Raised pilothouses aren’t unusual to find on a 115-foot (35-meter) megayacht. Neither are full-beam relaxation spaces. But a beach club, a balcony off the master suite, and an optional third deck are. So is a wavepiercer hull design. All of these come together aboard the Azimut Grande 35 Metri. She’s the largest in the Italian builder’s Grande series.
While construction is ongoing, Azimut is giving media, and visitors to this weekend’s Versilia Yachting Rendezvous, a sneak peek. (The Rendezvous is an event in Italy intended to attract more luxury lovers to yachting.) The Grande 35 Metri features styling by Stefano Righini, highlighted by bold, sporty lines. She even looks ready to take you for a pretty fast ride, as megayachts go. Azimut anticipates a top speed of 25½ knots and a cruise speed of 21 knots, under 2,400-hp MTUs.
However, speed isn’t the only focus. In fact, Azimut prioritizes good fuel burn at slower speeds while maintaining good performance at higher ones. The Azimut Grande 35 Metri has a hull form that its sister company, Benetti, also uses for some models. It’s the Displacement to Planing hull, a.k.a. D2P hull. In short, it incorporates a wavepiercer and permits planing speeds without high-horsepower engines. Further encouraging performance, Azimut employs all carbon fiber construction for the model.
To enjoy the ride to your destination, and the destination itself, the Azimut Grande 35 Metri has two attractive alfresco areas. One is the above-mentioned optional third deck, a sundeck. If you request it, you access it aft from the second deck. The other alfresco space is also mentioned above, the beach club. It’s fully for relaxing, too, because of a separate tender garage. The beach area is 129 square feet (12 square meters). Meanwhile, the toy garage can fit a PWC plus a 16-foot-long (5-meter-long) tender. For a little more privacy, enjoy the bow lounge, with a hot tub. It’s 323 square feet (30 square meters).
Inside, you’ll find a main-deck master and four below-decks guest cabins. Four en suite crew cabins, for six hands, sit in the bow. Interior design is by Achille Salvagni Architetti, and a particular highlight is the spiral staircase running throughout. It has backlit onyx steps, adorned with white lacquer on one side and mother of pearl on the other.
Owners will more likely appreciate the “instant balcony,” as Azimut puts it. The Grande 35 Metri has a big port to starboard in the master suite. But, the port actually pushes out on a carbon fiber frame while a floor extends out to form the balcony. Stanchions automatically deploy to both sides as well.
We’ll have a Megayacht News Onboard feature on the Azimut Grande 35 Metri following her formal debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.