We tried out the first example of the Azimut Grande 35 Metri, the flagship of Azimut Yachts, designed by Stefano Righini. With a superstructure in carbon fibre and a displacement to planing hull with a blade bulbous bow, it has a top speed of over 26 knots
Azimut Grande 35 Metri is a modern yacht in terms of lines and content, designed by Stefano Righini, which gives an extra shine to the world of large composite motor yachts. A segment which has achieved particular success in international markets, and in which Italian industry is number one both in terms of total numbers of boats sold, and the number of models on offer.
The Azimut Grande 35 Metri is the outcome of special production and technological efforts. Starting from the hull, which is made so as to be very efficient across a wide operational range, from the superstructure entirely in carbon fibre to the careful construction details aimed at reducing noise and vibration.
The hull, which has a “wave piercing” blade bulbous bow, was designed by Pierluigi Ausonio with the Azimut Benetti R&D Centre. It is intended to optimise hydrodynamic pressure on the hull, to get better efficiency, reducing fuel usage and increasing performance.
The figures which we gathered are in line with what could be expected from a traditional hull, but the outcome is also the product of intelligent structural work to keep down weight and get very effective balancing, which gives the right sailing trim at all speeds.
The waterlines have been developed to ensure high levels of efficiency in displacement mode, so at speeds below around 13 knots, and also to help start planing and get to higher speeds – we pushed the Azimut Grande 35 Metri up to 26.30 knots.
The interior bridge is located on a half bridge, so this is one of those projects we call RPH, “raised pilot house”. Its three-dimensional aspects have been very carefully developed to give excellent visibility at all speeds. Even the handling of the control devices is very intuitive and the equipment monitoring screens are clear and always visible.
The technical aspects of what we have just hinted at were definitely some of the elements that we most wanted to assess. But it should be said this yacht has a lot of other bows in its quiver – starting from the large internal volumes allowed for by the wide body structure.
Then there is the over 30 square metre sundeck, the garage with side access which houses a 5 metre tender and a 3.25 metre jet ski, the stern where there is a 12 square metre beach area, which is in addition to the 30 square metre approx lounge area in the bow.
The beautifully furnished interiors are ample and lit by plenty of natural light, thanks to large windows. As far as the layout is concerned, the owner’s suite is on the main bridge, and there are four guest cabins on the lower one. Of these, two have double beds, and the other two have twin beds. In this case the innovative element is the presence of what the yard calls an “instant balcony”, which opens automatically but does not have any supports so as not to obstruct the view of the horizon from the suite.
This definitely is impressive, as is the level of comfort in this area when under way, with really very low levels of noise and vibration.
The Azimut Grande 35 Metri interiors have a lot of elements which are intended to ensure the level of functionality required of a luxury yacht, and one which at the same time is aesthetically pleasing, elegant and original. Owners can choose between different woods and finishes.
We had very calm sea conditions during our trial. So we looked for our own bow waves and tackling them at high speed we found that the hull was able to absorb the impact very effectively, without losing speed.
We took on a 180 degree turn at 22 knots and the turning circle wasn’t over a boat length and a half, so around 50 metres, and we pulled out of the turn at around 19 knots.
This very balanced handling translates into security and comfort for guests, comfort that is also ensured by the effective electric fin stabilising system made by Italy’s CMC, which works very efficiently in dynamic and static conditions.
by Angelo Colombo
AZIMUT GRANDE 35 METRI
PROJECT Interiors Achille Salvagni • Exteriors Stefano Righini • Naval Architecture Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture & Azimut Yachts
HULL LOA 35,17 m • Maximum beam 7,5 • Draft 1,91 m • Ligh mass displacement 130 t • Full mass displacement 154 • Fuel tank volumes 18000 l • Water tank volume 3000 l
Main Propulsion 2 MTU 16V2000M93 • Outlet mechanical power 1790 kW 2400 hp • Number of cylinders 16v • Bore & Stroke 135/156 • total swept volume 35700 cm3 • Maximal rotational speed 2450 g/m • Weight 3380 kg
CERTIFICATION EC RINA Rules for Classification of Pleasure Yachts, Class Notation C HULL MACH Y
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