Baglietto S.p.A. recently began an ambitious new project to upgrade its production facilities – currently covering more than 32,000 m2 / 345,000 square feet – with major works planned. At the same time, the company has started restructuring its commercial offering, not just through a press and public image campaign but also – and more importantly – by tangibly developing its product range. Apart from the maintenance and further reinforcement planned for major refits and ship restorations, a sector in which the Italian shipyard has always been a byword for excellence, in the near future the intention is also to return to the military shipbuilding sector, an old tradition for the historic seagull brand. However, the exclusive motor yacht market segment is where the luxurious vessels created by Baglietto have become legend over its more than 160 years in 2014. The renewed Baglietto brand is now beginning its new era from this strategic sector, with a balance between continuity and development to reconfirm its position as a leader on the international stage for shipbuilding at the most prestigious level. In this restricted global enclave, it is an undisputed star: highly specialised in the construction of aluminium vessels with a planing or semi-displacement hull in lengths from 35 to 50 metres, and steel and aluminium vessels with a displacement hull in lengths from 45 to 65 metres. The Italian shipyard’s new era is beginning with a new range of all-Italian projects.
The naval architecture and engineering have been developed in-house by Baglietto’s technical office, while the exterior and interior design are the work of the ever-capable Francesco Paszkowski, a.k.a. “Mr Pencil” for his old-school habit – as unchangeable as it is commendable – of thinking through and sketching out design drawings manually on plain paper with the classic lead pencil (and always with the necessary pencil sharpener close at hand). However, his magnificent hand drawings have now been transformed into photorealistic images using advanced rendering programs that faithfully convey the appearance of Baglietto’s new motor yachts in the two different lines of the current range: the Fast Line with a planing hull, currently under construction a 43m and a 46m fast line in aluminium and a 35m new project, and the Displacement Line, with two models, 2 x 46m and a 54m under construction while a 55m and 62m new project.We now present the vessel that is currently under construction at la Spezia shipyard: the stunning, sporty Baglietto 46 Fast. She is an extremely spacious boat, given her relatively compact size, especially compared
to other vessels in her size class. The project has been designed to accommodate up to twelve guests in the luxury zone, which has a usable area of 306 m2 / 3,294 square feet, and up to nine crew in the service area, which has a usable area of more than 100 m2 / 1,076 square feet. However, in spite of her generous volume, the motor yacht remains below 500 GRT thanks to her build entirely in light aluminium alloy.
This is a particularly important technical and legislative boundary because, as owners and experts will know, above this limit there are additional technical requirements and regulatory obligations applicable to both the construction and the operation of the vessel, which increase the initial investment costs and also make commercial management more costly.
To satisfy the appetite for high performance as effectively as possible – always a leading consideration for the famous Italian shipyard – the new Baglietto 46 Fast has a very sharply pointed planing hull with a high-efficiency keel to optimise fuel consumption while offering breathtaking speed. With two configurations available on request, both based on reliable engines by German firm MTU, two different power ratings can be chosen for two different levels of performance, with top speeds of either more than 24 knots or nearly 28 knots. However, the international legend of Baglietto is not just based on sophisticated engineering, because the seagull logo has always been universally associated with the aesthetic refinement of the brand’s creations as well. This penchant for beauty is set to continue in the Italian shipyard’s new era as well, with the new vessels drawing inspiration from the builds of the past, but reinterpreting the latter’s classic lines as if through natural evolution and integrating traditional stylistic elements with contemporary ones. This rather eclectic but coherent design scheme proves itself in the external look of the new projects, which have a family feel with the three designs deliberately coordinated under a single stylistic stamp. In particular, where the two displacement vessels are a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic layout across three decks plus a sun deck, the Fast, with its planing hull, has an innovative, futuristic design with the layout of a contemporary maxi open yacht on two decks plus a fly bridge. In fact, compared to the vessels in the Displacement Line, the external lines of the new 46-metre Fast Line yacht are more dynamic, with a soaring, bold prow juxtaposed with the bulky, substantial stern. These merge coherently and harmoniously with the shape of the superstructure, which is quite compact and has a low profile, to make the motor yacht’s outline even more aerodynamic and sleek. This sporty sleekness is generated by a flawless combination of lines and forms, sometimes angular, sometimes rounded, and is further accentuated by the trapezoidal geometry of the windows that alternate with linear windows on two different levels of the hull and the superstructure, giving the vessel’s external look a pleasingly confident yet charming style. In the design of the external spaces, careful consideration was given to the relationship between the ship and its surrounding environment, so as to offer the owner and guests greater opportunity for visual and direct contact with the water, not just at anchor but also while underway. With this aim in mind, numerous open-air spaces have been provided, and these are extremely large and deliberately designed as spacious terraces with a panoramic view of the sea. They are well distributed across all the available levels, from the main deck to the bridge deck and the fly bridge, with extensive areas available for sunbathing equipped with sun pads and sun beds, open air lounge areas with seating, and alfresco dining areas with dining tables and chairs – and plenty of areas that can be shaded at need with practical, efficient bimini tops.
The design of the interiors, by Francesco Paszkowski Design in cooperation with architect Margherita Casprini, focused as a priority on creating large, welcoming, comfortable spaces with plenty of natural light, suitable for both coastal cruises and long stays on board. The motor yacht’s layout is very rational and considered with the utmost care, based on a functional approach that gives absolute priority to spaces for relaxation and privacy for the owner and guests.
The bridge deck features a well lit, panoramic sky lounge / cinema room beside the pantry that serves the outdoor areas. On the main deck, preceded by an entrance area with a bar and cloakroom, there is a salon with both a living area and a dining area in a single open space. The dining area is next to the pantry, connected directly to the galley. A foyer provides access to the private areas for night-time use, the owner’s suite and the guest staterooms. The owner’s suite includes a study / office, a master stateroom and an en suite bathroom. The guest staterooms, which can be reached via a convenient staircase down to the lobby on the lower deck, comprise four staterooms each with an en suite bathroom. When it comes to the style of the furnishings and decoration, the images on these pages show interiors with a serene, contemporary atmosphere based on a warm contrast of natural materials and calm colours. However, it is of course possible for the design to be fully customised based on the needs and desires of the client, to flawlessly fulfil his or her wishes in terms of unique individual expression.
Baglietto 46 Fast Technical Specifications
|Hull type||Double chine, twin propeller Motor Yacht|
|LOA||46.30 m / 151’902’’ ft|
|Beam||9.20 m / 30’184’’ ft|
|Draft||2.55 m / 8’202’’ ft|
|Half load displacement||280 tons approx|
|Fuel capacity||50,000 litres / 13,208.6 US gallons|
|Fresh water capacity||12,000 litres / 3,170.065 US gallons|
|Holding tank||1,500 litres / 396.258 US gallons|
|Gray water tank||2,000 litres / 528.344 US gallons|
|International gross tonnage||Under 500 GRT|
|Main engines||MTU 16V4000 M93 L*
Available also with MTU 12V4000 M93L, 24,0 knots top speed
|Maximum speed||28.0 knots|
|Range up to||900 nm at cruising speed|
|Maximum power||2 x 3,440 kW (4,615 hp) at 2,100 rpm|
|Generators||Twin 125 kW, 400/230V 3 phase diesel|
|Active fin Stabilizers||Anti-roll stabilization system underway and at anchor|
|Accomodation||Luxury Area 306 m² - Crew Area 100 m|
|Guest||10 - 12|
|Hull and engineering||Baglietto S.p.A.|
|Exterior design||F. Paszkowski Design|
|Interior design||F. Paszkowski Design with M. Casprini|