August 27, 2010

Project: Azimut 50 Magellano

Azimut was already challenging the market back last year when it launched the first 74 Magellano, announcing that a smaller 48 model is already in the works. A year has passed since the unveiling of this important chapter for Azimut and the Italian builder keeps its promise presenting the two feet extended project of the 50 Magellano set to be unveiled in the coming Genoa boat show. In this new project Azimut embraces green technology not only to the hybrid power which gives a speed of 8 knots, but also in the building of the yacht in infusion resin method, a technology that the Italian builder has been among the first to embrace from the big European builders, the Forest Stewardship Council for the woods used on board, and also for being the smallest boat to get the RINA Green Plus. Interior wise the 50 Magellano is also full of choices, having a four option plan for its lower deck which involves a two or three cabin plan, a studio, sofa area, or laundry room choices. The main deck follows recent demand of an astern galley, and a convivial area by the lower helm. For the tender stowage Azimut takes lessons from its faster boats, making the 50 Magellano the first Explorer yacht to incorporate a tender garage, but further space will be available I think on the bathing platform, and on the flybridge. The hull design follows Bill Dixon advanced Dual Mode semi displacement shape with a deep vee bow, shallow dead rise stern, wide chines, and a distinctive soft middle section. Power will be from twin Cummins 425hp which deliver a 22 knots top speed, an 18 knots cruise, and an economic long range 10 knots giving a 1000 nautical miles before filling back the 3000 litres fuel tank.


  1. if this Magellano range (the 50 and soon the 40) become a success, I think it will change the European yachting industry of the coming years

  2. Not the first time I guess from Azimut, as they did a revolution in EURO yacht design in recent years from frameless glass windows, to the layouts of the interiors. Here the challenge is bigger, but there is a lot of interest in these type of yachts and crusiers i.e. fuel efficient, with medium crusing speeds, and a good range. I think the share of long medium range explorer yachts is about 5%. Can Azimut and those who follow there concepts take it up to 10 or more. We will see.

  3. Absolutely. 'Before' Magellano, I had the feeling the 'Trawlers' were focused in North/Cold regions: very few outdoor areas, even the reference 'Grand Banks' is missing this. To me, it has always been hard to understand why the fly was half occupied by the tender, instead of freeing this fantastic space to enjoy the life at sea.
    I think the marketing culture of Trawler makers does not fit with the European market, hence the 5%.
    With the Magellano range, I see myself enjoying my time with Friends/family in South England/ Solent, navigating or just at the port, cosy and safely protected indoor.
    And during the summer, heading to Mediterranean sea and enjoying the outdoor sunny season.

    And all this time with lower running cost and respect of the environment via the hybrid and versatile hull design.