Azimut is electrifying the yachting world with its new Magellano line of fuel-efficient long-range cruisers, including this 51′ 4″ (15.64 m) Magellano 50. Introduced at the Genoa Boat Show in October, she is the mid-sized entry in the new series (a 74 is already available, and a 40 is in the works). Not only is the 50 a radical departure visually from Azimut’s Med-style cruisers, noted for their speed, sleek styling and sybaritic accommodations, but it also has something few other yachts at this level have — the option of hybrid power: Azimut’s Easy Hybrid system adds twin 23-kW electric motors to the Magellano 50’s twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 5.9 diesels, and will move the yacht at up to 8 knots under battery power alone, in near-silence, says the company.
Add the Easy Hybrid system, which runs off a lithium-ion battery pack which is in turn recharged by the yacht’s twin 20-kW generators, and the range is “restricted only by the need to service the generators,” says the company. When not driving the propellers, the electric motors can generate power. The Magellano 50 is the first yacht to utilize Easy Hybrid technology, but we expect to see it in other yachts soon.