Superyacht 70-Summer 2021
Azimut Grande is the largest superyacht built by Azimut. It’s all of 38 metres long. Project design work was a joint effort involving Alberto Mancini, Achille Salvagni and Pierluigi Ausonio.
Azimut Yachts has always been one of the most technologically advanced shipyards and more so ever since their use of vacuum bagged construction systems and liberal use of carbon fibre. In more recent times much dedicated attention has been invested in renewing yachts’ shapes and adopting new solutions which translated in a better exploitation of volumes. Much of this is owed to Alberto Mancini whose experience in the automotive industry has been deployed in using composites in the building of yachts.
The awesome looking superstructure boasting a beamy bow section is well integrated with the hull design while the second D2P generation developed by Pierluigi Ausonio and the Azimut- Benetti R&D department features lighter and smaller cut glass panels. Aft in the stern, this yacht hosts what ‘s been named “+One” meaning a half deck to be added to the three which give the yacht the name it goes by which is: Trideck. A Sea view Terrace which extends over a surface area of 30 square metres seems suspended in mid air thanks to Mancini’s introduction of what appear to be purposely built out of alignment decks, an all new concept triggering off a sequence of four cascading decks each one serving a diverse function: Sundeck, Dining Terrace, Sea View and last but not least a Beach area.
The sundeck hosts an ample sun bathing space equipped with free standing furniture, a lounge with round sofas, a table which can extend or retract accordingly as well as a wet bar and barbecue.
The Dining Terrace develops externally in the stern section of the upper deck where a table with a maximum seating capacity of 12 has been installed at centre in a pleasant “al fresco” atmosphere, while the best place from which to better enjoy the sight of sun sets sipping long cool drinks in the summer season is the Sea View Terrace furnished with a large “C” shaped sofa enhancing fleeting moments of conviviality. A private, protected yet open Patio that has been devised a few steps down from the Sea View Terrace, accesses the internal living room area.
The beach area is an extendable lounge space of up to 30 square metres at the waters’ edge opening out on three sides. This space can be furnished accordingly and can be fully exploited as the yacht’s garage tender has been installed elsewhere along the topsides. The interiors by Achille Salvagni as the rest of the “Collezione Grande” have also been revisited in terms of layout offering the owner accrued integrated spaces with the exteriors as if they were mere extensions of the same.
Salvagni designed a new decor doing away with superfluous furniture and accessories to make the interiors look larger, privileging shape with seemingly more available volume while remaining below 300 gross tons.
The main deck sports a pleasant access to the Private Patio where we find a mobile bar cabinet on wheels lined with a Carrara marble top, an exquisitely inserted table lamp and large custom made sofas and armchairs of the same naturally matching colours, coffee tables and more according to the owner’s tastes. The details of the flooring in block wood strips are lined in herring bone fashion with brass inserts to reveal some of the care dedicated to hand crafted detail, while on a technological note we find a wireless battery charger inserted into a specially devised slot in the sofa’s structure and much more for discerning trained eyes.
The owner’s suite is situated full beam across toward the bow as far as the wireless battery charger slot and bathroom are. Thai wood work in this area is contrasted by polished mahogany block wood and Cardoso stone flooring.
Two twin VIP guest cabins are situated along the lower deck next to two other guest cabins. The flexibility of this layout leaves plenty of space in which to “customize” owners’ requests. The first units in the order book envisage six guest cabins with the sixth installed along the upper deck where Salvagni also positioned a poly-functional dining area or games room, or a movie theatre to watch movies on a popup 55” screen. A second more traditional layout sports a dining area instead and a pantry with the captain’s cabin along the upper deck which communicates with the helm controls station equipped with an integrated Simrad Command system.
The D2P second generation hull which compared to the large 35 metre Grande’s one is 15% more efficient. At a recommended speed of 15 knots with a pair of 2,400 HP MTU engines or two 2,600 HP ones installed on to the first generation hull, allow Grande’s Tri-deck a top speed of 24 knots and an efficient speed in displacing mode at 12 knots with a range of more than 1,700 sea miles.
Therefore less fuel is requested also thanks to a Carbon build which is lighter, exceptionally resistant and offers greater efficiency at sea specially more so with the Argo automatic stabiliser system offered by CMC marine. Among some of the technology Azimut Grande possesses there’s a power management system by Sea Energy which allows automatic optimisation of electricity consumption on board and the Hotel Mode option which allows lying to an anchor in a bay with zero emissions in regenerating total silence.
by Daniele Carnevali
For further information: Azimut Yachts