New details of Azimut Grande 32 Metri superyacht revealed
by Risa Merl
Italian yacht builder Azimut Yachts has revealed more details on its new Azimut Grande 32 Metri superyacht. The 32 metre yacht will feature exteriors by Stefano Righini and interiors by Achille Salvagni.
For its latest creation in the Azimut Grande series, the yard was looking for something avant-garde. "The idea was for [the 32 Metri] to be something unexpected – we wanted to find a brilliant way to provide features not usually found on a 32 metre boat," says Federico Lantero, Azimut Yachts brand manager.
The sporty superstructure of the Azimut Grande 32 is built entirely in carbon fibre. "No one else is using carbon fibre as much as we are," says Lantero, noting the successful use of the material is part of a programme the company began in 2006. "It's not just about performance, but also about comfort. And using carbon fibre also allows us to have more volume while keeping weight distribution and the centre of gravity in line. All of our new models about 60 feet will have extensive use of carbon fibre."
"All of our clients want a boat that's a joy to see from the outside, that's recognisable on the horizon, but then is sophisticated and relaxing inside," he continues. The interior brief for Salvagni was to have a feeling of softness, harmony and wellness – while also creating unexpected details.
The walls curve at the edges, a way of defining spaces without setting physical barriers. All of the furniture is custom designed by Salvagni. "Only the decorative lamps and a few chairs are not," says Sara Cipriani, from Azimut's style office.
There will be interesting details throughout, such as an inset over the bar, made of special laquered material that looks like a mirror, but actually serves a purpose by holding bottles.
The yacht's exterior living spaces are well thought out, too. The beach club can be enclosed with decorative curtains and a sofa can be added, "transforming it into a space like Nikki Beach," says Cipriani. "So it's a fantastic lounge at sea."
Performance is also a priority. The D2P ("displacement to planing") hull form is designed for efficiency at two different sets of speeds. "The first range where we hit optimal efficiency is between 11 to 12 knots, and then we do it again up at 20 knots," says Lantero.
The Azimut Grande 32 Metri will make her debut at this year's Cannes Yachting Festival. Five hulls of the new model have already been sold, with owners hailing from around the world.