September 2, 2022

New Model: Azimut Grande 26M

Catch me if you can, Azimut's story for over three decades as it re-invents motor yachting in various forms and sizes and in design and engineering.  This new Grande 26M follows that script for the others to follow.  Replacing the nimble and sporty 25M as the baby Grande, opening the door to the big Azimut super yachts build in Viareggio, the Grande 26M comes with two important innovations; a selling one the Flex Deck, and a technical one thanks to the use of new ZF pod drives as propulsion.  The Flex Deck is the selling innovation expanding the aft deck area with the beach/garage area door going up and extending the floor, and creating a terrace on the water.  The second innovation, the technical one is the use of ZF pod drives.  Back in 2009 Azimut was heavily involved in testing the ZF pod drives with reported tests going on a 62S fitted with ZF4000 and twin 1200hp engines.  Somehow the 62S with ZF never materialized, and the 62S Italia ended up remaining on shafts and Azimut switching to triple IPS on later S models.  Somehow some of the results of those tests seem to have arrived, with the new Grande 26M fitted with new large ZF pod drives which look to be an exclusive to Azimut for the moment finally arriving on a production yacht.  Azimut is saying that thanks to its search for light weight materials and efficient propulsion the 26M Grande delivers 20% less consumption to similar sized yachts.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.09 m (85.7ft)
Beam - 6.30 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 87 t full load 
Fuel Capacity - 8500 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, V12 1650hp
Propulsion - ZF 4600 dual propeller aft looking pod drives
Speed - 28 knots max 24 knots cruise
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Achille Salvagni interior, Pieliugi Ausonio hull
Hull Shape - planning modified Vee with 20.4 degrees at midships and 13.8 degrees aft
Construction - fiberglass with carbon fiber used for super structure and stern area
Certification - CE A, NMMA, UNI ISO8666 for data 

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