The Azimut Magellano 74 is a 74-foot trawler-style explorer yacht that was launched by the Italian boat building firm at the 2009 Genoa Boat Show. The first ever Magellano-class vessel built by Azimut, the yacht forever revolutionized the market for long-distance passage-makers by introducing modern styling and luxury amenity into a market that had long been typified by conservative designs and utilitarian arrangements. This daring move into the world of trawler yachts immediately paid off, with the Magellano 74 winning a slew of awards including the prize for “Flybridge Yacht of the Year” at the 2010 Moscow Yacht Show.
One cannot discuss a long-distance explorer yacht without first considering the hull. This vessel benefited from a collaborative design effort involving Bill Dixon, Ken Freivokh and the in-house Azimut team to craft a deep-V combination displacement and planing hull with a round bilge and a long skeg that is capable of standing up to rough ocean currents. High bulwarks to protect from spray and a vertical bow to act as a wave breaker ensure that this is a smooth and stable ride whatever conditions you may encounter.
The flybridge on this model is inspired by the sports bridges of tournament-ready fishing boats and boasts a light-weight hardtop held in place by stainless steel supports as well as a full set of upper helm controls. Yet the bridge is also large enough to accommodate the sort of outdoor luxuries that demanding Azimut clients expect from this brand. A U-shaped leather sofa surrounds a teak breakfast table and sits next to a sunlounge area at the rear, while to starboard there is space for your choice of either an extra side-sofa or a long wet-bar station with an icemaker and an outdoor grill.
The teak-lined main deck features plenty of outdoor socializing space, including an aft-deck with a leather transom sofa, an outdoor dining table and side steps down to a full-beam hydraulic swimming platform and spacious tender garage. On the foredeck there is a raised sunpad that adjoins a forward-facing sofa built into the fiberglass superstructure.
The main deck cockpit benefits from 360-degree wrap-around windows for superb visibility and plenty of natural light to illuminate the minimalist and contemporary Ken Freivokh interiors. Furnishings from Missoni Home complement the textures of dark wengewood, walnut and oak, Italian leather, lacquered ivory and black plexiglass for a thoroughly modern atmosphere. Positioned aft is a kitchen galley laid out in an interesting geometric manner with the latest Miele appliances, a wet bar with a floating platform and an open, breezy feel. This connects to an informal dining space with a leather-topped table as well as a salon with a hook-shaped side sofa and Ottomans. At the front of the cockpit is the main deck helm station equipped with Raymarine navigational controls and power assisted steering. Nothing drives like an Azimut Yacht!
Below-deck spaces benefit from plenty of head clearance thanks to the tall hull sides, and boasts three en suite bedrooms including a twin berth, a master cabin towards the bow and an amidship owner’s stateroom with knife-insert windows, a king-sized bed, a work desk and seating. There is also room for a crew quarters at the rear should you wish to take staff with you on your long voyages, though many owners prefer to pilot this vessel themselves.
The Azimut Magellano 74 is powered by a hybrid propulsion system that reduces perceived engine noise by up to 80% and reduces fuel consumption by up to a quarter when compared to comparable flybridge yachts. A pair of MAN V12 1360MHP engines offer top speeds of around 25 knots, though recommended cruising speeds are between 12 and 20 knots. At a steady 11 knots, meanwhile, this yacht boasts a range of some 1,100 nautical miles, which should come as no surprise considering that the Magellano 74 features a fuel tank holding some 7600 liters of diesel.