Azimut Grande Trideck: the largest megayacht ever built by the brand

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carbon fiber yachtWhen it came to designing the layout of this 38.2-metre long, 7.9-metre wide yacht, the rule book was completely rewritten, and the result is a series of informal, dynamic and versatile spaces, perfect for the contemporary owner who sees their boat as a convivial place for socialising and hosting guests in a relaxed setting.

Exterior design and layout

As one would expect from an Azimut flagship, the exterior lines are elegant and dynamic, but the twist comes in the form of a raised deck in the stern that creates a series of unprecedented new exterior spaces, strategically spaced out around the boat. With so many options, both owner and guests are spoilt for choice, whether they are looking to seek out quiet moments alone or spend time together in a convivial, comfortable setting.

The central idea around which the design develops is clear from the moment you step on board: the Trideck welcomes guests from the central gangway directly onto the Aft Raised Deck, which could be described almost as a mezzanine that sits slightly above the Main Deck.

Three spaces for a unique experience

The creation of this raised deck in turn opened the door to a trio of new zones: a Sea View Terrace, Beach Club and Private Patio.

The Sea View Terrace, which could be described as an open-air stage on the sea, is a newly-created spacious lounge zone that is raised above the water. The absence of side enclosures ensures spectacular, unimpeded views and, thanks to a solid-and-void effect created with the external lines, the terrace appears detached from the bulwarks and floating on the water.

The position of the Aft Raised Deck allowed the designer to offer a huge, full height ceiling, Beach Club right at sea level, a true living room on the sea, not least because a separate forward garage houses the tender and water toys, leaving this area solely dedicated to lounging and relaxing. If that weren’t enough, at anchor the transom opens up to extend the entire space to over 30 square metres, hovering tantalisingly over the water. Naturally, the Beach Club’s furnishings and equipment are entirely customisable.

The stern of the yacht, like the sides, reaches out over the sea, in a play on full and empty volumes that creates the perception of endless open space.

Other exterior spaces

azimut megayachtThere is still one more groundbreaking new exterior space in Mancini’s design and this is the Private Patio, a sheltered, intimate space a few steps below the Sea View Terrace. The cockpit has, in effect, been designed as an al fresco patio that at the same time offers privacy and respite from the breeze in the form of the large glass fashion plates.

The Upper Deck houses another versatile and ample full-beam space, separated from the external area by a glass door that opens up to create one vast dining/lounge area.

Finally, the Sun Deck contains a forward bar and a custom spa tube surrounded by a sun pad and freestanding furniture.

The Trideck retains hints of the sporty look typical of many of Mancini’s other designs for Azimut, but its dynamic, modern and elegant contours are more redolent of a flagship. The clean lines are there for all to see, from the large windows that create a seamless surface running all the way to the stern, to the slanted windshield that finishes in a vertical windbreaker on the Sun Deck.

Clever styling gives the exterior lines a lighter feel, creating a sensation of dynamism that is far from easy to achieve on a boat this size. The sides of the yacht are given a sense of movement and tension by the ribbing that runs continuously from the stern right through to the bow, while the exhausts and fairleads become design.

Layout and interior design

Achille Salvagni has wholeheartedly embraced Azimut’s challenge to redefine the role of space by rethinking the traditional functions of many of the boat’s areas. In completely reconsidering the way many of the internal spaces are used and abandoning preconceptions and established norms, the boat becomes a more fluid, informal environment, and a space that is genuinely conducive to relaxing.

This is fostered by the way in which the height and width of the interiors are amplified, and the seamless integration with exterior zones so that they seem to flow into each other.

This atmosphere that encourages owners and guests alike to completely let go of the world outside and give themselves up to total relaxation is also a result of Salvagni’s décor, which builds on the fluidity of space, inhabiting the interiors so that they appear sculpted rather than simply filled.

Preserving the purity of clean lines, he then juxtaposes colours and textures to create charming yet sophisticated environments.  Displaying meticulous attention to detail and utilising materials of impeccable quality in such a way as to evoke seafaring tradition, the interiors express an avant-garde approach that respects the typical design codes of yacht décor, but reworks it in a contemporary key.

Formal and informal spaces

The interiors also contain surprises from a layout point of view, with a private patio on the main deck fitted out as a sheltered lounge area providing access to an indoor lounge. Here, the traditional formal dining area has been abolished, transforming this deck into an area for socialising and informal gatherings, a bold spatial configuration that rightfully welcomes the Trideck into the world of megayachts.

The formal dining area is located on the upper deck, designed as a single spacious zone that lends itself to convivial gatherings. The Main Deck is home to the main kitchen, while the Upper Deck includes a service galley. The option exists to substitute the latter for an additional VIP cabin, on top of the four guest cabins located at midship on Lower and the owner’s suite on the Main Deck.

Performance and technology

The cut of the bow at two different angles offers a dynamic look without compromising on space by optimising the interior volumes.

The D2P® Displacement to Planing hull is designed by Pierluigi Ausonio in collaboration with the Azimut Research and Development centre, making use of proprietary CFD software, FEM analysis and tank testing. The double chine hull reduces drag at cruising speed and improves stability during displacement navigation. With two engine options rated 2400 or 2600 mHP, the Trideck delivers a top speed of 23 or 24 knots.

The entire superstructure is laminated in carbon fibre, with added vinylester and epoxy resin. This reduces the yacht’s overall weight significantly, while the combination of the D2P® hull and the carbon fibre superstructure delivers a considerable improvement in performance, with reduced consumption accompanied by greater speed and range.