Azimut Yachts came about in 1969, when the young university student Paolo Vitelli founded Azimut Srl, and began chartering sailing boats.
The first steps towards success
In 1970 some prestigious yachting brands appointed the company to distribute their boats in Italy.
Azimut quickly expanded its operations: Apart from distribution, it began to design new yachts. In a joint venture with Amerglass, it designed the AZ 43’ Bali, a mass-produced fibreglass boat, which was an immediate success. The company gradually expanded its range, focusing on the lower end of the market - with the launch of the AZ 32’ Targa in 1977, the “Ford T” of the boat world - and upper end too - (with the memorable début of the Azimut 105’ Failaka in 1982, the biggest mass-produced yacht in fibreglass at the time).
The acquisition of Benetti and the start of own production
In 1985 Azimut acquired Benetti. This historical brand, based in Viareggio, had been building boats since 1873, and designed the concept of the megayacht. Azimut was now able construct its own yachts, defining new style and industry standards that would go on to revolutionise the boat building industry, such as: large frameless windows, electric seats, and walnut interiors.
New production sites and international recognition
From the late nineties onwards, with the acquisition of new boatyards at Fano, the restructuring of the Benetti boatyards at Viareggio and the construction of a new site at Avigliana, in the province of Turin, Azimut went on to become the foremost builder of yachts and megayachts.
This leadership position was confirmed in subsequent seasons, thanks to numerous business successes and an investment policy which has consolidated Azimut's technological and production capacities over the years, with sites now established in Brazil.
STYLE - INNOVATION - TECHNOLOGY
One of the first reasons why an owner chooses an Azimut yacht is nearly always beauty. Then, the intrinsic values of the product come into play: its comfort, safety features, level of technology and elegant living solutions. Finally, owners want something more between the time of making their choice and the purchase. They want the boatyard that builds the yacht of their dreams to be able to boast a significant history, to have consolidated a network of services, to reflect a successful image and, above all, to be a sound company.
In all these aspects, Azimut Yachts can deliver results and guarantees of a true industry leader.
A luxury yacht has value if that value is long-lasting. If its beauty can challenge the seasons. If its style is a source of inspiration for those who are passionate about the sea, and not just a fashion follower. The design of Azimut yachts shapes the Italian essence behind the brand. Each model in the Azimut range reflects the attention to detail and the style excellence of Italian manufacturing.
The construction of luxury yachts requires production efficiency, advanced technologies and an ability to innovate. Boat owners who choose Azimut choose luxury, hi-tech yachts, built at cutting-edge boatyards where the Group's investments in research culminate.
Azimut-Benetti's R&D Centre develops technologies that are unique worldwide, for an experience at sea that is effortless and safe. In fact Azimut's technologies are always designed to deliver safety and comfort to yacht owners.
Design, technology, materials, components and human expertise are all Azimut hallmarks that meet a higher standard: quality. This philosophy is possible because Azimut has put its income back into the company, over more than forty years, investing in personnel training, technological research, product development and the upgrading of plants and structures. Only in this way has it been possible to be the number one boatyard of choice worldwide for the construction of megayachts for 15 years.
High Quality Standards Program
Azimut works to some of the world’s highest construction standards applied to series production boats and the entire range benefits from the know-how and technology gained by Azimut Yachts Innovate Lab during its work on leading edge models, guaranteeing the best there is on the market in very product category.
Hull Evolution Program
CFD AND FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS (FEA)
The sheer breadth of the range (from 10 to 100 m) and proprietary CFD software provide the R&D team with a database of correlations between virtual and tank tested models that is unmatched in the industry. After defining their shape, the structures are developed using Finite Element Analysis (FEA). This process is particularly complex when the structures are made from composite materials and it is performed by R&D specialists and/or consultants with experience working on designs for offshore racing hulls. This ensures maximum strength in points where stress is highest, doesn’t weigh the yacht down pointlessly, which benefits consumption, and makes it possible to design nonconventional structures with reduced size so that the space saved can be put to better use.
Azimut doesn’t use a parametric approach to hull design, preferring instead to develop native hulls. The design process begins by analysing navigation needs, which vary depending on the type of yacht. This allows performance, consumption and load factors to be optimised based on effective needs.
Advanced Quality Control Program
Product and process controls monitor the entire production flow, from supply verification to the delivery of the end product. The chemical laboratories and advanced instrumentation available allow the team to detect any defects as early as possible. Pre-delivery testing and commissioning of the main on board systems are managed using digital platforms to deliver total quality.