It is incredible how far things have progressed for Azimut Yachts.
From humble beginnings more than five decades ago as a producer of boats the company itself describes as representing the lower end of the market, the now-fabled Italian yacht builder has continually raised the bar under the leadership of the tireless Paolo Vitelli. Today, the Viareggio-based luxury marque ranks among Italy’s finest yacht builders on the strength of inspired models like its stunning G25 Metri.
About 87 feet long, the G25 Metri is the smallest yacht in the Italian builder’s Grande series–a line of prestige vessels originally envisioned as starting at 100 feet and going up from there. But the trim G25 is indeed Grande in every sense.
For starters, it’s a truly grand design, with an exterior by Stefano Righini and interior design by Achille Salvagni. While the hull is fibreglass, the entire superstructure and transom are built using carbon fibre and glass-reinforced plastic to keep weight down and lower the yacht’s centre of gravity, giving the G25 Metri a uniquely smooth ride in even the choppiest sea conditions.
The three-deck G25 Metri is designed for enjoying the great outdoors, making the most of its outdoor spaces. The prominent hydraulically actuated stern swim platform provides more than enough space for family swims plus enough room to stow a two-seat personal watercraft. A neatly concealed transom door opens at the push of a button to reveal a sizable tender garage, with additional storage space for a wide range of gear, including dive tanks.
Step up into the main deck cockpit and a plush L-shaped settee facing a pedestal-base table invites guests to get comfy and relax. Freestanding deck chairs can turn this space into a wonderful lunch spot with unbeatable views and protected by the overhead hardtop. On the main deck, Azimut’s impeccable attention to detail quickly becomes apparent in the G25’s upholstery and woodwork.
Port-side steps lead up to the flybridge, where an elegant wet bar faces a wraparound settee and pedestal table similar to the one in the cockpit below. Overhead, a second hardtop opens at the push of a button for dining under the stars. Far forward, a double-wide lounge to port faces the neat upper helm station to starboard.
The aft end of the flybridge is open, allowing additional seating options or space to stow a second tender. It also makes an exceptional dance floor for late-night tangos.
Back on the main deck, wide promenades lead to the stylish trapezoidal bow, where Righini’s influence is evident. The modern design makes the most of the G25’s generous beam by allowing the builder to carry its enhanced profile far forward to a lounge space with a large wraparound sofa facing a folding table and a substantial sunpad.
The main deck salon can be customized somewhat to reflect the buyer’s needs and tastes. Typical layouts feature an inviting settee to starboard, facing an elegant cabinet that houses a concealed entertainment centre, including a large high-definition television on a motorized lift. The forward end of the salon can be devoted to either more seating or an indoor dining space.
Far forward on the main deck is the primary helm station, where a Raymarine glass dash provides full control over the yacht’s twin 1,650 horsepower MAN diesels.
The enhanced beam of the G25 Metri is evident below deck, where the four-stateroom layout boasts plenty of open space and windows that flood the lower deck with both fresh air and natural light. The surprisingly liberal headroom and tasteful, light decor make the spaces appear much larger than they really are.
Twin guest cabins and a plush VIP suite in the bow offer a level of interior accommodation far beyond what one would expect to see in a 25-metre yacht, while amidships, the full-beam owner’s suite provides space for seating on each side below the large windows, along with an enormous ensuite head featuring his and her sinks, plenty of vanity space, and a double-entry shower. A walk-in wardrobe completes the space. Farther aft still and accessed by its own dedicated entry is a separate crew accommodation in two cabins, along with a dedicated crew mess.
It doesn’t take long to understand why the G25 Metri has been called the Baby Grande. With the harmonious integration of its exterior and interior designs and some truly imaginative engineering, this is one yacht that delivers more than meets the eye.