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Azimut Magellano 53

CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TEST

Air temperature: 68°F; humidity: 49%; seas: 1-2'

LOAD DURING BOAT TEST

395 gal. fuel, 90 gal. water, 6 persons, 250 lb. gear.

TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS

Test Engine: 2/500-hp Cummins QSC 8.3s

Transmission/Ratio: ZF 286 IV, 2.539:1 gear ratio

Props: 2 x 27 4-blade NiBrAl

Price as Tested: $1,650,000 (approx.)

The Numbers

Azimut Magellano 53 - Final Boat Test Numbers:
RPM KNOTS GPH RANGE dB(A)
900 6.6 2.38 2,108 57
1200 8.1 5.78 1,065 62
1500 9.6 13.07 559 65
1800 12.2 22.27 417 67
2100 15.6 31.65 375 72
2250 20.3 42.01 368 72
2350 23.9 50.8 358 74
Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Raymarine GPS. GPH taken via Cummins display. Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.
Sound levels measured at helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT

NOTEWORTHY OPTIONS: Raymarine electronics: E165 plotters, 4kW HD open array antenna, i70 display, P70r autopilot ($27,250)
hull paint ($39,200)
cockpit table ($5,050)
Seakeeper gyro stabilizer ($125,550)
crew cabin ($39,500).

On Location

Better Boat:

Room For Everything

The ultimate luxury aboard any boat is space. Space to sit in comfort, space to stretch out in bed, space to move around without bumping into another crewmember. It doesn’t matter how great a boat is, she can always be improved with the addition of a bit more space.

And then there is stowage. Useful, accessible stowage volume isn’t even a luxury—without enough of that, you haven’t really got a boat at all, you’ve got a sort of floating dumpster. With Azimut’s long-range cruising aspirations for the Magellano 53, you’d expect stowage to be pretty near the top of the designer’s priorities, and so it has proved. Not only does the 53 have a purpose-built locker off the lower lobby for a washing machine, and a useful linen cupboard just outside the door of the master cabin, there is also an entire cabin-sized “utility room” on the starboard side, fitted out with priceless lockers and shelving. To encounter such a cavern of extra volume in a 50-footer isn’t just a surprise, it’s a game-changer.

Oh, and the only thing that that top shelf needs to make it into a useful seventh berth is a mattress.

This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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