June 26, 2013, saw Baglietto, the historic shipyard based in La Spezia, premiere its new 44m motor yacht Monokini, along with the new product range, that will mark the Company’s new era. This started last year, following the takeover of the shipyard by the Gavio Group.
Baglietto’s range includes steel and aluminium displacement yachts from 43m to 60m and aluminium planing yachts ranging from 38m to 50m. As regards the former, construction is already ongoing for a 53m and a 46m yacht whose design stands out for an interesting combination of styles. Every single detail has indeed been painstakingly studied to achieve an unprecedented result: the streamlined stem reminds of Nordic boats and the slightly square lines of the main deck glazing and along the freeboard alternate with softer ones, like those of the solid wood curved handrails of the deck gangways. A new 58m yacht (presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012) and a 43m yacht are currently being designed (the project of this will be presented at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show).
Among planing yachts, two vessels – 38m and 42m long – are now being designed (their projects will be presented during Monaco Boat Show), while a 46m yacht is currently under construction characterised by slender outer lines and a receding, aggressive bow juxtaposed to a sturdy stern with hawse-holes. The trapeze-shaped windows in the hull alternate with rectangular ones arranged on two different levels and enhance the slender shape of the hull, giving a more contemporary touch to the yacht’s highly appealing outer profile. Baglietto’s range is completed by 44m M/Y Monokini, launched last month which will represent the shipyard during the next Boat Show season.
Since 1854 Baglietto has made the history of Italian shipbuilding. Its new era started over a year ago, and has so far envisaged a relaunch of the brand, its products and its production site. The Gavio Group, a leading group operating in various sectors (motorways, engineering, the building sector, transport and logistics, energy and telecommunications), took over Baglietto in early 2012 and embarked upon a far-reaching project ranging from product strategy – which maintains its world-class design and innovative approach – to military vessels and refitting activities. The new owners have also significantly invested in the extension and upgrading of the shipyard’s infrastructures.
The takeover of the Baglietto brand and of the La Spezia facilities – together with the Cerri brand – marked Gavio’s debut in the boatbuilding and luxury yachts sector. “Baglietto is an icon of Italian and international boating, it is part of the history of our country, and – in spite of the current difficult investment climate in the boating sector -, I was convinced that investing in it was the right choice. Baglietto means Made in Italy heritage, which needs to be preserved and promoted: we finally have the opportunity to launch new lines and even some very special projects that will be gradually unveiled over time and that we hope will conquer all yachting enthusiasts – said Baglietto’s Chairman, Mr Beniamino Gavio. “This is why we have intentionally preserved a strong connection with the past, entrusting once again Francesco Paszkowski (who has been the shipyard’s leading designer for over 20 years) with the design of the brand’s new lines and thereby ensuring continuity, but also innovation”, concluded the Chairman.
“After an over-twenty-year cooperation with Baglietto, being able to design new-generation yachts is a great privilege for me, as well as a challenging and, somehow, new task. Thanks to our firm’s extensive knowledge of the shipyard and the brand, we have been able to draw inspiration from Baglietto’s historical stylistic features and to reinterpret them in a contemporary style that preserves the brand’s traditions and core values” stated Francesco Paszkowski.
The reconstruction of the entire production site in La Spezia, currently Baglietto’s only site, is a pillar of the relaunch project promoted by the new Owners, who have invested approximately €20 million to turn the La Spezia pole into one of the leading excellence centres of the entire Mediterranean basin over the next few years.
Together with the construction of new yachts, which remains the “Seagull” brand’s core business, Baglietto intends to develop and strengthen refitting and repair activities too: “the new shipyard will be perfectly equipped to offer excellent services and ensure the same level of quality and care that characterise all its products” stated Baglietto’s CEO Mr Diego Michele Deprati. The refitting and repair facility can rely on an equipment & tools warehouse and a historical reference archive containing all necessary information on the yacht models, materials and spare parts produced by Baglietto since its very foundation.
Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Baglietto.