Reporting from the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, MBY editor Hugo Andreae takes us on a full tour of the Azimut Grande Trideck...
Azimut’s biggest yacht yet, the Azimut Grande Trideck is a voluminous and distinctive wide-body design of more than 300 Gross Tons. The styling is by Alberto Mancini, who recently made quite a splash in the UK with his work on Fairline’s fab little F-Line 33, and the hull is from Pierluigi Ausonio, complete with wave-piercer to lengthen the waterline.
The design is intended to blur the boundaries between displacement and planing, and introduce efficiencies at transitional speeds for more flexible and practical cruising.
The Azimut Grande Trideck certainly makes a powerful first impression, as you arrive up the gangway and step onto a raised mezzanine-style aft deck, which is set slightly above main deck level and has the feel of a private viewing terrace.
Its pleasing elevation also prevents those awful people on the 50-metre superyacht next door from looking down at you.
There are several choices available in the layout, but essentially the Azimut Grande Trideck offers four ensuite cabins on the lower deck, a substantial, full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck, and a captain’s cabin, or a much larger optional VIP cabin, on the upper deck.
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As a fully-realised wide body design, the foredeck is a spacious and viable extension of the outdoor spaces, while that raised mezzanine not only allows for an unusually generous beach club beneath, but also shelters an attractive, low-level open-air space immediately forward, which Azimut describes as a private patio.
Power comes courtesy of MTU, with a choice of two engine models, and a claimed maximum speed of 25 knots.
All of which is very sober, sensible and reassuring, but it is the interior design by Achille Salvagni which will probably cause the biggest kerfuffle.
Just look at all that fantastic globular blobbiness, with nary a straight line in sight – if you like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing you’ll like.
Enjoy the tour…
Azimut Grande Trideck specifications
LOA: 125ft 5in (38.22m)
Beam: 26ft 2in (7.98m)
Engines: Twin MTU 2,600hp
Top speed: 25 knots
Fuel capacity: 22,600L (5,790 US gal)
Starting price: €18,000,000 (ex. VAT)