Azimut opens the yachting season and presents 16 models at the 44th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, including three eagerly awaited premieres: the two new generation superyachts Grande 26M and Grande 36M and the Magellano 30M crossover coupe.
Committed for over ten years to reducing emissions through a combination of three key factors – weight reduction by using carbon fibre, research into increasingly efficient hulls, and alternative propulsion systems – Azimut pioneered the approach to sustainability issues with the creation of the family of Low Emission Yachts, which now includes a remarkable 50% of the models in the range.
For Azimut, the benchmark for including new models in this family is “20% less” emissions compared to the market average.
Grande 26M. Azimut was the first brand to believe in Pod propulsion systems, today’s market-beating technology. Drawing on past experience, for Grande 26M the Yard developed the new Pod 4600 propulsion system in partnership with ZF and installed it for the first time on the new Grande line flagship. The system, combined with a 30% lighter superstructure achieved through the extensive use of carbon fibre, delivers 20% lower fuel consumption than boats the same size at the most frequently set speeds.
Grande 26M is the result of the ambitious project to set a new benchmark in this size category and offer the same features as a mega yacht. This has been achieved thanks to five cabins, including the full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck, and separate flows for guests and crew, who have quarters located in the bow to guarantee absolute privacy, as is the case on superyachts.
Another stunning feature is the remarkable Deck2Deck™ Terrace, developed around the revolutionary new feature launched on the market by the range flagship, Grande Trideck: a terrace that looks out to sea from the water’s edge. The Deck2Deck™ Terrace is obtained by extending the transom, which can fold up to transform the cockpit into a spacious terrace suspended between the sea and the sky, for use either as a lounge space or a dining area with a walkaround table.
The exterior styling is penned by the unmistakable hand of Alberto Mancini, while the interiors are designed by Achille Salvagni.
Grande 36M features the stunning Infinity Skydeck concept, the first upper deck that runs on the same level from the stern to the tip of the bow. This revolutionizes the traditional layout and creates an area that didn’t exist before on boats this size. In addition, the fully recessed glazed surfaces in the skylounge extend the space out into infinity, transforming the upper deck into a glass house that can be opened on three sides.
Grande 36M forms part of the Low Emission Yacht range thanks to synergy between the high-efficiency D2P® Displacement-to-Planing hull, designed by P.L. AUSONIO Naval Architecture in conjunction with the Yard’s research and development office, and extensive use of carbon fibre to reduce the weight of the superstructure. These innovative design features introduced by Azimut make it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30% compared to boats of the same weight and size with a traditional chine hull.
In this case too, the exterior styling is by Alberto Mancini, while the interior design is by Achille Salvagni.
Magellano 30M. Inspired by the culture of trawlers designed for long-range voyages, Azimut interprets this model with a contemporary twist and, as far back as 2007, developed the concept of the first Crossover in the history of yachting, revolutionizing the experience of navigation by introducing a product category that didn’t exist before.
The Magellano line meets the needs of a contemporary owner who loves travelling, with the two speed modes, the latest-generation high-efficiency hull, and a design of rare sophistication.
Hence the choice of UK-based architect Ken Freivokh, the designer who is equally at home working on sailing and motor yachts, and whose elegant style has shaped the exteriors of this crossover coupe with its sleek superstructure.
The creative mind behind the interiors is that of famous architect and designer Vincenzo De Cotiis.
For the first time on a yacht this size, the single helm station makes it possible to break from tradition in the layout, leaving space on the main deck for the generous lounge with a 270-degree view of the sea.
Magellano 30M adapts to a variety of sea conditions thanks to the Dual Mode double chine hull, which compared with traditional hard chine hulls ensures smoother entry into the water and guaranteed efficiency and stability even in rough sea, plus a 20% reduction in emissions. Another feature that ensures seamless contact with the sea and respect for the natural environment around the yacht is Zero Emission Hotel Mode, a stand-by operating state that keeps the onboard systems supplied with power without switching on the generators, for up to four hours during the day and eight hours at night, so the owner and guests can enjoy the sound of silence at anchor.
During the press conference, Azimut anticipates the new S7, which will be presented at the Düsseldorf Boat Show 2023.
The S Line family of sportier performance products is also the focus of Azimut’s most advanced research. The high-efficiency hull, carbon superstructure and IPS triple propulsion system reduce the fuel consumption of the new S7 by up to 30% at medium and high speeds.
The exterior styling is designed by Alberto Mancini and the interiors are by the Yachtique division, Azimut|Benetti Group’s interior design atelier.
Visitors will be embarrassed for choice by the huge selection of superyachts on show, including Grande Trideck, Grande 27M, Grande 32 M, Magellano 66, Fly 78, Fly 72, Fly 60, Fly 50, Fly 53, S10, S8, S6, Atlantis 51.