Mission of the Azimut Magellano 43
The Magellano has been designed to be both a displacement-speed cruiser and a planning boat at moderate speeds. In this "dual mode" she can appeal to long-distance cruisers who are looking to maximize fuel economy and range, or to boaters who want a shippy-looking yacht that also can muster a good turn of speed when wanted. This is the space occupied by "trawlers" which usually look like commercial fishing vessels of one type or another. Azimut, however, is building a distinctive product with lines more reminiscent of World War I battleships. In fact, it is this retro look that designers of superyachts have been selling to some of the world's wealthiest billionaire boaters.
During the last few years, Azimut, which heretofore specialized in high-speed motoryachts and express cruisers, has introduced three yachts aimed at a different market. They are the Magellanos which range from 43' to 76' (13.63 m to 23.16 m). These three models have a strong family resemblance, with plumb bows, high, rather vertical freeboard and an overall shippy appearance.
Built for the Times.
With the advent of higher fuel prices, and the graduation of tens of thousands of people world-wide everyday into baby-boomer retirement, vessels with more sedate characteristics are increasingly in favor. Many of these boaters have dreamed for years of long range cruising, which, of course, means different things for different people.
Azimut is now truly a world-wide company with dealers in over 60 countries all over the world. This is a distinction that plays right into the hands of people thinking about world cruising. How convenient it might be to have Azimut service, or at least a dealer nearly anywhere traveled.
●Exterior styling●Interior styling●2-1/2- cabin accommodations●Light fuel capacity●Aft galley
Magellano 43 Offshore
We have not tested the boat so we can make no empirical comments about her performance, handling or offshore riding characteristics. However, by looking at her displacement, beam, and hull shape we can come to some basic conclusions. First, at 39,930 lbs. (18.15 tons) she is somewhat heavier than many boats in class. That together with her deep, sharp forefoot tells us that she should ride as well as most trawlers, particularly the high-speed ones. Second, with 443 gal. (1,680 L) fuel capacity she will have limited range at anything except displacement speeds. That means that at 8 knots she should have something close to an 800 nmile range, depending on the engines selected. This means that she is not a trans-oceanic vessel, which would require a range of about 2,200 nmiles with a fuel reserve. The Magellano 43 is a conventional inboard.
800-mile range does mean, however, that she will be able to cruise most anywhere else. For example, she can cruise from Baffin Island at the arctic circle to Cape Horn in the western hemisphere. She will also be able to cover the distances required between fuel stops to go from England to American Samoa in the Pacific by way of the Suez Canal and Indonesia. So even though her range is limited to about 800 nautical miles at displacement speeds, she is a "go almost-anywhere" type of vessel. Why carry 2,000 gallons of fuel around if it is not needed? Doesn't that just burn even more fuel?
The most unusual aspect of the main deck is the placement of the galley aft. The advantage of having it there is that the ride will be more comfortable aft for the chef than it would be farther forward, and it is also closer to the stairs to the flying bridge. Counter space is somewhat limited and the galley looks quite small, but when combined with the sideboard to starboard with its cabinets and stand up refrigerator these objections are somewhat ameliorated.
More Galley Space.
We like where the stand-up refrigerator/freezer is located as it is out of the galley proper, so it can be accessed without interrupting the chef. Long range cruisers often have secondary, aftermarket freezers aboard in a remote location such as on the flying bridge or in a low part of the boat.
Forward, adjacent to the helm the dining table can be used as a chart table and a companion can sit there facing forward to help with piloting. There is no room for a second seat at the helm. At dinner time a stool can be placed at this table making room for one more soul.
The Magellano 43 comes in both hardtop and flying bridge versions. Virtually, the only difference between the two boats is the flying bridge itself and about 500 lbs. (227 kgs.) less weight in the hardtop version. Again, we have a single helm seat with no companion seat. Facing the helm is a U-shaped dining table. The table can be lowered to make a large sun bathing platform. And note that there are two large sun pads on the bow, something rarely seen on a trawler.
Behind the boat's imposing mast for radar and antennae is the boat deck, a place for a dinghy. This area is small, but that might just as well be the place for an inflatable because it’s also small. For those who would like a larger tender, one can be placed there (with a hydraulic davit) with its outboard and stern protruding beyond the deck. Otherwise a Weaver device can be used for a tender on the lip of the swim platform below. Since this is a cruising boat a provision for a tender should be one of the priorities of any consumer.
A somewhat unusual aspect of the Magellano is the single-berth cabin on the starboard side. So let's start there. Our experience is that most retired baby boomers who will be cruising any distance will be doing it as a couple. Depending on their ages and the amount of physical activity wanted, many may appreciate a young lad aboard to help out with washing down the boat, daily fluid checks and carrying supplies to the boat from the local provisioning house.
For families that will be cruising together, this single cabin means that one more child can sleep in comfort, perhaps the oldest, or the youngest. Clearly, some cruising couples will simply use this space to stow a number of different things. This area could be a good place to install that extra freezer we spoke of earlier. Or, perhaps, a wash/dryer combo can be placed here -- or both. No matter how this space is used it will be greatly appreciated.
Master of the House.
The master stateroom is forward and it is, in our opinion, a good size for this class of boat. There is a fair amount of deck space, the door to the head opens without hitting the bed, and there are two large hanging lockers. As can be seen in the image above, there are two long windows port and starboard with opening oval portlights. The master head is large for this size boat.
The guest stateroom to port with twin beds shoe-horned into this 43' boat is a major accomplishment. There is standing headroom in the entrance and along the outboard half of the aisle between the beds. As in most, or all boats of this size the guest stateroom has been squeezed in under the dinette above. Azimut has pushed the outboard bed out under the side deck and in the process we see a bit of the hull side on the cabin's deck. This is not unusual as we often see builders "cheat" in this way to accomplish a greater good. It is a good use of the outside space in the boat that would otherwise go to waste or be used for duct work.
Engine Options and Speed
Azimut makes two engines available for the 43: twin 305-hp Cummins QSB5.9 diesels, or twin 355-hp Cummins QSB5.9s. Both drive through conventional inboard straight shaft systems. We have not tested the boat, but the folks at Azimut have and they tell us that WOT speed with the big engines is about 22 knots. We reckon that somewhere between 17 and 20 knots will be the most comfortable place to run the boat for those who want to go faster. Theoretical hull speed for this boat is about 7.4 knots or so, so it is there that fuel mileage and speed will be optimized. For boaters planning on going slow, the smaller engine might make more sense.
Azimut has created a distinctive-looking boat that should capture the imagination of a lot of boaters, particularly those who want to avoid trawler styling. When we compared the Magellano 43 with the sleek Azimut 43 Flybridge model we discovered that the cruiser is 6,468 lbs. (2,940 kgs.) heavier, and has 7" (17.6 cm) more beam than the 43 Flybridge. Obviously, Azimut could have built the boat lighter had it wanted to. We think the fact that it didn't speaks well of Azimut because it has obviously built a boat that is meant more for going to sea. The added weight and beam will make the boat just that much more comfortable in a seaway.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!