Azimut Yachts Magellano 25, yachting art

The Magellano 25 is an elegant and efficient motoryacht, with interiors designed by Vincenzo De Cotiis, who has managed to instil unusual charm in the model. The exterior lines have been designed by Ken Freivokh, the same man who created the first model in the range, the Magellano 74, a decade ago

by Maria Roberta Morso

THE MAGELLANO COLLECTION HAS FOUND FAVOUR WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF OWNERS, and the yard has decided to extend it further still. With the Magellano series, Azimut spotted a niche in the market in 2009 for yachts designed to stay at sea a long time in complete calm. The name of the range was itself chosen to suggest long voyages, to destinations which aren’t exactly around the corner. Ken Freivokh, who interpreted the spirit of the project, gave the first Magellano 74 strong, enveloping lines which, by being compact, echoed the yacht’s solidity and dependability. Just what an owner wants when they push on beyond the most-travelled routes. Over the years, the collection has evolved, while keeping the original spirit thanks to the work of another heavyweight designer, Dutchman Cor D. Rover.

The Magellano collection currently covers four models: from the smallest, the Magellano 43, a distillation of the characteristics of the range, to the 53 and the 66, and up to the Magellano 25 which, for the moment holds the role of the flagship to the range. Work on creating a larger model, the Magellano 30, has recently been announced. Up till now, four units of the Magellano 25 have been produced, of which three are seaworthy, and the other is being finished in the Azimut facilities at Avigliana. The yacht comes with an eye-catching grey/bronze livery on the hull, a white superstructure enriched with teak flabellums and finished off with an imposing carbon-fibre hardtop. However, if required the hull can flaunt other colours.

De Cotiis has worked to grow the perception of the depth of space in the lounge so that you can see the sea from almost any point while surrounded by natural light.

As we said, Azimut has asked Freivokh to renew the range, and even the name of the model has a new touch: from indicating the size in feet, they have moved on to doing so in metres. Perhaps that is a sign of a new commercial strategy that focuses on European markets. But that is an assumption. Whereas we can say with certainty that the new Magellano is a comfortable and welcoming 25-metre yacht. The decision to entrust the development of the interiors to Vincenzo De Cotiis is a further indication of a desire to constantly update which is a feature of the brand.

Artificial light has been designed as a key aspect thanks to a lighting system that can create a soft and warm atmosphere. As well as the lamps and classic ceiling spotlights, the artist has carried out a careful light design job which also involves the lower part of the sofas, to stress the “suspended” effect of the furnishings.

The elegant spiral staircase leads to the flybridge, where the hardtop is supported by a central mast with a minimal form.

Exteriors

«The Magellano 25 has imposing but very fluid, lines with curves which make the profile softer», Federico Lantero, Product Marketing and Communication Director, says. Once we were on board, he explained the project and provided all of the information while we tried it out on the water. With a nearly vertical bow, rounded lines and large windows, the exteriors of the Magellano 25 are an advanced indication of the space and light in the interior. The bridge is on a half deck and leaves room to the main deck below it, providing excellent visibility at the helm.

Large windows and the low sides mean guests can enjoy a panoramic view even when comfortably sitting on the sofas in the lounge. Going forward from around midships, the sides, which are topped by a nice teak handrail, rise up and make getting from stern to bow safer.

The Magellano 25 Metri is a yacht born from the partnership with Vincenzo De Cotiis, an internationally renowned artist and architect who has designed the interiors of the boat in line with his unmistakable visual language, and Ken Freivokh, who has created some external lines that have a chic taste and timeless elegance.

Reaching the bow, a comfortable conversation or sunbathing area can be shaded by an awning during the hottest part of the day, while in the evening beautiful pop-up lights create a very evocative atmosphere. As well as housing the anchor, during slow voyages, this is a magnificent place from which to enjoy the view. Right at the other end of the boat, the cockpit is wide and panoramic, with two sofas facing each other, which are at right angles to the transom. They have a folding table, which raises and folds out to become an excellent dining table. The transparent sides in the stern give a beautiful, unimpeded view across the sea. Privacy is ensured by a sliding curtain, which comes down from the overhang of the upper deck and stops people looking in when the yacht is moored to stern in a crowded marina. To port, a spiral staircase with cantilevered steps leads to the flybridge.

A pair of armchairs with tables and a large bar top with stools welcome the guests on this top deck. Protected and shaded by the hardtop, the lunch area has a beautiful table for eight. The outdoor steering position, which is fitted with a pair of Raymarine screens, is to port, while you can get down to the main bridge from the middle. On the left of the bridge is one of the most fun things in the yacht: a small sofa on the side that can slide across to the middle of the bridge, and thus closing the stairwell that connects to the main deck, and providing a privileged position to anybody who wants to give the helmsman some company.

The garage on the lower deck houses a tender of around four metres. When the yacht is stationary, the stern platform goes below water level and the tender slips into the sea. The platform is accessible from two symmetrical ladders. Below the starboard one is the entrance to the engine room, which is compact but functional. Water toys can be kept in the small storage space at the door, or, upon request, a bank of lithium batteries, which generate 75kW/h, enough to power the onboard devices during the day, and up to eight hours at night.

Interiors

De Cotiis is a renowned architect, artist and designer, and the interiors of the Magellano 25 were his debut in the world of yachting. His fresh approach and artistic vision can be seen in a general atmosphere that he has been able to impose on the project. The two-tone colour scheme – pure white and blue/green tending to grey – creates pleasantly sophisticated environments that have been enriched with details in shiny copper. Works of art by De Cotiis, including trays and decorated panels, embellish the furnishings while mirrors that cover entire walls give the feeling of a much larger space, and increase luminosity in the rooms.

De Cotiis has worked on a special kind of resin using an elaborate artisanal process that is the product of various stratifications and which is embellished by bronze dust, giving rise to parchment-coloured surfaces, featuring a pleasant cloudy effect and embedded parts that in some ways recall those of some precious gems.

Vincenzo De Cotiis has designed all of the furniture, a lot of which – such as the tables in the lounge – are made in what the artist calls ‘artistic glass fibre’. It is a stratified glass fibre containing powdered bronze, which creates beautiful shades on the surfaces. The same material has been used for the shelves of the furniture and the window frames below decks. The way the spaces have been distributed has been well done, as both guests and crew have comfortable and functional areas. From the port side in the lounge, you move through to a dinette, which opens on the kitchen in the bow. It is well equipped, with a full range of appliances, fridges and freezers needed for a long voyage without too many intermediate stops.

The fibreglass has been brought together with brushed Verde Alpi marble, dark walnut, parquet, shiny bronze, lacquered wood and grosgrain wood, creating an undeniably fascinating play of contrasts. The furniture features fluid shapes that bring a feeling of continuity, thanks to a series of uninterrupted curved lines.
On the lower deck, there are four accommodation cabins, including two VIP rooms, one double and one with sliding beds. In the master suite, you get the feeling that the area extends because of the sloping position of the walk-in cupboard, while the mirrored surfaces make volumes disappear and reflects the light and the starboard view, creating very evocative, changing optical effects. All of the textiles on board are by Loro Piana Interiors.

From the galley, you go down to the crew quarters, which are made up of a cabin for the captain and another with bunk beds for two crew members. The two cabins share a bathroom with a shower. On the opposite side of the lounge, to starboard, there is the staircase that leads to the guest cabins.
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elow decks, there are four cabins, two large VIP ones, a double and a large master bedroom. Since this cabin is next to the engine room, various measures were deployed to contain sound and vibration. The floor and ceiling are floating, meaning that they are not strongly fixed to the main structure, and sound-absorbing material has been used to further reduce the spread of vibrations and sound produced from the engine room. We were witness to the fact that when underway at high speed, there was very little noise in the cabin. All of the cabins have bathrooms finished with natural marble, whose colour and veining are reflected in the artificial marble, which is light and stain resistant, that is used on the main deck – for example on the custom-made tabletop.

«The cooperation between Azimut Yachts and Vincenzo De Cotiis Architects marks an important step in the onboard design evolution. It has created a very original expressive language, refined and with a strong character». Giovanna Vitelli

Performance and technical data

The yacht, thanks to the dual-mode hull designed by Pierluigi Ausonio, provides the advantages of a displacement hull combined with those of a planing hull. Its shape means that you can move from displacement to planning upon increasing the speed at around sixteen knots. Stability is enhanced by Humphree stabiliser fins, while the trim – at all speeds – is controlled by interceptors, again from Humphree. Worth noting amongst the technologically advanced devices is the air purification system that is based on a principle that has been studied by NASA. The system, which has been developed by BCool and is known by the acronym MMVS (Marine Mechanical Ventilation System) uses the principle of photocatalytic oxidation. The air is changed every hour and has germs, mould and any polluting agent removed. The air conditioning system works independently of the MMVS, which is offered as an optional.

Power comes from a pair of MAN engines developing 1,400 horsepower, or 1,550, with V-Drive straight-shaft transmission. Stabilisation comes from the Humphree electric fin system. The top speed is around 25 knots, with optimum cruising at 21 knots.

AZIMUT YACHTS
Via Martin Luther King, 9/11
I-10051 Avigliana (TO)
T. +39 011 93161
www.azimutyachts.com

PROJECT: Ken Freivokh (exterior), Vincenzo De Cotiis (interior), Azimut Yachts Technical Department and Pierluigi Ausonio’s Studio Piana (naval architecture)

HULL: LOA 25.22m Beam 6.35m Draft, max (incl. skeg) 1.90 m Full mass displacement 85,000 kg Fuel tank volume 8,000 l Water tank volume 1,500 l Building material Carbon Fiber + GRP Cabins 4 + 2 crew Berths 8 + 3 crew

MAIN PROPULSION: 2 MAN Outlet mechanical power 1,029 kW (1,400 hp) 12 cylinders V

EC CERTIFICATION: CAT A

(Azimut Yachts Magellano 25, yachting art – Barchemagazine.com – July 2021)