“Baglietto: 160 Years of Italian Boatbuilding” Book

Baglietto 160 Years of Italian BoatbuildingcoverBeing in business for a decade is cause for celebration. Being in business 160 years after your doors first open is extraordinary. Baglietto is marking this milestone with a book, titled Baglietto: 160 Years of Italian Boatbuilding.

Baglietto: 160 Years of Italian Boatbuilding includes abundant images and takes the reader from the early days of the Italian yard to the present. It was established in 1854 by Pietro Baglietto in, of all places, a vegetable garden a few hundred feet from the water in Varazze, Italy. He built dinghies at first, gradually turning his eye toward yachts. Baglietto built its first racing yacht in the 1880s, for example. When motorboats became the fashion in the early 1900s, Baglietto added them to the mix. Young Pietro made history in 1906 by launching Giuseppina, then the largest cruising yacht built with a combustion engine on Italian soil. Her LOA: 74 feet (22.6 meters).

Hydrofoils, naval ships, yachts for international royalty, musicians, and entrepreneurs… these and more are detailed in Baglietto: 160 Years of Italian Boatbuilding. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, of course. Two world wars and the recent global recession all had an impact on Baglietto. The yard even filed for bankruptcy in March 2010, in the midst of the recession. It emerged from bankruptcy in February 2012 thanks to the Gavio Group, the current owner, and has seen both new contracts get signed as well as an investment in its facilities, the latter including an expansion.

In fact, Gavio Group commissioned Baglietto: 160 Years of Italian Boatbuilding. At a presentation of the book to yard VIPs earlier this month, Beniamino Gavio, head of the yard, explains why in the book’s introduction:

Baglietto is a name of the yachting world that has always fulfilled powerful emotions, it is a heritage that belongs to everyone. At the root there is the love and the passion for sea; I myself have always been a ship owner. This passion led me to achieve this important brand that was on the brink to disappear. … To ensure the survival of this heritage, today we are building modern yachts based on a new design that revisit and refresh the concepts of the past that are inextricably tied to our traditions and memories of the past 160 years.

Three journalists are the authors of Baglietto: 160 Years of Italian Boatbuilding. They are Roberto Franzoni, a contributor to a number of magazines in Europe and a consultant to two Italy-based show organizers; Dominique Gabirault, a book author and magazine contributor; and Justin Ratcliffe, another contributor to a number of magazines around the world and the editor of The Superyacht Owner.

Cantiere delle Marche Confirms 2 More Contracts

Cantiere-delle-Marche-DARWIN-CLASSDeals for a Nauta Air 108 and Darwin Class 102 (pictured) have closed out a strong year for Cantiere delle Marche’s team. The contracts are among five signed this year, helping to keep the craftspeople busy through 2017.

The Nauta Air 108 will be akin to other megayachts in the Nauta Air series, in that she’ll feature a steel hull and some expedition-inspired lines from Nauta Yacht Design. However, she’ll be the first Cantiere delle Marche yacht of either the Nauta Air or Darwin series to feature a bulbous bow. Intended for extensive cruising of the Americas, the Nauta Air 108 will further have a Dynamic Positioning-like system. (True Dynamic Positioning requires adherence to strict IMO and classification rules, so no solutions in yachting thus far go to that extent. However, they still employ a computer-controlled thruster and engine combination to keep the yacht stationary.) Full details are not available yet on the interior, though the 24’6” (7.5-meter) beam will be put to good use by the main-deck master. This Nauta Air 108 will also have a nearly 754-square-foot (70-square-meter) sundeck and a beach club. The crew and primary tender will be stowed on deck, while a few smaller toys will go in a garage forward of the beach club, launched to the side.

As for the Darwin Class 102, her owner intends extensive Caribbean and South American cruising. He also intends to offer the megayacht for charter, a first for Cantiere delle Marche. While on long passages, the 16-foot (5-meter) tender that stows on the swim platform will instead go on the upper deck. That’s further where a 20-foot (6.2-meter) tender will permanently stow. Toys seem of particular importance to the owner, since this Darwin Class 102 will have even more in an ample garage. Similar to the Nauta Air project, no details are available on the general arrangement. For now, Cantiere delle Marche simply says the owner requested that Hydrotec, the series designer, modify the stern to make it more of a welcoming relaxation space and accommodate the above-mentioned toys.

Formosa, Benetti’s Newest 60-Meter Megayacht

Benetti-Formosa-launchThe first week of this month saw the launch of Formosa at Benetti’s facility in Livorno, Italy.

The 197-foot (60-meter) megayacht is styled much the same as previous same-size launches by the builder, since she bears an in-house design.

The 34’8” (10.6-meter) beam and 1,060-ton displacement (remember, a measurement of volume) should make for comfortable guest areas, all designed by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. Benetti has not revealed details on the decor, but Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design is known for a clean, uncluttered aesthetic. A few details are known about the general arrangement, however. It doesn’t entirely follow tradition aboard Formosa, as per the owner’s wishes. The master suite, for example, which Benetti refers to as “apartments,” is on an upper deck of the five-deck Formosa. Two of the five guest staterooms are on the main deck, with the rest on the lower deck. The 14 crew should be housed below decks, too; the captain’s cabin may be in the typical area aft of the wheelhouse.

No word on whether Formosa, which should cruise at 15 knots and see 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots under MTU power, will be used privately or charter.

Incidentally, “formosa” means “beautiful” in Portuguese and once was also the name for Taiwan. Whether related or not, the owner of Formosa hails from Asia.

December 2014 Motoryacht Video: Silver Cloud in the Tuamotus

Silver-Cloud-in-Milford-Sound-NZWhen Silver Cloud was delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2008, traditional yacht watchers scratched their heads. Her SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) configuration baffled them. Once they learned the 134-footer (41-meter) was far more stable as a result, and equally (if not more important to her owners) kept seasickness at bay, they were impressed. Silver Cloud has continued to impress, embarking on a nearly two-year voyage around the world immediately upon delivery. Silver Cloud has further never once been out of the water.

Since her owners enjoy diving as much as cruising, their global trips have taken them to some of the most spectacular sites around. Come along with Silver Cloud here as she explored the Tuamotus, characterized by coral rings and turquoise waters, under the guidance of Tahiti Private Expeditions.


Tahiti Private Expeditions with Silver Cloud (Tuamotu) from Tahiti Private Expeditions on Vimeo.

IMS 700 Shipyard Hauls 1st Megayacht

IMS-700-Sister-Act-haulThe formal opening of IMS Shipyard’s IMS 700 site isn’t until March, but the first test of its TraveLift went smoothly. The French repair yard hauled Sister Act, a 141’9” (43.25-meter) Heesen, this week.

Located in St-Mandrier, across from the port of Toulon, IMS 700 is a former naval air base and the second of two locations that comprise IMS Shipyard. The other is IMS 300, in the same region. When IMS 700 officially opens in March, it will accommodate yachts from 66 to 262 feet (20 to 80 meters, respectively). It will also bring IMS Shipyard’s total capacity to 100 megayachts, the most in the Med.

It’s interesting to note that IMS 700 lifted Sister Act out of the water five days ahead of schedule. Five days doesn’t sound like much, but being ahead of schedule is. So often in this industry, and especially with a facility still under construction, delays occur. To put the status of IMS 700 into perspective so far, there have been 80 people working full time on the transformation. IMS Shipyard estimates a total of 20,000 man-hours will be tallied by March. Furthermore, 95,349 cubic feet (2,700 cubic meters) of earth has been dug up.

IMS 700 plans to continue employing the TraveLift through next week, hauling a dozen more yachts.