FrontRunners: World Traveler

Italian boatbuilder Azimut is venturing into deeper waters with a new series of Magellano expedition yachts (named, appropriately, after the world’s first circumnavigator, Ferdinand Magellan). The inaugural Magellano 72 (www.azimutyachts.com), expected to be launched by 2010, represents a departure for a yacht brand better known for its coastal-cruising Flybridge and speedy S-series motor yachts. The 72-foot Magellano, which has a range of 1,725 miles, is a relatively small expedition yacht, but with a top speed greater than 20 knots, it is a fast one. In contrast to the often dark, confined interiors of traditional explorer yachts, the Magellano has an open layout that lets in plenty of natural light. The yacht also offers the advantage of not requiring a large crew. "We’ve designed it so that the owner and one other person can operate it easily," says Azimut’s CEO, Federico Martini. "That’s a very new approach to a yacht this size." rel="nofollow"

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