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Azimut’s New Magellano Flagship Puts the Romance Into Travel

The Italian builder’s new models in 2022 include the new Magellano 30M, with designers Ken Freivokh and Vincenzo De Cotiis taking their work to a new scale.

Nov 22, 2022 | By John Higginson
The new Magellano 30M is the series flagship

Azimut’s new Magellano 30M reunites Ken Freivokh and Vincenzo De Cotiis following their design collaboration on the Magellano 25M, which was launched in 2020 and had its Asia debut in Hong Kong in mid-2021 through Azimut Yachts Hong Kong, a branch of dealer Marine Italia.

Deemed one of Azimut’s most important series by company founder Paolo Vitelli, the Magellano line was conceived in 2007, inspired by the culture of trawlers designed for long-range voyages but interpreted with a contemporary twist.

Ken Freivokh designed the exterior

The new Magellano superyachts meet the needs of owner who love “travel and discovery”, with two speed modes, the latest-generation high-efficiency hull and a sophisticated design outside and in. And the Magellano 30M takes it to a new scale, with an overall length of 29.7m (97ft 6in), a beam of 7.1m and a full-load draft of 2.05m (6ft 8in).

The Dual Mode hull by P.L. Ausonio Naval Architecture (P.L.A.N.A.) and Azimut’s R&D Department is optimised to perform efficiently at both lower speeds and planing at higher speeds, with the Magellano 30M reaching up to 20 knots with twin 1,550hp MAN engines.

The foredeck area is on the upper deck

Freivokh, who has vast experience in both sailing and motor yachts, oversaw the concept and exterior design. Working with a hull featuring impressive volumes, the UK-based American created a sleek superstructure, the distinguishing feature of this crossover coupe, while the elegant lateral teak louvres have become the brand’s signature.

Other key features include the vertical bow, the imposing hull sides and the protected walkways running alongside extensive glazed surfaces — over 70sqm — through which light pours into every interior setting.

Clear views from the cockpit or ‘infinity terrace’

De Cotiis, an architect and designer whose work features in the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, made his yachting debut with the Magellano 25M and the Italian returns with another luxurious interior based on irregular geometries.

For the first time on a yacht this size, the main deck offers a 270-degree view of the sea, also a tribute to the engineering work by Azimut’s Technical Office, which designed a low-profile ventilation system to ensure uninterrupted views.

De Cotiis has designed another distinct interior

De Cotiis designed the furnishings to be half height, to allow full view of the sea and sky. The same focus is also found in the cockpit seating, designed to allow the eyes to roam the horizon beyond the infinity terrace and its transparent parapet.

Aft view of the dining area and saloon

The single helm station is located on the upper deck, leaving space on the main deck for the generous lounge flooded with natural light, plus the full-beam owner’s suite with floor-to-ceiling windows.

De Cotiis again works with ‘artistic fibreglass’

In the saloon, guests are not only captured by the asymmetric layout and geometries but also De Cotiis’ material of choice: artistic fibreglass. A construction material for Azimut is an aesthetic resource for the visionary designer, with lamination and the injection of powders and colours turning it into a precious material.

Entrance to the owner’s suite

The spacious saloon is yet another expression of the Magellano’s philosophy of conviviality, with sofas suggesting rhythm and flow while separating the living zone from the lunch area and the central bar and seating unit.

The owner’s suite features full-height windows

Forward on the main deck, mirror-clad cupboards and Cipollino marble-framed portholes make the entrance to the airy owner’s suite one of the most striking corners of the yacht, where full-height windows and a hanging vanity top provide a privileged and private view of the sea.

The flybridge aft of the sky lounge

A stairway leads up to the interior sky lounge and out through aft doors to the stern terrace, which has a sheltered dining zone with a relaxation corner, an American bar with sea view, and a sun pad.

This article first appeared on Yacht Style.

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