Photography by Azimut Yachts
16 May 2017
Drawing on Azimut carbon fibre technology and the expertise of Stefano Righini, who designed the exteriors, the new Azimut Grande 35 is innovative – representing a masterpiece of style and space.
The yacht has an exceptionally wide body and sleek exteriors, featuring exceptional full-height windows in both the bow and salon. Furthermore, Azimut offers the option to add an additional sundeck on a spectacular third level. This solution also doesn’t affect the superyacht’s balance and retains the model’s overall dynamism.
With a maximum beam of 7.5 metres, the wide-body Grande 35 METRI has all the features of larger superyachts, like the side garage for a 5-metre tender plus a 3.25-metre jet-ski. These features leave the stern completely free for a magnificent 12 m2 beach area provided by the large pivoting swim platform.
A second surprising lounge (or beach club) area in the bow is fitted with sofas, a sun lounging area and a hydro massage tub. The spacious deck area in front the tub acts as a platform that can be raised using an electrohydraulic mechanism to gain access to the winches and fender racks beneath. The trapezoidal bow (one of Righini’s hallmarks) provides plenty of space and even more comfort throughout the area during both mooring operations and navigation.
The interiors of the Azimut Grande 35 METRI are designed by world renowned architect Achille Salvagni, who uses flowing lines and streamlined shapes to reinterpret various classical features from a distinctive and unmistakably contemporary point of view.
The forms created by Salvagni shape and permeate the interiors with a system that is never banal or dictated by fleeting fashions. The interiors are serene, calm and sophisticated in their simplicity.
The main deck contains the owner’s suite, where the king size central bed becomes the main feature around which the entire space revolves. The highpoint of the owner’s suite is its unique private balcony, which is unprecedented on a 35-metre yacht. Using a mechanism that is highly sophisticated but extremely straightforward, the section of the full-height window with a carbon fibre frame folds out, while the floor of the balcony extends from under the cabin, protected by automatic stanchions. The result is the ‘Instant Balcony’, with no uprights or other obstacles to spoil the panoramic view from the owner’s suite.
Below deck, the layout includes four guest cabins (two ‘VIP cabins’ with double beds and two with twin beds), with access from a central lobby. One of the standout features of the Azimut Grande 35 METRI’s interiors is the spiral staircase, which connects all the decks, from the lower deck to the pilot house.
No effort has been spared to make the Grande 35 METRI a paradigm of comfort. Particular care has been taken concerning noise reduction, with the use of elastic mountings for the propulsion system transmission and the introduction of modal analysis into the design process. This technique, borrowed from the aerospace industry, is used to study and predict the potential stresses and vibrations to which the surfaces will be subjected, allowing the structures to be planned in such a way as to reduce them to a minimum for excellent acoustic comfort.
The D2P_Displacement to Planing® hull, designed by Pierluigi Ausonio in conjunction with the Azimut Benetti Research & Development centre, combines the comfort typical of a displacement hull with the performance of a planing hull and a wave piercer to improve fuel efficiency.
The D2P hull with wave piercer means the yacht can reach high top speeds without needing particularly powerful engines. The hull has been optimised for the full range of most frequently used speeds, including both long range displacement mode speeds of 10-12 knots and cruising speeds in semi-displacement mode.
The Grande 35 METRI, with two MTU 16V2000 M93 engines rated 2,400hp each, has an estimated cruising speed of 21 knots and a top speed of 25.5 knots.
The Azimut Grande 35 METRI is the crowned prince in the Grande Collection, representing a step forward in the search for new solutions that benefit owners regarding technology, design, comfort and navigation efficiency.