Three 900-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS 1200 diesels matched to pod drives were amazingly quiet exiting the harbor, a benefit made possible by the underwater exhaust ports. The forward-facing, counter-rotating props provided a great grip as I advanced the lower helm’s throttles. Her bow stayed well below the horizon, indicating that the hydrodynamic wizards at Azimut Yachts and Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture had taken great care with their computations. Interestingly, the dual-lever binnacle was designed to provide single-engine control of whichever outboard unit the skipper selected, but when used together, the center engine and drive were perfectly in sync with the other two. The 77S was on plane quickly. Her deep-V forward sections, 14-degree transom deadrise and 58-ton displacement made quick work of the choppy waters with a smooth ride. At 22 knots, her engines burned just 67 gallons of diesel per hour. At a higher cruising speed of 28 knots, fuel burn increased to 89 gallons per hour.