By Jeanne Craig
Azimut Magellano 43: Style in a Slo-Fast
Trawlers are not what comes to mind when one thinks of Azimut yachts, but the newest addition to the Magellano line, the 43, could change our way of thinking.
When Azimut first debuted its Magellano line in 2009 (see Testing the Azimut Magellano for more information about the initial 4,000 mile sea trial), those who picked up snippets of the news heard only that the Italian builder of sexy yachts and cruisers was getting into the trawler market. To some ears that was unsettling news, akin to Dolce and Gabbana forsaking those sensational sky-high stiletto heels to produce plain, practical pumps. But as we all later learned, the Magellano line was designed to be much more than an Italian take on a traditional trawler.
The series, which began with a 74 and then a 50 in its wake, was an evolved concept. These long-range cruisers were built to be more earth-friendly, with features like low-emission engines and hulls designed to decrease the amount of horsepower required to run quickly and efficiently. Inside, elegant interiors were carved with teak harvested from trees registered with the Forest Stewardship Council. And the teak was made from glued strips of wood so as to be stronger than traditional teak and allow craftsmen to use more of each tree. These features, and many, many others, drew praise from critics and down payments from doting admirers. With the successful launch of the Magellano series in its wake, Azimut recently debuted the next model in the line, the 43.
Like the 74 and 50, the 43 is powered by a pair of Cummins QSB5.9 diesel engines with high-efficiency propellers. Horsepower options are 305 or 355. That horsepower may seem low for a boat of this size, but it’s by design. It pushes Magellano’s dual-mode hull (which is aptly named as it actually has two optimal cruise speeds) in both full-displacement mode at seven or eight knots and in semi-displacement mode with max speeds ranging from 17 to 22 knots. Hull designer Bill Dixon designed the bottom with a rounded midsection to help the boat smoothly transition from slow to higher speeds. Yet at any speed, the 43 takes modest, measured sips of fuel. With the 355-hp engines, the 43 has been reported to burns 3.11 gph at about eight knots, and 8.3 gph at about 18 knots. Those diesels work well in another way, too: they leave enough space in the engine room for maintenance and repairs, with space left over for the generator.
If the 43 is anything like the 74 and 50 before it, the hull should produce a stable and comfortable ride. A low trim angle will provide the driver at the lower helm with a clear view over the bow at any speed, even with the boat’s robust bulwarks. Three pantograph wipers are at the helm, too, along with powerful demisters to clear the windshield and an elongated eyebrow that extends over the windshield, to reduce glare on long passages. When maneuvering in the marina, the driver can get assistance from the optional bow thruster. The 43 is available in two versions: a hardtop and flybridge. The view from the flybridge helm is terrific, and we like the way Azimut created a clear view of the swim platform through a hatch; that will come in handy when docking stern-to.
|Fuel capacity||443 gal.|
|Water capacity||600 gal.|
While the 43 does resemble a classic trawler with its performance and sturdy, offshore-ready hull, otherwise, it’s a very different type of boat. That’s most obvious in the cabin, which was designed by Carlo Galeazzi, the man behind the expensively crafted interiors that have put Azimut’s cruisers at the top of many a best-dressed-yacht list. Fabrics and woods are handsome and elegant; the layout is open and easy to socialize in. On the 43, Azimut locates the galley up and at the aft end of the salon so it’s easy to serve the salon and cockpit. With this type of arrangement, you have to sacrifice locker space at eye level, but the upside is a lovely view for the person prepping the oysters and Prosecco.
One of the nice features on this 43 is the third cabin, which is something you don’t always find on a 43-footer. Here, it can be set up as an overnight space for a guest or as a stowage room, which is a good option for serious cruisers. You can even outfit the space with Azimut’s oversized portable stowage bags. Other accommodations include a guest cabin for two and the owner’s suite forward, with ensuite head and wardrobes sized to fit everything you need for an extended cruise – right down to those sharp Italian heels.
For more information, visit Azimut.
- Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.