The Azimut Magellano 43 is a 43-foot trawler-style explorer yacht that was launched by the Italian boat building firm in 2012. The development of the Magellano-class line was inspired by the desire to produce an ocean-going, long-distance trawler capable of standing up to rough bluewater conditions without sacrificing style or luxury. Azimut recruited naval architects and industry legends Cor D. Rover and Bill Dixon to design this robust vessel, pairing their nautical know-how with the modernity and amenity Azimut is renowned for.
Production of the Magellano 43 began with the hull. A dual mode semi-planing hull constructed out of GRP with tunnel, skeg and vertical bow provides superb performance out at sea, incredible durability as well as a smooth and balanced ride even in rougher waters. Then came the challenge to craft a superstructure to provide a sense of contemporary elegance that most trawlers tend to lack. Azimut started by designing a sleek and spacious flybridge large enough for a single helm station, a U-shaped port sofa and coffee table, as well as a rear lounge space that can be fitted with a wet bar console and electric grill. For those who expect to explore colder climes or inland waterways, however, the yacht also comes as a hard-top model without the flybridge, with the added benefit of mullioned skylights across the cockpit roof.
One deck down and there is yet more novel outdoor space, including a sheltered aft-deck with an L-shaped transom sofa, a rear, full-beam swimming platform as well as a foredeck that is equipped with a double sunpad for marina-facing sunbathing. Stepping inside through sliding glass doors there is cabinet space to starboard and to port an aft-galley kitchen with granite worktops, Miele appliances and light oak or Canaletto walnut doors. Further internal cockpit space is given over to a large dining sofa with a teak breakfast table, as well as the main deck helm station. On the lower deck the yacht provides space for up to 5 overnight guests across a twin cabin, a single cabin and an en suite master stateroom to the bow. This full-beam bedroom benefits from strip windows and opening portholes to the sides, a king-sized island bed, ample storage space and a skylight. Azimut Yachts knows how to create a comfortable bedroom that makes you feel like you're at home.
Though the Magellano 43 is built more for steady cruising than rip-roaring speeds, a pair of Cummins QSB 6.7 engines can fire the yacht to top speeds of around 22 knots, easily outpacing comparable vessels in this class. At cruising speeds of approximately 7.4 knots the yacht has an oceanic range of around 1,100 nautical miles, more than enough to take in a round trip to the Bahamas from your Florida base and a quality that Magellan himself would admire. Handling on the yacht is super responsive thanks to the use of a Xenta joystick and hydraulic steering, while navigation and monitoring is easy and intuitive due to the installation of a VesselView or Raymarine display.
With its mix of superb seakeeping, modern lines and sumptuous luxury, it is no wonder that the Magellano 43 has won a host of awards from industry insiders, including the prize for “Best Production Motor Yacht” at the 2013 Asia Boating Awards and the title for “Best Passagemaker” at the 2012 AIM Awards.