One of the leading brands in the world’s yachting industry, Azimut/Benetti Group, has closed fiscal 2018/19 while celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with value of production standing at €900 million, up about 10% on last year. Furthermore, 260 units were delivered within the period, continuing the excellent performance put in last season.
The leading market for the company is the United States, where Azimut Yachts is the top-selling brand in the segment over 40 feet. Taken as a whole, the Americas represent 50% of the total, followed by Europe (29%), the Middle East and Africa (14%), and Asia Pacific with 7%.
What is more, megayachts have played a central role in Group performance, with total sales of 51 units combined by 35 Azimut Yachts and 16 Benettis. In what is a consolidated strategy now, the company has successfully exploited this trend to extend and renew its range of products, positioning it where itself at the top of the Global Order Book.
38m Azimut Grande Trideck
In the meantime, the company has launched several premieres during the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019. The three new vessels included Azimut S10, S8 and 78 Fly, and a 38-metre trideck.
The latter, 38-metre Trideck, is the largest yacht ever built by Azimut Yachts, of which three units have already been sold off-plan, followed by a 30-meter Magellano collection flagship.
The latest brand’s premiere will feature interior volume under 300GT with a semi planning hull and anticipated top speed of 24 knots.
38m Azimut Grande Trideck
Highlighted by exterior design from Alberto Mancini and interiors from Antonio Salvagni, the yacht will be available for various interior layouts offering either five or six cabins. Other features include an open beach area, a full lounge on the main deck and dining area on the upper deck.
Turning to Benetti, the Group’s Fiftieth Anniversary year saw the record-breaking launch of three giga yachts within just 100 days, with the 108-metre flagship superyacht FB275 delivered to Australian casino tycoon James Packer in July and two others awaiting deliveries.
Benetti sold 10 yachts within last 60 days alone, gearing up to extend its range, adding not only new models but new product families, too.
Meanwhile, the storied and successful Class line will have a new flagship in 2020, the new Diamond 145, as well as being joined by the new Oasis line inspired by a concept based on glamorous luxury. Three units have already been sold of the first 40-metre model in the line, which will be available next year. Among others, one of the recent deals was closed with US powerboat champion, who bought the first 40-metre.
40m superyacht Oasis BO101
What is more, Benetti is ready to start working on a new collection that pays tribute to the brand’s storied past. After two years of project analysis, Benetti rediscovers the appeal and luxury of the 1960s and yachts built from steel, reinventing a product category of timeless yachts that will stay up-to-date for their entire lifetimes. The collection will be made up of three models (30, 37 and 44 meters) with the 37-meter yacht planned for launch in 2021.
In order to implement this ambitious programme, the Group expects to invest €115 million over the next three years to develop new products and upgrade production capacity.
The launch of Benetti FB275
Giovanna Vitelli, Azimut/Benetti Group Vice President, expressed:
This wonderful year has made me both happy and proud, as well as keeping us busy on so many fronts: new collaborations, new products, the Giga Season, our Azimut S6 at Times Square, and so many moments with our customers all around the world, who have testified to their confidence and esteem.
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May 29, 2020
34m SX112 is the flagship of the SX crossover line by Sanlorenzo that proposes a new way of living on the sea: the barriers on board are eliminated, and the boat opens to the outside, in a close relationship with the marine context.The project design of the external lines produced by Bernardo Zuccon of Studio Zuccon International Project and interiors by Piero Lissoni, art director of the company since 2018.The key features of the project are the new stern zone which undoubtedly represents the yacht’s most iconic area. Conceived as a spacious internal beach area, it is directly connected to the outside, allowing the yachtsman to enjoy these spaces in a novel way.
May 29, 2020
Superyacht design studio Bannenberg & Rowell have released a new superyacht concept, the 43-metre Estrade. Bannenberg & Rowell describe this yacht to be designed for the soul, for relaxed and healthy living and, above all, to connect with the environment. The yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests and nine crew on board and ample space for toys.Key features include the beach club aft that folds out on both sides. Elsewhere, the cantilevered sunning deck overlooks the beach club, ensuring “positively no FOMO”, the studio said. Elsewhere, Estrade features a sundeck with a spa pool. The jet skis and tenders meanwhile are stored at the bow.
May 28, 2020
Project Mana, the third hull in Dutch yard Mulder's ThirtySix series, has been launched and ready to begin sea trials at the North Sea.ThirtySix features a bespoke modern exterior with sleek aluminium construction and a continuous window line which culminates in a contemporary plumb bow. The four-cabin version accommodates eight guests on board. Five spacious cabins onboard accommodate up to ten guests. Both the four and five-cabin layout have Pullman beds in the forward guest cabins.The saloon, dining room and bar area are located on the main deck, with floor to ceiling windows providing panoramic views. The dining experience is enhanced by the addition of a folding side balcony, which brings seascape panoramas right to the table.The sun deck above the aft deck and main saloon include generous seating, lots of sun pads, a whirlpool bathtub with room for eight and a comfy dining place.The design features the Van Oossanen patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) to ensure comfortable sailing and fuel economy at all speeds. Twin 847 kW engines will ensure a maximum speed of 16.8 knots. The fuel consumption at economic cruising speed of 11 knots is less than 80 litres per hour.
May 28, 2020
Horizon Yachts has begun construction of a 32m customised CC98 yacht. Horizon Custom Collection 98 is fourth Horizon vessel for the experienced Australian owner, who requested specific – and somewhat challenging – details including accommodations for a helicopter as well as a submarine.The new owner requested that his new yacht would feature an exterior style similar to the Horizon E Series yachts. Thus, this new CC98 has a unique exterior profile, with expansive windows and a spacious interior within a 23’ 6” beam.To accommodate a touch-and-go helipad, the entire superstructure of this new vessel will be constructed of carbon fibre composite for strength and structural integrity for the helipad. Also, this yacht features a telescoping mast and radar arch to navigate the low bridges in Australia.The yacht can accommodate up to five guests in five staterooms including a full-beam, on-deck master suite. A large galley area is positioned aft on the main deck to facilitate dining either on the aft deck or at the interior dining table. Relaxation and entertaining areas are found throughout and the foredeck has been designed to accommodate a jacuzzi and large sun pad.The yacht has commercial-grade 10V 2000 series MTU engines have been chosen. The ZF trailing gearboxes are designed for full redundancy and to enable the ability to run on one motor, which reduces fuel burn and engine hours. Lithium-ion battery packs will also be installed to offset the house functions such as air conditioning and general electricity. The fuel capacity is 24,600l.The yacht is on schedule to be delivered to her owner in early 2021.
May 27, 2020