The storage throughout the Azimut Magellano 66 is exceptional – if you need any more, you should probably buy a support vessel
The Azimut Magellano 66 is aimed squarely at the new market that has emerged for trawlers with more contemporary styling.
The modern exterior styling is by Cor D Rover, while Azimut and Pierluigi Ausonio were responsible for the dual mode hull – different from preceding Magellano hulls in that it sports two chines and is less rounded than previous forms.
If the intention of the Magellano 66 was to bridge the gap between so called ‘serious’ trawlers from the likes of Grand Banks and Fleming, and the more avant-garde trawlers from the high volume production builders, then the Italian company has succeeded brilliantly.
First rate engineering and construction underpins the 66’s serious side, while the fashionable (although slightly too subdued for my tastes) walnut interior feels far removed from the styling inside the more venerable rivals.
What really sets the 66 apart though, and makes it a serious long distance contender or a great holiday home in equal measure, is the boat’s spectacular level of storage inside and out.
It would take a whole report’s worth of words to list it all, but suffice to say that every nook and cranny has been utilised, and whatever deck locker or wardrobe or drawer you delve into, it’s invariably larger than you might have hoped.
Fuel for thought
In an effort to standardise the engineering installation, Azimut likes to stick with a single engine option, in this case Volvo’s D13 800hp diesels.
Those pushed our lightly loaded Magellano 66 to 23 knots, so don’t anticipate any more. More importantly, its sturdily constructed dual mode hull is happy to cruise at any speed from 10 knots through to 20 knots.
The surprise was finding that the hull is so fuel efficient throughout the range. So at 9 knots, say, it burnt 23% less fuel than a full displacement Nordhavn 63, yet at its 18 knot fast cruising speed it also consumed 20% less fuel than a deep-vee Fairline Squadron 65 does at the same speed.
That’s great news because it allows owners to slow to a crawl for long distance cruising (circa 1,000 miles @ 9kn) but also to nip along fast enough to ignore adverse tides and a strong headwind.
Contact Azimut Yachts London. Tel: +44 (0)207 952 6393 Web: www.azimutyachts.com
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- Exceptionally good deck stowage
- Hull is fuel efficient at all speeds
- Impressive engineering & construction
- Unusually good stowage inside
- Very roomy engineroom
- Crewed & owner-skippered versions
- Only one choice of timber
- Galley location won’t suit everyone
Price as reviewed:
£2,100,000 for Euros ex VAT
Overflowing with stowage inside and out, sturdily built and well engineered, fuel efficient at all speeds – but glamorous with it, the Magellano 66 will satisfy long distance cruisers and image conscious motor boaters alike
Length: 66ft 1in (20.15m)
Beam: 17ft 10in (5.44m)
Fuel capacity: 990 imp gal (4,500 litres)
Water capacity: 220 imp gal (1,000 litres)
Draught: 5ft 6in (1.67m)
RCD: A (14 people)
Displacement: 37.5 tonnes (empty)
Test engines: Twin Volvo Penta D13 800hp
Top speed: 23.3 knots
Cruising speed: 10-20 knots