NEW BOATS — Greening Azimut’s Magellano 50

NEW BOATS - Greening Azimut's Magellano 50

Italian luxury boatbuilder Azimut Yachts is now offering hybrid-propulsion technology as an option on its new Magellano 50 motoryacht, launched at the Genoa International Boat Show (October 2 to 10) early this month.

The Magellano 50 is the first boat to be fitted with the new Easy Hybrid system, an exclusive project created by the Azimut-Benetti R&D department that allows her to cruise at up to 8kts using electric motors, in relative silence.

The 50-footer’s main power is from two latest-generation low-emission 425hp Cummins diesel engines, featuring common rail injection and electronic fuel-consumption management. With hybrid option, these are backed-up by two 20kW electric motors connected to batteries, which are charged on shore and topped-up by onboard generators.

The electric motors operate when the diesel propulsion systems are stopped, and as soon as a higher speed is required, the traditional engines kick in. Azimut said it is possible to switch from one propulsion system to the other automatically, so the skipper only has to decide the boat’s speed.

As one of the world’s first shipyards to achieve RINA Green Plus notation in the mid-sized vessel segment, Azimut said its Magellano 50 meets all the requirements set down by this standard.

These green credentials include: low-emission engines; efficient hull design, running surfaces and gear; energy-saving alternatives and management systems; environmentally-friendly construction methods; and, wood from sustainable forests.

Green Features

* Low-emmision diesel engines
* Optional electric propulsion
* High-performance hull and propellers
* Anti-UV film to reduce heat exchange through window-glass surfaces
* Tracking of consumption and tank levels, with a charging and discharging log
* LED lighting
* Infusion lamination of the principal fibreglass components
* Wood used onboard comes from forests that are managed in conformity with eco-sustainability criteria
* Efficient window design for more natural lighting below decks



Type: Semi-displacement monohull
Hull length: 14.98m
Beam: 4.8m’
Engine: 2 x 425hp Cummins diesels; plus 2 x 20kW electric motors (optional)
Weight: 20 tons
Max speed: 22kts
Cruising speed (hybrid): 7kts
Range: 1000nm at 10kts
Fuel: 3000lt
Freshwater: 700lt
Contacts: 5 Star Motor Cruisers (Australian importer), phone (02) 9328 4777; 0424 255 007, fax (02) 9233 4227, email: or click on

Photos: Magellano 50 from Azimut; Magellano 50 saloon; Lower deck studio-dinette option.