Azimut Yachts premiered the new flagship in its Grande Collection at the Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous last week. The new Azimut Grande 35 METRI, which is currently under construction, is a wide-body Raised Pilot House (RPH) superyacht designed by Stefano Ringhini with a pure carbon fiber superstructure and a D2P hull.

With a maximum beam of 7.5m, the yacht has all the features of a bigger superyacht, including a side garage for a 5m tender plus a 3.25m jet-ski. It offers reduced noise and vibration levels and there is also an option to add an additional sundeck of almost 30sq m on a third level, with access from the upper deck in the stern.

The interior was designed by architect Achille Salvagni, who uses flowing lines and streamlined shapes to reinterpret various classical features from a contemporary point of view. The main deck contains the owner’s suite, where the king size central bed becomes the main feature around which the entire space revolves.

The high point of the owner’s suite is its unique private balcony, which is unprecedented on a 35m yacht. A section of the full-height window with carbon fiber frame folds out, while the floor of the balcony extends from under the cabin, protected by automatic pop-up stanchions. The result is the Instant Balcony, with no uprights or other obstacles to spoil the panoramic view from the owner’s suite.

Below deck, the layout includes four guest cabins (two VIP cabins with double beds and two with twin beds), with access from a big central lobby. One of the standout features of the Azimut Grande 35 METRI’s interiors is the spiral staircase, which connects all the decks, from the lower deck to the pilot house.

In the bow, in a space that is completely separate from the guest area, the quarters for the six members of crew consist of a crew mess, four cabins and four bathrooms.

The D2P Displacement to Planing hull, designed by Pierluigi Ausonio in conjunction with the Azimut Benetti R&D center, combines the comfort typical of a displacement hull with the performance of a planing hull and a wave piercer to improve fuel efficiency.

The D2P hull with wave piercer means the yacht can reach high top speeds without needing particularly powerful engines, or navigate in displacement mode with a remarkable range at a cost-effective speed. The hull has been optimised for the full range of most frequently used speeds, including both long range displacement mode speeds of 10-12 knots and cruising speeds in semi-displacement mode.

With two MTU 16V2000 M93 engines rated 2,400hp each, the Grande 35 METRI has an estimated cruising speed of 21kt and a top speed of 25.5kt.