“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.

Baglietto 46-Meter Making Boat-Show Debut This Fall

Baglietto-46-meter-launchHeaded to the Cannes Yachting Festival or Monaco Yacht Show in September? If so, you’ll get a chance to see this Baglietto 46-meter (150’9”). The megayacht, the first of a new displacement series created by the Italian shipyard, launched last week.

The builder tapped Francesco Paszkowski for styling and interior design. Margherita Casprini, who often collaborates with Paszkowski’s studio, also contributed to the interior. Finishing touches are still being applied to it. However, this Baglieto 46-meter should prove to be a visual feast. A juxtaposition of dark and light tones appears throughout the interior. So, too, do elements of minimalism and the natural world.

The owners and guests (10 people total) should spend a good deal of time outside. When the Baglietto 46-meter is at anchor, an 18-foot (5.5-meter) tender can take them to shore. The tender and a rescue boat are both stowed in the foredeck. That’s because a 269-square-foot (25-square-meter) beach club is fully aft.

The Baglietto 46-meter series is intended for a 12-knot cruise and 17-knot top speed with Caterpillar power. She should also see a 4,500-nautical-mile-range at 12 knots.

Baglietto is keeping most other details about this project close to the vest. It does, however, plan to publicize a few more projects come boat-show time. All were created in conjunction with Paszkowski. Two are planing yachts, and two are displacement yachts. The latter include a 55- and 62-meter (180- and 203-footers, respectively). The planing yachts are 35, 43, and 46 meters (about 115, 141, and 151 feet, respectively). Furthermore, Baglietto plans to keep its MV range in the public eye. At last year’s Cannes show, the builder exhibited the MV13. She’s an all-aluminum speedboat incorporating a military-vessel hull design from Baglietto’s heritage, mixed with a luxury-yacht layout and outfitting.

In the meantime, another Bagiletto 46-meter is under construction for completion early next year.

Baglietto Opens U.S. Office

Ed-Sacks-Baglietto-USAWhile Baglietto’s brand is known on American shores, its profile isn’t as high as that of other Italian builders. The yard’s management team clearly wants to change that. It has just establishing an office in Fort Lauderdale. The team has further hired Ed Sacks (left), a yachting veteran, to run the new Baglietto office.

Sacks has been named Baglietto vice president and a member of the board of directors. His primary role in the Fort Lauderdale office will be to grow Baglietto further throughout North America and Mexico. Sacks will understandably be tasked with bringing the builder and buyers together. He will also serve as the liaison between North American and Mexican clients and Baglietto while their megayachts are under construction. The sleek aluminum megayachts from 115 to 164 feet (35 to 50 meters) should appeal to a number of buyers. So, too, should the steel and aluminum Baglietto megayachts from 131 feet (40 meters).

Sacks’ career has spanned multiple industries, including manufacturing and finance. He continues to serve as managing director of The VSTH Group, a privately held merchant bank in North Carolina. It provides investment banking services and private equity investment backed by its own capital. In yachting, he’s well-known for a few things. Sacks established The Sacks Group in the 1980s, one of the first yacht-management companies in the world. It also offered charter, and continued to do so well after he sold his interest in the 1990s. (The Sacks Group was acquired by International Yacht Collection in 2010.) Sacks was also a megayacht owner. He commissioned the 155’8” (47.5-meter) Azzurra from CRN in 1988. Azzurra was designed by the late Gerhard Gilgenast. Azzurra chartered for $100,000 per week, a high rate for her time. Azzurra II followed in 1993, at 179’3” (54.65 meters). Most recently, Sacks was the head of North American operations for ISA Yachts.

New Build: Baglietto 46-Meter


At nearly 151 feet LOA, this Baglietto 46-meter is under construction at the Italian shipyard. In fact, construction started some months ago. Baglietto only just released details about her now.

The Baglietto 46-meter was ordered by a client from Eastern Europe. The project is part of the builder’s Displacement Line series. She bears design by Francesco Paszkowski, the same naval architect behind the Baglietto Fast Line series. Paszkowski has graced the steel-hulled megayacht with both soft and sharp lines. Note particularly the rounded stern, the bow flare, and the angularity of the forward upper structures.

Full specs aren’t available yet for the displacement Baglietto 46-meter. However, the same-size Fast Line megayacht has a beam of 30’2” (9.2 meters). So far we do know that the new megayacht will have twin Caterpillar engines. This should permit a 12-knot cruise and 17-knot top end. The cruise speed should allow a 4,500-nautical-mile range. The Baglietto 46-meter will be classed to ABS and fall beneath the 500-gross-ton threshold, too.

Some of the megayacht’s key features are a beach club exceeding 269 square feet (25 square meters). A separate tender garage holds an 18-foot (5.5-meter) dinghy, a PWC, and a rescue tender. The Baglietto 46-meter has a traditional accommodations arrangement. A saloon, dining area, and galley are all on the main deck. There’s a main-deck master, too, with four guest staterooms below decks. Two of the guest staterooms have twin beds. There are all twin beds in the four crew cabins as well. And, as you’d expect, the captain’s cabin is abaft the wheelhouse.

Delivery of this Baglietto 46-meter is set for early next year. That will be a few months after a sistership premieres at the fall boat shows. A same-size Fast Line yacht will follow later next year. So, too, will a 177-footer (54-meter).

Baglietto 54-Meter Megayacht by Francesco Paszkowski Design

Baglietto 54m Paszkowski

Measuring 177 feet (54 meters), this new megayacht is just starting construction at Baglietto.

The Baglietto 54-meter bears design by Francesco Paszkowski Design. She’s somewhat similar in profile to a new 58-meter (190-footer) that the designer has created for the shipyard. It’s in keeping with a family feel that Baglietto wants for its Displacement Line. (The builder also has a Fast Line, with planing yachts.) Of course, the Baglietto 54-meter is further an extension of several 53-meter (174-foot) megayachts that the shipyard delivered in recent years. These include Baraka, Blue Scorpion, and Gitana, all launched between 2006 and 2009.

Since the Baglietto 54-meter is a displacement yacht, cruising speed should be 13 knots and top end should be 17 knots. The power package is twin Caterpillar 3512Bs. Anticipated range has not been revealed. However, if the larger Paszkowski Design megayacht is any indication, it’s likely close to 5,000 nautical miles.

No details are available for the interior of this 54-meter, either. Similar-size megayachts typically have four guest staterooms below decks and a main-deck master, with accommodations for about 10 to 12 crew.

Delivery is set for the summer of 2015, to a European buyer.

Baglietto, celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, currently has a larger Displacement Line megayacht undergoing tank tests. There are also 141- and 151-foot (43- and 46-meter) Fast Line yachts in build. A 125-foot (38-meter) Fast Line yacht is further in the works, in the design stage.