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 fiberglass 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 fiberglass at the time).
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 revolutionize the boat building industry, such as: large frameless windows, electric seats, and walnut interiors.
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 Turkey and Brazil.
Azimut Benetti is the largest network producing megayachts and the world’s leading private group in the luxury boating sector. The Group, which owns the prestigious brands Azimut Yachts, Azimut Grande, Atlantis and Benetti Yachts, Yachtique, Fraser Yachts, Lusben, Marina di Varazze and Royal Yacht Club Moscow, offers the most extensive range of motor boats from the 30 foot Sport Cruiser by Atlantis to the 70 metre plus yachts built by Benetti.
More specifically, Azimut Yachts builds Open and Flybridge yachts from 40 to 100 feet; Azimut Grande builds megayachts over 100 feet; Atlantis builds Open yachts from 34 to 60 feet; Benetti builds megayachts from 24 to 70 metres.
A leader in production, Azimut Benetti has the most extensive sales network in the boating industry worldwide, with 138 sites in 68 countries. Being close to boat owners in all four corners of the globe is an ideal basis for delivering an outstanding level of service to customers. The Group has a division dedicated to financial services, yacht management and the development of marinas.