on 29 Jun 2021
Take an established luxury yacht builder, give one of their latest projects to an artist and the result is the Azimut Magellano 25 Metri
The magic of modern boat-building materials such as fibreglass, and more recently carbon fibre, is that they are incredibly elastic building materials. While millennia-old convention dictates the external shape of a boat – boat length, chines and rocker will all affect performance – the interior of a boat is still anyone’s game.
To this end, Azimut has taken their latest iteration of its successful Magellano series, the Magellano 25 Metri, and given it to designer and architect Vincenzo De Cotiis to come up with an arresting interior solution.
The result will not disappoint a market that is increasingly demanding chic and unusual interiors in motor yachts. The partnership with De Cotiis – a designer as well as a collector – was born of the brand’s need to create a yacht that was a work of art in its own right.
It’s not surprising then that one of De Cotiis’s favourite materials is fibreglass; a key point of contact between the designer and the exterior designer Ken Freivokh, now well-known for his chic and sophisticated exterior lines.
Fibreglass on this yacht is given a new lease of life – in particular the use of epoxy resin shot through with bronze powder – to create a relaxing parchment effect throughout the interiors.
The beauty of this material is that it can stretch around and encompass the wood, marble and brass to create the flowing shapes that complement so beautifully the natural light that floods through this spacious vessel.
This is a yacht designed for relaxed, long-range cruising in maximum comfort.
When stepping aboard the vessel, the size of the cockpit is striking along with the longitudinal layout. The all-wood table can be raised and lowered to transform a coffee table into a dining table.
The transom area opens up to reveal a transparent glass balustrade creating the effect of an infinity terrace over the sea. The spiral staircase recalls some of the larger yachts that Ken Freivokh has designed.
The side decks on this iteration of Azimut’s Magellano class are comfortably wide and are well protected by the high bulwarks. The foredeck space can be used as a lounging or sunbathing area.
Fibreglass on this yacht is given a new lease of life – in particular the use of epoxy resin shot through with
bronze powder – to create a relaxing parchment effect throughout the interiors
The flybridge aft offers a living area fitted with furnishings all custom-designed by de Cotiis featuring a dining table that is large with a slightly off-centre effect; this dining space is artistic, commodious and friendly all at the same time.
The bar area is what you’d expect from Azimut – a good size, as well as functional – and all the furniture units on the side of the dining area contain ample storage as well as a pop-up TV.
It’s the saloon on the main deck, however, where de Cotiis’s styling comes into its own: here he strives to increase the perception of depth while offering a view of the sea from any point.
Breaking the boundaries of the classic rectangular floorplan is what this designer does best and the layout – which features different shaped sofas with different depths – reflects this by echoing organic geometry.
Still on the main deck and the stairway is clad with mirrors to “dematerialise” the structure by reflecting the light.
In the accommodation area on the lower deck there are four cabins. In the owner’s suite, thanks to the inclined position of the walk-in closet, the space extends outwards while the mirrored cladding – again designed to reflect the light – makes the volumes disappear and, with the light reflected off the sea, creates ever-changing optical effects.
Breaking the boundaries of the classic rectangular floorplan is what this designer does best and the layout reflects this by echoing organic geometry
The washbasin area in this cabin has been left exposed, making an architectural feature of what would normally be tucked away in the washroom. All the fabrics onboard are from renowned textile house Loro Piana Interiors.
The attention to the crew areas also sets this yacht apart from its rivals, making it perfect for long stays on board. The crew quarters are totally independent with direct access to the forward galley to avoid interference with guest movements as well as ensuring a high degree of privacy.
Between the lounge and the small forward dinette there is a double door covered in mirrors. Depending on the situation it can be closed providing a dedicated crew area with a comfortable crew mess, access to the galley and the comfortable crew cabins forward.
Leaving the door open instead provides a breathtaking view of the horizon.
In the interior wheelhouse, the accompanying corner sofa slides electrically when you want to use it as a co-pilot seat during navigation.
The Magellano is one of the few yachts in its category to have direct access from the interior wheelhouse to the wheelhouse on the flydeck, facilitating the work of the captain and crew.
Technical features include Hotel Mode – an ingenious and innovative way of enjoying life at anchor – as well as the ‘Bcool’ aeration system designed by Nasa.
While in Hotel Mode on board systems are fed by dedicated lithium ion battery packs in lieu of generators for up to 6 hours during the day and up to 8 hours at night, when the electrical power need of the yacht naturally decreases.
The Magellano 25 Metri is one of the few yachts in its category to have direct access from the interior wheelhouse to the one on the flydeck, facilitating the work of the captain and crew
The Bcool system, meanwhile, ensures constant and thorough air circulation and sanitation on board yachts, together with full air exchange, regulating the air temperature and humidity levels for maximum cabin comfort.
In terms of exterior design and naval architecture, Azimut says the new Dual Mode Hull is “smooth and unslammable” and ensures comfortable navigation and excellent seakeeping even in moderate sea conditions.
The upper chine provides a larger beam at low speed, assuring excellent dynamic stability while, at higher speed, the flow separates from the lower chine which is shaped for least resistance, thus reducing the friction and increasing range and fuel efficiency.
From elastic and flexible couplings connecting the engines and inverters to acoustic floating solutions for the floor, walls and ceiling of the owner’s suite, the emphasis is on keeping noise and vibrations to an absolute minimum.
Comfort and, above all silence, are part of the DNA of Azimut and the Magellano 25 Metri is no exception.
Technical specifications: Azimut Magellano 25 Metri
DRAUGHT: 1.90 m
DISPLACEMENT: 85.8 t
ENGINES: Standard: 2 x 1.400 hp MAN V12
MAX SPEED: 25KTS
CRUISE SPEED: 21KTS
FUEL CAPACITY: 8.000 l
WATER CAPACITY: 1.500 l
CABINS: 4 + 2 crew
BERTHS: 8 + 3 crew
HEADS: 5 +2 crew
MATERIALS: Carbon Fibre + GRP
BUILDER: Azimut Yachts
EXTERIOR DESIGNER: Ken Freivokh
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Vincenzo De Cotiis
HULL DESIGNER: Pierluigi Ausonio’s Studio Piana