Azimut Magellano 76
Walking up to the Magellano 76 dockside, you might see the plumb bow and think that this boat will push through the seas. Then you’ll see the wooden steering wheel on the flying bridge and think this boat’s traditional. They’re fair observations but after a sea trial in South Florida, we learned both assumptions were dead wrong.
If you’re looking for that trademark dark-wood, small-window trawler interior on this cruising boat, look elsewhere. All Magellanos display the distinctive Italian design panache you’ve come to expect from Azimut-Benetti. The 76 has a particularly pleasing design motif, with extensive use of caneletto (Italian walnut) set off by black and white accents. Together with extensive glass on the main deck and large side windows on the lower deck, the result is a bright, airy interior that is nothing like that of a traditional displacement cruiser.
On the main deck there are two helm seats; abaft them a starboard U-shaped couch that can accommodate three couples. The portside dining table seats eight while the cockpit dining table can accommodate six; there’s another eight-person dining table on the bridge. Fully aft and to starboard, the galley is U-shaped for safety underway and positioned to easily serve both interior and cockpit dining areas. Below, everyone enjoys a comfortable place to sleep and their own head thanks to the four-stateroom layout: amidships, full-beam master, forepeak VIP, portside bunk room, and starboard twin-berth stateroom. The full-beam crew’s quarters aft of the engine room and forward of the lazarette can double as a fifth stateroom.
Like most Azimuts, the 76 employs a combination of relatively conventional FRP construction using uni- and multi-directional fabrics as dictated by stress loads. Proprietary resins ensure a flawless gelcoat finish with no print-through, and the wetted areas of the hull are protected by an anti-osmotic exterior coat. Extensive acoustical insulation throughout, but particularly in the engine room, result in low interior sound levels. We measured just 70 decibelsat the lower helm.
The engine room shows how serious Azimut is about cruising. In particular, the fuel system emphasizes that most admirable of cruising-boat characteristics, simplicity. There is but one large main fuel tank, forward of the engine room where it provides an acoustical barrier for the lower-deck accommodations and where changes in fuel load will impact running angles minimally. This tank feeds a day tank, resulting in a gravity-fed system that requires no intervention under normal circumstances. However electric and manual transfer pumps are installed just in case. Also part of the construction is an emergency bilge-pumping system with intakes in each stateroom and a 220-volt suction pump in the engine room. An Excelsior No. 5 manual pump mounted by the engine room door provides backup.
Like her other three sisterships, the 76 uses Azimut’s proprietary Semidisplacement Dual Mode hull. Designed to combine the seakindliness of a displacement vessel with the speed of a planing boat, it allowed our 76 to easily handle the large swells we encountered. Yet our test boat made nearly 22 knots with no noticeable compromise in comfort. This performance was not due entirely to the hullform however. A Seakeeper 26 gyro stabilizer significantly reduced roll and seemed to bring out the best of the Dual Mode hull.
The Dual Mode Hull and the Seakeeper gyro create a synergy that maximizes the 76’s cruising ability, but they’re only part of the story. Range is important in a cruising boat, and while our 76’s fuel efficiency was by no means comparable to that of a displacement vessel it was well above that of a similar planing vessel. A generous fuel tankage of a little less than 2,000 gallons gives the 76 a range of 414 nautical miles at 16.7 knots, while maintaining a displacement-class range of 1,605 nm at her optimum theoretical displacement hull speed of 9.0 knots. So in terms of fuel efficiency and range, the 76 backs up her claim to dual mode operation.
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: 132,000 lbs. (full load)
: 1,981 gal.
: 369 gal.
: 2/1,000-hp MAN V8 diesel inboards