Text by Corina Tan
Founded in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli, Azimut Yachts offer an environmentally and socially sustainable range of motor yachts that are in the forefront of trends, technology and design. Their wide range feature yachts from 42 to 125 feet in length, organised in six lines (Verve, Atlantis, Magellano, Flybridge, S and Grande).
In the recent 44th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival this year, Azimut opened the yachting season by presenting 16 models, including three eagerly awaited premiers of low emission yachts: two new generation superyachts – Grande 26M, Grande 36M and the Magellano30M crossover coupe.
As a company that is committed to reducing emissions, Azimut pioneered the approach to sustainability through a combination of weight reduction by using carbon fibre, research into increasingly efficient hulls, and alternative propulsion systems – thereby creating a family of Low Emission Yachts. Azimut sets the benchmark for including new models into this family at 20 per cent less emissions, using today’s market- beating technology. The new Pod 4600 propulsion system developed in partnership with ZF and installed for the first time on the new Grande line flagship, combines 30 per cent lighter superstructure achieved through the extensive use of carbon fibre. The system delivers 20 per cent lower fuel consumption than boats the same size and speed.
This model 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 Deck2DeckTM 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 Deck2DeckTM 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.
The model 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 revolutionises 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 sky lounge extend the space out into infinity, transforming the upper deck into a glass house that can be opened on three sides. Part of the Low Emission Yacht range, the 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, makes 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 per cent compared to boats of the same weight and size with a traditional chine hull. Again, the exterior styling is by Alberto Mancini, while the interior design is by Achille Salvagni.
Inspired by the culture of trawlers designed for long-range voyages, Azimut interprets the Magellano 30M model with a contemporary twist and, as far back as 2007, developed the concept of the first Crossover in the history of yachting, revolutionising 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 per cent 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.
The new S7
In addition to these impressive models above, Azimut anticipates a new model into the S line family of sportier products, the new S7. Focusing on Azimut’s most advanced research, the high-efficiency hull, carbon superstructure and IPS triple propulsion system will reduce the fuel consumption of the S7 by up to 30 per cent at medium and high speeds, with the exterior styling designed by Alberto Mancini and the interiors by the Yachtique division, Azimut|Benetti Group’s interior design atelier. The new S7 will be presented at the Düsseldorf Boat Show in 2023.
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With headquarters in Avigliana (Turin), Azimut Yachts has five production facilities in Italy (Avigliana, Fano, Viareggio, Savona and Varazze) and one in Brazil, in Itajai, and a presence in 80 countries through a network of sales and customer service centres and representative offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Fort Lauderdale and Itajai. For more information, please visit www.azimutyachts.com.