May 8, 2015 - Velos

Motorboat & Yachting: The Azimut Magellano 66 will be launched at the 2015 Cannes Boat Show. With twin Volvo Penta D13 engines, these will give the Azimut Magellano 66 a top speed of 22 knots and a 900-mile range at 9 knots.


This summer will see the launch of the Azimut Magellano 66, as the Italian yard expands its popular trawler yacht range. Built with the same ‘Dual Mode’ hull design as all Azimut trawlers, the Magellano 66 promises a smooth ride even if rough conditions.On board, the main deck is arranged on a single level, with a large sliding door separating the saloon from the cockpit. Key saloon highlights include an L-shaped sofa, dining table, and a range of TV options up to 50 inches.

A Navetta version will also be offered with an amidships staircase that allows the helm and galley to be kept separate from the saloon and cockpit.

The flybridge is available with a hard-top shade, while the bow features a secondary sun lounger, much like on the Magellano 53.

Below decks, the 66 will boast a full-beam master suite, VIP cabin and guest cabin, while a fourth cabin with bunk beds can be fitted into the utility room.

Power comes from a pair of Volvo Penta D13 diesel engines, generating 800hp each, for an estimated top speed of 22 knots.

However, Magellano 66 owners are far more likely to trim this back to 9 knots, at which speed the range increases to an impressive 900 miles.

Prices are likely to be confirmed at the Cannes Boat Show, where the Azimut Magellano 66 will get its public debut.

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Yachting Boating World: Randy and Dawn Ortiz had been travelling the world on their yacht Nirvana Now for several years when tragedy struck last month in the South Pacific.


Two sailors had to watch their home and livelihood sink last month after damage caused by the sea saw their yacht sink in the South Pacific Ocean.

Randy and Dawn Ortiz had been travelling the world on board their S&S North Atlantic 42 Nirvana Now and posting their story online for several years when tragedy struck in April.

Initial problems for the pair started to develop on April 6th after they noticed that the forestay was loose and on further inspection found that part of the deck had started to part from the hull.

Writing on his blog, Randy said: “We attributed this to the state of the sea over the last three days, which had been a 2-3m swell at a period of 3-5 seconds.

“We rolled in the jib sail mounted on the forestay to reduce the strain and kept the main sail up with reefs.

“We helped support the forestay with a spinnaker halyard and a spare jib halyard attached to the port and starboard forward mooring cleats.

They then began sailing a downwind course to further reduce the strain on the forestay, heading for Nuku Hiva, an island in French Polynesia.

Unfortunately the couple’s problems were far from over, with them later noticing that water was starting to build up in the bilge, requiring it to be pumped out multiple times.

Shortly after, the pair decided to contact Pacific seafarer’s net, an amateur radio communications organization providing support and assistance, and another yacht called Continuum was diverted to help them.

Over the next few days, the situation on board continued to deteriorate as rough swells caused significant damage to the yacht.

“A large wave came up behind us and slammed the rudder over breaking the steering quadrant and separated from the hull the internal structure of the boat where the steering cable pulleys attach on the starboard side. We contacted W3ZU Fred and asked him to relay a May Day message to the Coast Guard that our situation had deteriorated and that we needed assistance. We then set up the emergency tiller system so we could maintain the boat in a heaved to arrangement to maintain stability”, wrote Randy.

“US Coast Guard Group 11 responded and we informed them of our damages, that the barnacles were reducing our progress and that the bilge pump was keeping up to the ingress of water from the damaged deck.

“We also informed them that Continuum had changed course to meet us. They were going to see if there was another ship in the area that they could ask to assist and we arranged to send regular position reports to them through W3ZU Fred, which we did throughout the night.”

As the heavy swells continued, another large wave struck Nirvana Now, breaking the rudder’s emergency steering linkages, causing it to swing free, pounding against the hull of the boat.

By April 7th the couple’s situation was significantly worse, with one foot of water coming into the boat every hour.

“Throughout the day 2-3m waves continued to slam the rudder into the bottom of the boat, as the rudder stops were damaged. We rigged a line from the midship mooring cleats, then aft around the rudder to reduce the movement of the rudder and the damage it was imparting on the hull.

“With our situation critical but stabilized we continued to pump the bilges every hour to keep ahead of the ingress of water from the damaged bow and the deteriorating condition of the rudder mountings. We maintained radio contact routines with Continuum, W3ZU Fred and the Seafarer’s Net and waited for the arrival of Continuum.”

At 3pm on April 8th and after three days of continued problems, Continuum arrived on scene and the couple made their way across to the yacht on board a dinghy.

Once safely aboard Continuum Randy and Dawn could only watch as Nirvana Now sunk to the bottom of the South Pacific, having previously agreed to scuttle the yacht so it was not a hazard to navigation.

In a closing statement on his blog, Randy said: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the efforts of RCC Alameda1 and their radio watch keepers for their irreplaceable efforts.

“Bob and Mona Jankowski on the Continuum willingly endured great hardship as they motor-sailed 40 hours into strong winds and large seas while standing watches of two hours on, two hours off, to enable them to reach us before we sank.

“The two hour watch routine made possible the radio contact schedule of every two hours which kept them informed of our position as we drifted disabled. It was a great moral booster to us to be to talk to our saviors on a regular basis.

“I would like to impress upon all that it was the communications allowed us through the SSB radio giving us access to the land based ham networks and other boats that saved our lives. With the popularity and attributes of satellite phones increasing I think it is still prudent for all persons voyaging off shore to be skilled in the use of the SSB radio.

“We will miss the boat that gave us so much joy for 18 years.”




Categories: Accident, Rescue at sea

Pratical Boat Owner: This weekend marks the start of RYA Push the Boat 2015 with sailing clubs and training centres across the nation offering free and discounted taster opportunities for all to ‘have a go’.


More than 340 venues will be taking part in the national event, providing everyone, regardless of age, background or experience, with the chance to get out on the water and discover the sport of sailing.

The week-long Push the Boat Out 2015 will run from tomorrow, Saturday 9 May, to Saturday 17 May.

All you need for any of the open days or ‘try sailing’ sessions is warm clothing, soft soled shoes and a waterproof if it’s raining. The clubs and centres will provide everything else!  Booking may be required for some of the activities.

Jackie Bennetts, RYA club support advisor, said: ‘RYA Push the Boat Out provides a fantastic opportunity to show people just how easy it is to get involved in sailing and windsurfing locally.

‘People think it’s an expensive sport but the reality is you don’t even need to own your own boat! A family of four can be members of a local club for as little as £10-£15 a month and most clubs have boats you can borrow for a morning, afternoon or evening from as little as £3-5 or sometimes free depending on the club or centre.’

Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events with 17,000 people trying sailing or windsurfing for the first time over one weekend.

For full details about what’s going on near you visit

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