Couples Therapy

The newest Azimut Magellano can accommodate you and four of your friends, or even better, just the two of you.

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By Capt. Richard Thiel

It’s a fairly common marketing strategy in the boating business: Introduce a new model, and then leverage its success by adding smaller versions that bear a familial resemblance and retain many, but not always all, of the original’s best features. That’s the path Azimut Yachts took in launching the Magellano 43. She premiered after the company introduced its new line of cruising-oriented motoryachts with a 74 (now a 76) in 2009, a 50 in 2010, and a 53 coming in 2014. Though smaller, to my mind the 43 is actually truest to the original concept: an efficient, seaworthy cruiser that puts to maximum use every bit of interior space.

Accommodations:

Azimut claims, and delivers, accommodations for five on the 43, and that means not only berths but dining and lounging areas as well. Thanks to a bit of design magic, it has managed to fit in three roomy cabins—a forward master with en suite head, a portside double, and a starboard stowage space that can be ordered as a single—plus a dayhead, a large interior dinette, and a compact but eminently workable galley. Another dinette on the flying bridge can convert to a sun lounge—maybe not for five but certainly for three adults. But it is to those who are inclined towards a smaller crew—say, a couple or a couple with a child—that this boat may prove most enticing, especially if that third cabin is ordered outfitted for stowage.

A length of 42 feet 6 inches (not including pulpit) means the 43 is nimble and maneuverable enough for two to handle, especially when equipped with the optional Xenta joystick (learn more about the aftermarket Xenta joystick upgrade at www.pmymag.com), which integrates control of both marine gears and the optional bow thruster.

Construction:

The 43 has precisely the same high-level interior furnishings, and nearly all of the features that made the first two Magellanos so successful. Part of the reason Azimut was able to get so much into this envelope is the 43’s bluff bow, a Magellano trademark, and comparatively generous beam of 14 feet 5 inches, which is carried well forward. But honestly, after three hours on this boat, I’m still not exactly sure how they pulled it off.

Furthermore, the sightlines from both the lower and upper stations were excellent forward and good aft. (A hardtop version without the flying bridge is available.) Combined with wide side decks, plenty of handholds, a tall bowrail that extends nearly to the cockpit, and a virtually flat foredeck, the general deck arrangement bodes well for short-handed operation. Of course, with a crew of four, running should be even more hassle-free.

Performance:

The principal means to accomplish a combination of increased efficiency, range, and available speed is what Azimut calls its Dual Mode hull. Designed by Bill Dixon and employed in each of the three Magellano models, it is an interpretation of the traditional semidisplacement form, with full foresections that continue to about midship, a plumb bow that increases waterline length and thereby displacement speed, and enough flatness in the aftersections to produce the lift necessary to exceed displacement speed.

Together they yield a boat that in our test managed 1.5 nmpg at 9.3 knots—not bad for a 17-tonner (full load)—yet with the throttles down, topped out at 22.3 knots. And with a

444-gallon fuel capacity, you’ll get decent range wherever you set the throttles, from 248 nm at full throttle to 1,137 nm if you can somehow manage to keep the motors lazing along at 1000 rpm (7.4 knots).

But that’s the thing about the 43: She offers you many more choices than most boats—including, in my opinion, her sisterships.

Azimut Yachts, 631-424-2710; www.azimutyachts.com

44'9"
14'5"
3'5" (to keel)
13.6 tons
444 gal.
158 gal.
2/355-mhp Cummins QSB5.9 diesel inboards
2/305-mhp Cummins QSB5.9 diesel inboards
$805,000
$840,000
ZF85-IV, 2.01:1 gear ratio
23 5/8 x 26 four-blade nibral

Telescoping passarelle ($18,900); 6.3-kW Side Power bow thruster ($6,900); Raymarine Gold Electronics package, including Raymarine c125 multifunction display, 4-kW radome, VHF 240, and p70R autopilot ($18,200); teak decking ($11,100).

Air temperature: 75°F; humidity: 55%; wind 4-9 knots; seas: 2-3'; load: 110 gal. fuel, 158 gal. water, 2 people, 100 lb. gear. Speeds are two-way averages measured with onboard GPS. GPH taken via Cummins display. Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Sound levels measured at the lower helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.