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First look inside the Azimut Grande 26M

5 December 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Azimut has provided a first look inside its recently-debuted Azimut Grande 26M. First presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival alongside its big sister, the Grande 36M, the new model is one of Azimut's pioneering new 'Low Emission Yachts'.

The yacht's signature exterior comes from Alberto Mancini while interiors are the work of Achille Salvagni - the same pairing that produced the Grande 36m and Grande Trideck flagship.

The foredeck offers a well-equipped seating and relaxation area

Alberto Mancini said the brief was to create a "compact" superyacht with all the benefits of a larger model. This is particularly evident in the al fresco living areas, where space has been carefully considered to maximise the connection to the outside world. The foredeck features curved sofa seating, a small coffee table and a sunpad spread that has been cleverly designed with a divider that can be flipped up to form part of the seating area or laid flat to act as a headrest.

Azimut's trademarked 'Deck2Deck' extends the available space to over 18 square metres

Crowning the yacht, the flybridge extends across 50 square metres on a single level and includes multiple seating areas, a bar and a helm station, with the added advantage of shading from the radar arch. 

The yacht also has a cockpit that is "larger cockpit than usual for the category" in order to create a waterfront dining area, according to Mancini. Here, Azimut's trademarked 'Deck2Deck' feature allows the teak-clad transom door to raise and sit flush with the main deck, extending the available space to over 18 square metres. The walkaround table can be extended to seat eight guests.

Oak boards have been laid at a 45-degree angle to maximise the impression of the yacht's size

The yacht's interior styling uses a mix of ocean-inspired hues balanced by warm tones. In the main saloon, seafoam blue and rich cobalt contrast against burnt orange accents and a buttercup-yellow carpet.  Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light and there is a formal dining forward alongside the lounge area aft. 

The oak floor adds more warmth to the saloon, and the boards have been laid at a 45-degree angle to maximise the appearance of the yacht's width. The yacht's maximum beam is 6.3 metres.

Organic shapes and fluid lines feature throughout the yacht

Further forward on the main deck is a full-beam owner's suite which is connected to the forward en suite bathroom by an open dressing area. 

There are a further four cabins on the lower deck; three double and one twin. There is a total of two crew cabins for three crew.

The cockpit area is larger than usual, according to Mancini

The Grande 26M is fitted with Azimut's pioneering new Large POD 4600 propulsion system, which has been developed in partnership with German manufacturing company ZF. This, combined with a lightweight superstructure, delivers 20 per cent lower fuel emissions, and therefore CO2 emissions. 

The yacht has proven popular already, with 22 units sold since the Grande 26M was brought to market in September.

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