New Azimut Grande 120SL superyacht nears launch date
by Tom Isitt
The third hull of Azimut Grande Collection's 36m superyacht, the 120SL, is nearing completion and is set for launch imminently, with exterior almost done and the interiors 80 percent complete.
The boat was built on spec and was designed by the Azimut Grande in-house team based on the experience gained on the two previous units (both sold to Hong Kong), as well as on the input provided by several other recent projects.
From a technical point of view, the yard aimed to improve the performance of the yacht, now capable of reaching a top speed of 39 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots. To achieve this, they concentrated on weight reduction (all components on board have been optimised in order to reduce displacement) and more powerful engines (three 2,600hp MTUs). Another important breakthrough is the LY2 compliance of the yacht, which will allow for her commercial registration.
As far as interior styling is concerned, the boat has a contemporary and has an elegant feel obtained using different wood treatments, such as oak and ebony with eggshell finishes.
In the future, a new 95 footer will be added to the Azimut Grande range in spring of this year. The new boat will be a Raised Pilothouse flybridge yacht, designed by Stefano Righini (exterior styling) and Achille Salvagni (interior design), boasting spaces and volumes 'unique in her segment'. Medium-term, Azimut are going to design a new 33-34 metre yacht that will be a 'milestone' for the Azimut Grande range, although the yard are not giving us any more clues for the time-being.