Azimut Magellano 43 - Running

Review and photos by Simon Hill  

A stylish Italian take on the enduringly popular trawler concept  

Italy's Azimut Yachts was founded in 1969 but the company's line of vessels is something of a novelty to Canadian boaters, with only two authorized dealers here and a handful of boats on the water so far. The introduction of the Magellano 43, however, may see that change.  

The 43 is the smallest of the Magellano line — the Magellano 76 and 50 were introduced a few years ago, and the 66 is launching this year. The 43 hits a sweet spot in the marketplace, being large enough to offer plenty of room on board for entertaining and family cruising, yet small enough to allow easy handling by a couple.  

Designed by Cor D. Rover with a Bill Dixon hull form, the Magellano 43 has traditional-looking lines, with a bluff bow and the houseworks set back to allow a spacious sun-pad up front. It's an approach that maximizes interior space while producing a handsome-looking exterior that echoes classic Chris-Crafts of the 1950s. Depending on your requirements, the boat is available as a flybridge cruiser (as tested) or a hardtop version with sliding sunroof panels.  

The Bill Dixon hull advances the traditional semi-displacement concept into what Dixon calls a dual-mode design. It has a rounded V-shaped entry with full fore-sections, and flattens out towards the chines to create lifting surface for planing, while the chines are shaped to minimize spray. The result is a vessel that'll cruise efficiently in displacement mode and handle rough water with grace, but can also plane at 24 knots when needed.  

 

Azimut Magellano 43 - HelmOn Deck  

A large aft swim grid makes boarding the Magellano 43 easy, and a transom cut-out provides access to the cockpit, which features spacious L-shaped lounge seating and a folding table. The wide side decks are protected by robust railings, with gates for side boarding.  

The foredeck is dominated by a large sunpad, forward of which is the anchor-handling gear and substantial mooring bitts. The 20kg Delta anchor is secured in an integral hawsepipe with the anchor roller extending outward. This keeps the anchor clear of the vessel's stem when deploying and retrieving it, but some marinas may charge extra moorage since the anchor protrudes forward when stowed.  

The flybridge is accessed from the cockpit via teak-surfaced stairs, with storage underneath and an acrylic hatch up top to close them off when not in use. There's space on the flybridge for a compact wet bar and fridge aft, with a single sliding helm seat and sofa-lounge up front. Sturdy railings and thoughtfully-placed grab-handles provide security underway, and a wind deflector keeps the space sociable. Canvas covering for the flybridge isn't part of the factory fit-out, so buyers may want custom-designed canvas built to suit.  

 

Accommodations  

Thanks to the Magellano's traditional lines and thoughtful design, the interior offers surprising space for a vessel of this size, feeling more like a boat three or four feet bigger. Woodwork is a satin-finished Canaletto walnut, and there are myriad options for the other interior materials. No matter how you fit it out, it's all wrapped in unmistakable Italian style.  

Sliding doors provide level access from the cockpit to the open-plan main cabin. The aft galley easily serves either the cockpit or the inside dinette, and includes a 130-litre fridge, three-burner induction cooktop, and Miele microwave/convection oven with grill. Custom cabinetry securely stores the included Azimut dinnerware and glassware, and a low cabinet to starboard provides a spot for a flatscreen television.  

Moving forward there's a single-seat helm station to starboard and a U-shaped sofa-dinette to port. This is close enough to the helm to allow interaction with the helmsman while underway, though forward visibility from the sofa is somewhat limited. Throughout the cabin there are plenty of stout grab-handles, proof that the boat was designed by people who know the sea.  

A set of steps leads forward to the lower accommodations, which can be configured as a two-cabin layout with a large storage space, or a three-cabin layout with a master cabin forward, twin-bunk guest cabin to port, and a third single cabin to starboard (the test boat had the three-cabin layout). In either case the master cabin has an ensuite head with shower, and there's a second smaller day-head on the starboard side.  

 

Azimut Magellano 43 - Main CabinPower and Equipment  

The Magellano 43 is powered by twin 355-horsepower Cummins QSB 6.7 diesels turning V-drives transmissions, with Cummins ETS electronic controls and VesselView display. The Teleflex steering is hydraulically-assisted, and there are electro-hydraulic trim tabs and a standard bow thruster. An available Xenta joystick system ties together the gears and bow thruster to provide simple, stress-free docking control.  

Electrical service is supplied by a bank of four 24-volt house batteries, backed by a Cummins Onan genset mounted aft of the engines. Machinery space access is provided by a large hatch in the cockpit floor, with further access provided by raising the galley sole.  

 

Underway  

Underway the Magellano 43 is quiet, smooth, and solid-feeling. The Xenta joystick control made it easy to thread the boat out of Granville Island's crowded brokerage docks, and the low sound levels — below 75 db at 14 knots — ensured no one had to raise their voice to be heard. Once out in English Bay we were able to carve some tight high-speed turns, which the Magellano 43 handled with minimal heel and absolutely no fuss. Shouldering our way through some self-generated chop was equally drama-free, and even when hitting waves square-on the Magellano 43 didn't crash, bang or rattle in the slightest — it provides a genuinely impressive feeling of solidity.  

Cruising fuel consumption during our test was 37 L/h at 14 knots (2,240 rpm) and full throttle netted a top speed of 24.7 knots at 3,040 rpm (see below for complete performance data). With 1,680 L of fuel in twin 840 L tanks, the Magellano 43 has a range of about 1,200 nm at 9 knots or 450 nm at 17 knots.  

 

Azimut Magellano 43 - Master CabinReady to Cruise  

With its efficient semi-displacement cruising ability, unique reserve of planing speed, and stand-out European style, the Magellano 43 is a do-it-all vessel well suited for a couple looking to cruise further afield, a family needing the space of a three-cabin layout, or an executive looking for a boat that can entertain in style and go away for the weekend in comfort.  

The West Coast-based test boat is available from Fraser Yacht Sales at an introductory price of $988,000, and for those who fancy creating unique first memories with their new vessel Azimut offers European delivery, allowing you to pick the boat up in Italy and cruise the Mediterranean for up to three months before having it shipped home to North America at no additional cost. "It's really easy cruising grounds there," explains Ian Fraser, "and the Azimut-Benneti group owns a number of marinas so getting space isn't a problem." For more information on the Magellano 43 contact Fraser Yachts on the West Coast at 604-734-3344, or Executive Yacht in Toronto at 1-888-237-1647.  

 

Specifications

LOA 13.63 m (44' 9") 

Hull length 12.96 m (42' 6")  

Beam 4.4 m (14' 5") 

Draft 1.2 m (3' 11") 

Displ. 18.15 tons 

Engines 2 x 355hp Cummins QSB 6.7 

Fuel 1,680 L (443 US gals) 

Water 600 L (158 US gals) 

Holding tank 130 L (34 US gals) 

Designer Cor D. Rover  

 

Performance Data 

Displ. speed 9.3 knots @ 1,635 rpm, 16 L/h per engine 

Low cruise 14 knots @ 2,240 rpm, 37 L/h per engine 

High cruise 17 knots @  2,510 rpm, 45 L/h per engine 

Top speed 24.7 knots @ 3,040 rpm, 70 L/h per engine

 

Photo Captions:

Photo 1 - Underway in Vancouver's English Bay, the Azimut Magellano 43 shows off its classic lines, with a bluff bow and aft-set houseworks.  

Photo 2 - The uncluttered single-seat helm station features a central navigation display, Xenta joystick docking control, and single-lever throttle/gear controls. The stylish steering wheel shows true Italian flair.  

Photo 3 - The open-plan main cabin is bright and roomy, with an aft galley and a U-shaped dinette forward across from the helm station.  

Photo 4 - The master cabin features a walk-around island queen berth and ensuite head. Clean, well thought-out design contributes to a spacious feel.  

 

Related Articles

Friday, 03 January 2014 15:49

The Beneteau Oceanis 38 claims more flexibility than seen before on this size of boat and a new way of looking at below decks, giving the boat an airy loft than a traditional cabin arrangement.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 15:45

Canadian Yachting Magazine was invited to be one of the first publications to test sail the Blue Jacket 40, the first in a new series of performance cruising sailboats designed by Tim Jackett in...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:56

The Beneteau Oceanis 55 was unveiled at the Paris Boat Show in December 2012.  We had the pleasure of sailing the Oceanis 55 immediately following the North American debut at Strictly Sail – the...

Friday, 03 January 2014 10:56

I had the pleasure of running and reviewing the Swift 50 when I was in Annapolis last October; the boat was supplied by Beneteau America and was moored at Annapolis Yacht Sales.The French-built...

Monday, 19 August 2013 13:07

The first example of Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 52 on North America’s west coast is berthed just off the seafront walkway in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Her shippy good looks – a clean, contemporary...

Monday, 11 March 2013 14:45

Darned clever those Beneteau people! Rather than just showing their Swift 34 at boat shows or in ads, the company rigged out a boat, named it “The Greatest Loop” and sent it on a 5,137 nautical mile...

 

 

2022 Sea-Doo SwitchSea-Doo’s all-new Switch marries the performance of a personal watercraft with the versatility of a pontoon boat to create what might just be the perfect entry-level watercraft for young families.

If there’s one thing that’s been a constant throughout BRP’s colourful history, it’s a penchant for stepping outside the box and coming up with what turn out to be ground-breaking innovations. The company that was created around the invention of the snowmobile – and furthered by the invention of the jet-propelled personal watercraft – has never been afraid to adopt revolutionary approaches to what it sees as new opportunities. 

Read More

Destinations

  • Prev
A holiday often is defined by the experiences we make in unique and beautiful settings. But what ...
St Vincent and the Grenadines is open to tourists and Horizon Yacht Charters are looking forward to ...
Over the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova ...
The new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming ...
Commemorating 100 (+1) years of through-navigation on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic ...
On Friday, April 2 at 7 pm ET on TVO and streaming anytime after that on tvo.org and the TVO ...
Salt Spring Island, the largest among the Gulf Islands, has a certain mystique—much of it having to ...
Located in Lake Huron, the internationally significant Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater ...
In Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were ...
You likely aren’t quite ready to travel yet, but we have our fingers crossed that we can all fly ...

Horizon GregSt Vincent and the Grenadines is open to tourists and Horizon Yacht Charters are looking forward to welcoming our Canadian friends, old and new! You can fly from various locations in Canada via Barbados and then to St Vincent on InterCaribbean Airways or FlyOne and there are direct flights from Toronto with Air Canada on Mondays. With no quarantine for vaccinated visitors, it is easy to come and sail in the stunning Grenadines Island chain.

Horizon reports “We have new yachts joining our fleet in St Vincent this season including the stunning Fountaine Pajot Elba 45 Batamaran and a handsome Jeanneau 591 Molly Too”...

Read More

Lifestyle

  • Prev
We have had Christmas tree photos in years past, but this topper says it all. Like the traditional ...
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club announces the appointment of two new directors to the senior team – ...
Photograph taken on Sept 15 while drifting home after the last Wednesday evening race at Collins ...
On the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, fourteen exceptional sailors were inducted into the Canadian ...
My husband and I purchased this beauty in Gananoque two weeks ago and boated it from there across ...
Last issue we featured a story about the engagement proposal aboard Via-Mara, a 1969 Trojan 42 Aft ...
With thanks to Sail Canada, here’s a collection of photos that are Olympic quality. Clearly our ...
Wow. That was a lot of fun reading the collection of boat names that came in from all over the ...
No individual had a greater impact on the modern sport of sailing than Bruce Kirby. Known and ...
Just off The Ocean Race European Tour, Daniel is setting his sights on competing in The Ocean Race ...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
This series deals with basic DC boat wiring concepts. From various articles and posts I see, and ...
Rarely have I seen a boat that is bought brand new and continues to look like it rolled off the ...
Most of us are familiar with the tried-and-true 12V lead-acid batteries that have been found in ...
It can easily be argued that an engine is the heart of the boat: it is the single most important ...
Once our boat comes out of the water, I take the annual fall tour of the hull so I can determine ...
Fibreglass boats take a lot of maintenance. Their appeal, half a century ago was their ‘maintenance ...
Last issue, The Boat Nerd, Mike Wheatstone, introduced us to lithium batteries and explained why ...
What is my interest in Lithium batteries? We spend three months of the winter on our Leopard43 ...
Finding the right PFD can seem like a daunting task and extends beyond finding one that fits and ...
If chartering is something you’ve been dreaming about, this series is really for you. BUT be ...

Volvo Penta 130 and 150 SaildrivesOnce our boat comes out of the water, I take the annual fall tour of the hull so I can determine what to worry about all winter. The first thing I note is that the sacrificial anode I had intended to replace prior to launch last spring remains un-replaced.


I recall, as I look blankly at it, that my plan was to attach a brand new anode that I got from the previous owner many years ago, but when I removed it from its packaging, it was clear it wasn’t the correct match for my drive. Perhaps that’s why he hadn’t installed it. And why I went no further.

Read More

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
Wrapped in hand-stitched marine-grade synthetic leather, Torcello Elite from Schmitt & Ongaro ...
Another innovative alternative boatbuilder is in the news. A venture capital arm is taking a stake ...
There was lots of time for gathering nautical reads, but perhaps you missed a few. The bookworms at ...
Invented in Argentina, CAPRIA has introduced a PWC Launcher to its range of drystack facility ...
Scheduled for Winter 2022-2023, Canadian Yachting Media is pleased to announce the upcoming release ...
The new Navigator Binoculars take Steiner's marine series to the next level with innovative product ...
The annual Canadian Yachting December issue is back and bursting with exciting stories, boat ...
When strolling the docks of almost any busy marina, a cruiser will see satellite domes atop boats ...
You can do all your holiday shopping at once – your boating friends will unwrap their nautical ...
Constant exposure to sunshine, rain, tree sap, bird droppings and dirt can make even the most ...

News

  • Prev
On December 8, Mayor John Tory, and Toronto City Councillor Paula Fletcher marked the arrival of a ...
In the February edition of Canadian Yachting magazine, Katherine Stone and her crew head out on a ...
In light of the Friday, December 17 announcement by the Provincial Health Office restricting ...
Last Thursday evening, the Toronto International Boat Show (TIBS) has announced that the annual ...
North Vancouver’s Burrard Yacht Club and West Vancouver’s Hollyburn Sailing Club are the newest ...
The new Dufour 32 has been developed in the same spirit as all the latest models in the Dufour ...
Sail Canada and Canadian Yachting Media will join forces to reach and connect more members of the ...
On November 22, General Motors announced it has acquired a 25 percent ownership stake in Pure ...
Bavaria Yachts is adding another model to its successful SR-LINE. The Bavaria SR36 will make its ...
On November 21 Canadian sailing sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from Chester, NS, took ...

Burrard Yacht ClubNorth Vancouver’s Burrard Yacht Club and West Vancouver’s Hollyburn Sailing Club are the newest certified members of Clean Marine BC, Georgia Strait Alliance’s eco-certification program that supports recreational boating facilities to reduce the impact of their operations on Burrard Inlet, the Salish Sea and beyond.


Clean Marine BC works with boating facilities to implement and improve environmental best practices for marinas, boat yards, yacht and sailing clubs, fuel docks and harbour authorities, and recognizes them for these efforts. 

Read More