Springtime saw two megayachts launch at Baglietto’s two locations along the northeastern Italian coast, Varazze and La Spezia. Baraka (above) hit the water first, in La Spezia, back in April, while Apache II (below) followed in May.
While both were designed inside and out by Francesco Paszkowski, they’re decidedly different. The 44-meter (144-foot), all-aluminum Apache II is a speedster, said to be capable of a top speed of 28 knots, while the steel and aluminum, 53-meter (174-foot) Baraka cruises at a more leisurely 17 knots. In addition, Apache II emphasizes minimalism in her five-stateroom decor through the use of leather, stained oak, and Jerusalem Gold stone, while Baraka is a glamour girl, featuring wenge wood in combination with Jerusalem gold stone for floors and whitened durmast (a type of oak) for furnishings. In addition, a glass and stainless steel elevator that rises through the decks allows sunlight to filter down below. One additional feature setting Baraka apart: balconies off the master suite.
Anticipate seeing both boats in the Med this summer.