Azimut Magellano 25 Metri review: Art on Water



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Azimut Magellano 25 Metri combines classical good looks, masterfully designed interiors and latest generation technology the likes of which have never been seen on a yacht this size, showcasing exactly what her Italian builder is capable of

When British designer Ken Freivokh designed the first modern navetta in 2009, no one could have imagined how popular this type of vessel, which today can be classified as a ‘crossover yachts’ (or marine SUV), would become – and that first navetta was the first yacht from Azimut Magellano series, the 74.

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri
Azimut Magellano 25 Metri can accommodate up to 10 guests across five cabins

It is not surprising that the Italian builder has invited Freivokh to work with them again, this time to design the model of the Magellano line. As the designer himself said in front of an international audience in Portofino, he managed to create a balanced yacht destined to become a future classic.

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri design

Harmonious proportions, a raised bow and a charming stern give the new Azimut Magellano 25 Metri the feel of a real little explorer, and Freivokh has once again proven himself to be a designer who can do sailboats and motor yachts equally well. This charming hybrid vessel has glossy lacquered wooden elements in outdoor spaces that enhance the exceptional warmth of her exterior. Even if you don’t make it past the stern, you’ll notice the exterior is something else, especially the small salon on the upper deck.

Magellano 25 Metri exterior
Azimut Magellano 25 Metri boasts levels of onboard comfort that you would normally only find in much larger yachts

On the other hand, Azimut didn’t stop at improving the exterior design alone, so they invited Italian artist Vincenzo De Cotiis, who offered an interpretation of a yacht interior that doesn’t merely read as interior design, but art. Azimut technical team played a key role in selecting among the artist’s ideas those that can be implemented in yachting.

Artistic fibreglass

Interestingly, De Cotiis started using fibreglass as a design element just before he collaborated with Azimut, so for the first time in the history of boat building, there is such a thing as an ‘artistic fibreglass’, a material so finely made it rivals precious jewels.

Layers of fibreglass are mixed in different ratios with copper dust, which gives it a golden hue. The materials were implemented throughout the salon in different forms, most interestingly to create decorative coffee tables with a designer look, but that is just one detail among all the amazing work of the designer throughout the yacht.

Outside areas provide the feeling of a penthouse overlooking the sea

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri interior

De Cotiis was guided by the idea of an unobstructed view along the main deck, with plenty of natural light and the use of mirrors to play up the light level in the salon. The result is transparency, both natural and created: wherever you look, you see the surroundings of the yacht.

As we set sail for a sea trial in Viareggio one afternoon, during the golden hour, we witnessed the magic light spectacle imagined by De Cotiis first-hand. On the other hand, the whole design is flowy, floating from the bow to the stern without any sharp edges or any other objects that would bother the view, which complements the light play.

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri salon
Salon is designed to offer a view of the sea from any point

The entire main deck of the Azimut Magellano 25 Metri has been converted into an open salon with artistically and skillfully designed sofas – again, with no hard edges on any side – and a long, longitudinally placed dining table. And that’s all there is, literally. The designer’s explanation for such boldness is that yachts aren’t houses, nor should they try and copy them in form and function. They are marine environment dwellers and should be enjoyed as such. Of course, that’s not all there is to it, as the materials used emphasize contact with nature, not only in colour but also in texture.

The dining table was made from a special type of marble, Verde Alpi, very textured and nice to touch, side panels covered in wooden plates with prominent grooves, the floor covered in an artificial material reminiscent of reed. The interior is dominated by light tones, with brassy, glossy touches, pastel and gold. This isn’t the only option as future owners can opt for a more modern look while retaining the bold architecture of the space.

Italian Yacht Interior
Ken Freivokh offers his own personal take on exterior styling based on the concept of timelessness

The bulkhead opens towards the bow, allowing access to the galley, and with the bulkhead open, you can look all the way from the stern cockpit through the front windows, or in the other direction. There are no support pillars in the salon, which gives the feeling of standing in the middle of a living room of a classy designer penthouse.

Placing the galley in the bow also allowed for placing all the crew spaces in one place, meaning the crew doesn’t have to enter any other part of the yacht, as crew cabins are in the bow and the crew galley has access to the deck. All in all, we have not seen a yacht following this concept yet.

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri layout

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri owner’s suite
Azimut Magellano 25 Metri owner’s suite

Below deck, there are four very comfortable cabins boasting impressive volume, result of Freivokh’s unconventional thinking. Cabins are extremely comfortable and stylish, with numerous details designed exclusively for this model by De Cotiis, like the round mirrors with brass frames, that attract the eye as soon as you step below deck. We also noticed a detail in the wheelhouse (in the raised pilothouse version), accessible by a lovely staircase: a small sliding bed ready to use for naps during night navigation.

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Exiting the wheelhouse, we found ourselves on the upper deck. Astern, we found the aforementioned cosy salon with views over the stern. The central area with a small bar and a large dining table is covered with a hardtop (with a sliding middle part), and there is another wheelhouse on the bow.

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri range

In navigation, we confirmed everything the skipper – who has spent this last summer cruising on this yacht in Italy – has said: consumption of 550 litres of fuel per hour at maximum speed, 350 litres at cruising speed, and only 100 litres per hour at 12 knots. According to the skipper, this summer the yacht had no issue sailing with wind up to 30 knots. As befits a true explorer, there is an additional lounge outdoor space on the bow, especially attractive at night, when decorative fixtures emit a cosy glow. We can only imagine how lovely this space is in cosy marinas.

The all-new Azimut Magellano 25 Metri was built with abundant use of carbon fibre, it has new batteries that allow spending a whole night at sea without the use of generators, and with special attention paid to comfort. The master cabin was built on rubber bearings that reduce vibration (Azimut call this a floating capsule), while the engine buckle has special rubber bearings that also reduce the transmission of vibrations. The only vibrations you’ll feel after getting to know the new member of the Magellano series are good vibrations.

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri specifications

LOA: 25,22 m
Beam: 6,35 m
Draft: 1,90 m
Displacement: 85,8 t
Engines: 2 x 1400 hp MAN V12
Top speed: 25 knots
Cruising speed: 18 knots
Fuel capacity: 8000 l
Water capacity: 1500 l
Exterior design: Ken Freivokh
Interior design: Vincenzo De Cotiis
Builder: Azimut Yachts
Dealer: Navis Marine

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