Italian boatbuilder Azimut has unveiled plans for four new yachts over 30m to be launched within the next three years. The launches will come under a new project label ‘Azimut Grande’ a concept that is to encompass the Italian builder’s range of boats over 100ft. The new concept is pronounced “‘grande'” points out Ugo Garassino, deputy general manager of Azimut Yachts, “this translates as ‘big’, ‘great’ or ‘huge’, but means much, much more.” What it does mean is that the Italian builder has set its sights very firmly on meeting the specific needs of the custom boat market.

“For once we’re not talking about the flagship of a fleet” he adds, “but rather a whole fleet of flagships, an exceptional portfolio of megayachts, which by 2013 will have expanded to include four new models.”

Over the next few months work on the new Azimut 120SL will be complete, while the 100ft Raised Pilot House, the 110ft Widebody, and last but not least, a 126 footer with two and a half decks, will be launched in the next three years.

According to president of the Azimut Benetti Group Paolo Vitelli, the Azimut Grande project has been inspired by: “The fascination with authentic Italian craftsmanship, our customers’ faith in our economic and financial stability, (and) the opportunity to customise your own boat.”