After the winning in the 1st place for the category ‘Large – over 35 ft’ at the BOYJ – Boat of the Year Japan 2019, the Azimut Grande 25 meters had just won the Boat of the Year Japan 2019 Grand Prix, assigned by a panel of 26 judges for the most worthy yacht between the BOYJ winners.
The awards cerimony, that is one of the most prestigious cerimony in the Pacific-Asia area, took place the 5th of March.
Let’s discover more about this incredible yacht!
Azimut Grande 25 yacht
A profile sculpted in wind, so aggressive but yet so seductive as to seem almost sensual, hides an important yacht with spacious interiors. If the most important balance achieved by the exterior contours is between charm and technology, through the extensive use of Carbon-Tech and the sleek lines created by Righini, the one that sums up the essence of the Azimut Grande 25 Metri’s exteriors is the desire for elegance and informal charm. A pure two-deck yacht with extremely sporty, dynamic lines, it has every right to be a member of the Grande family because it offers the possibility of separating the on-board lives of the crew on one hand and the owner and their guests on the other.
The superstructure, roll-bar, hard top and transom are built using Carbon-Tech, confirming the design choice made by the Avigliana shipyard, based on extensive research and significant long-term investments over the last three years to optimise increased internal space in parallel with reduced consumption.
Exterior design. The sensuality of lightness
The distinctive features of the exterior contours designed by Righini are the vertical bow and huge windows offering an unprecedented view of the sea. Another key feature is the cutaway gunwale, which maximises the view outside from the living area through full-height glazed surfaces.
The bow area consists of a C-shaped sofa and a sun lounging area, a section of which is fitted with an electrically operated system that can create a spacious and spectacular lounge area with two sofas, next to a generously-sized sun lounging pad. The exterior furnishings are enriched by finely-crafted and extremely sophisticated details.
The Flybridge is made up of three distinct sections. The central area for dining has a bar unit, while in the bow, a sun lounging area can be found alongside the helmstation. Finally, the aft section can be fitted out as a pool area, with a hydromassage tub and a sun lounging pad, or alternatively as a lounge area.
The exterior design features are based on sleek, flowing shapes that seem to merge into one another, while remaining distinct at the same time, in an effect achieved with the help of a clever and sophisticated play on two-tone contrasts. The tables feature cross-grain wood and steel frames, while the roll-bar is given a lighter appearance by using clear crystal, giving the huge flybridge an even airier feel.
The garage, which can contain a 4-meter tender and two seabobs, is easy to reach through a smaller hatch, without always having to open the main door. It provides the ideal home for the Pirelli 3.90 Azimut Special Edition, which has been specially designed for this line of yachts by official Pirelli brand licensee Tecnorib. Fitted with water jet engines, it is available in Burgundy Charme and Grey Elegance colourways.
Interior design. The living area has been given a spectacular twist
The smooth and flowing atmosphere conjured up by the interiors is a hallmark of Achille Salvagni’s signature style, with sweeping curves preferred over static geometrical designs. One surprising aspect is the original twist given to the living area, where the typical separation of sofa and dining areas makes way for a single refined space that is decorated with great care and personality. So when no one is dining inside, there’s much more space to enjoy across two comfy living areas. If needed, the table in front of the sofa can be raised to become a spacious dining table for eight.
Another innovative and original feature is the carpet, which is decorated with specially researched geometrical designs and provides some extremely new interior decoration solutions.
There are four cabins in the night area, all on the Lower Deck. The full-beam master cabin amidships is flooded with light through big windows and features highly sophisticated furnishings as well as some unique pieces. The VIP cabin in the bow is also full-beam, while the other two guest cabins have twin beds in one and a double bed in the other.
The interior, taken as whole, is designed to stimulate all the senses through textured surfaces, lighting, colours and shapes that offer guests a broad range of emotions, providing the best possible onboard experience.
The crew is provided with a cabin for the captain, a second cabin with bunk beds, and a crew mess that can be accessed from a stairway aft of the pilot house. A special layout, featuring additional partitions, switchable privacy glass and sliding doors, allows the crew to move around the helmstation and galley area without encroaching in any way on the absolute privacy of the owner and guests.
Engines and performance
The yacht is designed and built to the highest standards applied in the industry and is eligible for CE A and NMMA certification for boats under 24 meters.
At technical level, the yacht features many solutions adopted in the framework of the ECS (Enhanced Cruising Solutions) programme: Active Trim Control to automatically adjust the longitudinal trim of the boat and deliver better consumption efficiency at any speed; Electronic Power Steering, which allows the captain to personalise the sensitivity of the control functions, regulating wheel turns and steering effort according to speed and piloting style. This solution also reduces maintenance requirements and increases safety onboard.
The Raymarine integrated on-board monitoring system has also been fully customised based on the shipyard’s needs in order to provide interfaces with as many onboard devices and plants as possible: from engine data to the alarms and bilge pumps, from tank levels and the discharge pumps to engine room ventilation, through to the sound system and controlling the air-conditioning system. Its functions can be accessed from both helm stations and remotely using a tablet.
The engine room can host a pair of 1,650 hp Man V12 engines or, optionally, two 1,800 hp Man engines. This second option drives the yacht to a top speed of 29 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots.
Two key aspects to stress are the extensive presence of carbon in the superstructure, the flybridge, the hard top and the transom, and the sole use of vinyl ester resin for the lamination of almost the entire boat.