Azimut’s new Magellano starter
The new entry model for Azimut’s fast-growing navetta line, the Magellano 60 is set to debut in Asia in early 2024 following sales into Hong Kong and Taiwan by Marine Italia.
Words: Clare Mahon; Photos: Azimut
The Magellano 60 joins the 66 (20m), 25M and 30M models
In 2009, Azimut launched its first semi-displacement navetta, a 22.5m motor yacht designed with longer-range cruising in mind. A versatile crossover cruiser, the Ken Freivokh-designed 74-footer had the clean and timeless look of a trawler spiked by the addition of large, glazed surfaces and contemporary interiors. It proved so popular that it became the first unit in a series called the Magellano.
The latest arrival to the Magellano fold is a little sister, the 60, which wears its family resemblance proudly and debuted at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival before exhibiting at the Genoa International Boat Show. Marine Italia has already sold units in Hong Kong and Taiwan, due in spring 2024, with the regional dealer also representing Azimut in Macau, Guangdong and Singapore.
Ken Freivokh designed the exterior
Freivokh has kept the same clean look for the entire Magellano line that today comprises yachts ranging in size from the 60 (18.5m) and 66 (20.15m) to the 25M and 30M, with a unit of the series flagship set to arrive in Hong Kong in spring 2024 following a sale by Marine Italia. Incredibly, the four models across the entire series look similar – and similarly good.
The exterior of the new Magellano 60 has the same straight bow, horizontal hull lines and teak inserts in the fashion plates as her bigger sisters, while the hull colour of choice remains ottanio, a dark teal that looks beautiful on the water.
The aft cockpit has a glass parapet and facing sofas
Swedish naval architectural studio Profjord AB and Azimut’s own R&D Department designed an efficient new semi-planing Dual Mode hull shape for a boat that, fuel wise, has been designed for the future.
As well as traditional fuel, the Magellano 60 can run on HVOlution developed by Eni Sustainable Mobility, as first shown when hull one used the biofuel made of HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) on its trip from Savona to Taormina for the model’s private showing at Azimut’s annual Yachting Gala event.
The table can be lowered or raised and folded out for alfresco dining
At its ideal cruising speed of 18 knots, the Magellano 60 runs solidly in the water with a comfortable top speed of about 24 knots with twin 730hp MAN engines and shaft drive.
FROM OUT TO IN
The beach platform can be used both for swimming and for launching the tender or toys depending on the position it’s set at. And who would guess that what looks like a storage unit in the aft cockpit leads to a crew cabin, another essential feature for owners who want to charter or like to be able to kick back and relax after enjoying their day on the water.
The aft galley is set a step below the saloon
The extra-large cockpit sets the tone for the rest of the yacht, where outdoor life and views to the water are given top priority. Longitudinal couches face each other and the water around the boat and a teak-capped glass aft closure leaves views free and clear. The cockpit table between the sofas can be set low for use as a coffee table or raised and folded out to offer covered, alfresco dining.
Forward to port are two bar stools that connect the cockpit to the interior, with the galley set at the aft end of the saloon. Just open the door between the cockpit and the saloon, and drop a sliding window into the bar and serving area, and the galley becomes part of the cockpit area, an ideal setup that makes cooking for friends part of the fun.
The saloon has a C-shaped sofa to port and facing sofas to starboard
Set one step up from the cockpit and galley, the saloon is like a glasshouse with views straight through and side-to-side that are so free and open that you could forget you’re indoors.
A C-shaped sofa frames the port side of the saloon, while to starboard are two-seat sofas either side of a table that – like in the cockpit – can transform from a coffee table to a dining table. The floor-to- ceiling window on the starboard side is truly a sight to behold.
Aft view of the saloon shows the huge, full-height window on the starboard side
The yacht’s colour theme is played to its best advantage, with the teal hull colour picked up and repeated.
Soft, curved furnishings in shades of white are set off by black accents that are as chic as the piping on a Chanel suit, an effect carried over to the three bright and spacious cabins on the lower deck, comprising a VIP fore, a twin to starboard and an owner’s cabin midships.
The beautifully decorated full-beam owner’s suite
The full-beam owner’s suite is a picture of studied elegance, with a round mirror set in the centre of an aft bulkhead covered in light, fluted panelling. There’s a sofa to starboard and a long storage counter to port, hanging cupboards on both sides and an en-suite bathroom.
THE LONG GAME
As the name implies, Azimut’s Magellano series is all about enjoying navigation and exploration. The indoor helm station, just one step up from the cockpit and galley, is an integral part of the boat’s social setup and everyone aboard can enjoy observing the boat at work.
The flybridge includes a C-shaped dinette to port and a sunbathing area beside the helm
However, there’s no better spot to helm than on the flybridge. The helming position fore is imminently social, flanked by a portside sun pad whose headrest slides back to become part of the C-shaped seating around the dining table when needed.
Owners can select an outdoor kitchen with a grill, while the aft area can feature two facing sofas – like in the cockpit – or a C-shaped settee-cum-sun lounger. Owners can choose to mount a carbon-fibre hard top or include a bimini, or even just leave the space entirely open.
The foredeck is shown with the triple sunpad folded up to create an aft-facing sofa
The same smart seating with convertible backrests is used on the foredeck. The social area in the bow starts with a fixed forward-facing sofa, while a section of the forward triple sunpad can be folded up to offer an aft-facing sofa, helping create four sides of seating around the flexible table.
The clever design of the foredeck makes it another outdoor space that can be enjoyed all day, whether you’re cruising along in the sunshine watching the scenery go by or enjoying a drink at anchor, with shade provided by a canopy mounted on four carbon poles.
The Azimut Magellano 60 packs all the series’ key features of seaworthiness, flexibility of use, efficiency and range into a tidy package that looks just as good and lives just as well as her larger sisterships, proving that when it comes to Magellano in the Azimut sense, it’s an outlook on life at sea that counts more than anything else.