The Cannes Boat Show was a fitting surrounding to debut the truly palatial Azimut Grande 120SL. Cruising in at just over 36 metres, she is the largest in the Azimut Grande fleet and makes a clear statement of Azimut Benetti’s intentions to dominate the superyacht market.
Showcasing the best in Italian design – outside lines shaped by Stefano Righini Design and interiors crafted by Rome designers Carlo Galeazzi – the Azimut Grande 120SL is curvy yet sporty, refined yet fashion-conscious. And, as expected from a boat of this size and stature, she is fully customizable by the owner.
Inside, the Azimut Grande 120SL is a vision of bright cavernous luxury. The Italian design maestros have mixed up a white, cream and gold dream, which is bathed in sunshine from a 15m² skylight and long curved windows encompassing 50m² of glazing. Dining around a ten-person marble table takes place to the fore underneath the glass and guests can move seamlessly to the endless sofa seating bottomed by a deep cream carpet. A well-conceived highlight is the aft bar area that can be enjoyed from both the saloon and the aft deck for versatile guest entertainment.
Below, the Azimut Grande 120SL accommodates guests in four cabins – two doubles and two twins. The master stateroom, which benefits from dual aspect windows, covers an area of 43m². Dark Zebrano wood panelling contrasts elegantly with cream carpets and cream Foglizzo leather and his ‘n’ hers bathrooms interconnected by a Spa area are a nice touch. All remaining cabins are en-suite and have the benefit of large wardrobes for that extensive cruise collection. She also has an extra bathroom facility for day guests. Crew are comfortably ensconced in three cabins, one with a double bed.
Outside, the sweeping aft deck is configured for sunbathing, lounging and dining in equal measure. Meanwhile the stern is replete with sunbeds and a dining table perfect for hosting sunset cocktails and tapas. For the best of the views and the last rays of sunshine, the flybridge has yet more sunbathing areas as well as a decadent Jacuzzi. The garage, among the largest in this category, can house a tender of up to 5.5 metres and two jet skis up to 2.9 metres in length – an overhead crane does the hard lifting work.
Powered by three 16V MTU 2000 engines paired with Rolls Royce water jets and a central booster, the Azimut Grande 120SL has a top speed of 36 knots with unexpected acceleration and handling for a yacht of this size.