facilities that owners demand and interior designer Carlo Galeazzi adds the finishing touches that make these yachts stand out.
The cockpit is large and dotted with settees and tables that allow both intimate and open seating. The cockpit is served by a bar on the starboard side corner and outside there is a table that’s large enough for al fresco dining. On the flying bridge, similar amenities are complemented by a bar, creating several entertainment areas. The foredeck features more seating and a sunbed that’s set into a protected bimini top. Extending the outdoor options is a very large retractable sunroof over the main salon. The rear doors also open fully to connect salon and cockpit. Bimini protection is available on the flying bridge and a blind across the sunroof reduces glare in the salon.
The 103S has added a bridge helm and more seating, stretching its profile vertically without compromising its good looks. I like the way the forward-facing seats have been fitted at this helm so that guests can enjoy a safe, wind-in-the-hair experience.
At the lower helm, there are three good seats with an adjustable one in the center for the skipper. A vast array of electronics creates a very impressive dash layout.
This 103S is one of the very few large yachts fitted with waterjet propulsion and these KaMeWa units come with their own dedicated control system. Each engine installation has a combined throttle lever and bucket control that can operate independently, so maneuvering is very much a two-handed job. At the lower helm, the controls are located on either side of the helm seat- although at speed both engines can be controlled from one lever. For trim adjustment, this 103S is fitted with quadruple interceptors.
There is plenty of power available from the twin V16 MTU diesels. The 2,434-horsepower engines, coupled to the KaMeWa water jets via a clutch system, are enough to take this yacht up to 34 knots in light conditions. The auxiliary systems in the engine compartment are fitted around the main engines and the stainless steel piping for the bilge-pumping and fuel-transfer systems is impressive.
The tender garage aft is exceptionally large with space for an 18-foot tender and a personal watercraft. An integral system makes launch and recovery a simple operation and the large swim platform is a handy base for watersports. A stairway leads from the swim platform to the open spaces of the cockpit and then on to the triple doors of the salon. Like the cockpit, in this arrangement, the salon is mainly dedicated to seating but a dining area is included in the standard layout. This area has direct access to the galley, which is down a stairway on the starboard side of the helm. Equipped to restaurant standards, the galley is stark in stainless steel and white but has a full range of equipment.
Galeazzi has done a great job on the interior, with dark wenge wood matched to oatmeal-colored fabrics and off-white window blinds. There’s a greater emphasis on glass-not only in the furniture, but in the heads, where molded-glass washbasins match the luxuriousness of the overall decor. The result is a comfortable, modern look. The layout counts with four guest cabin accommodations featuring a master suite, a VIP cabin forward and 2 twin cabins mirrored on port and starboard sides. A large crew area is located forward of the engine room.
The full-beam master suite is spacious with a small lounge area to port. A desk to starboard is below the large side windows to take advantage of the natural light. Aft is a large head and a dressing area that help to isolate the stateroom from the engine compartment, although noise levels are so low on this yacht that this is hardly necessary.
The powerful looks of the 103S are complemented by its excellent sea performance. The overwhelming impression is a complete lack of vibration from the propulsion, a dramatic contrast to normal propeller systems. The full bow shape lifts at speed and presents a fine entry that cuts cleanly through the waves. The sensitive steering takes a bit of getting used to but it does make this yacht very responsive, bringing a sport-boat feel to the large-yacht driving experience. From the lower helm you get little impression of speed because everything is so quiet, but up on the flying bridge you can really feel the high-speed performance.
The 103S is an impressive yacht, with a good-looking design that is bound to stand out in a harbor and to thrill at sea.