“It’s been a wonderful eight months or so,” sums up Frank Mulder of Mulder Design. A conversation that started at last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show led to the Sestante concept, the Baglietto 70M seen here. More than a large motoryacht, Sestante should cruise 30-percent faster than traditional displacement megayachts, with better range, too.
Bas Mulder of the design studio met Baglietto’s general manager, Michele Gavino, at the above-mentioned show. The conversations continued with Frank Mulder joining in, and with the studio team reviewing Baglietto’s long history. (The shipyard opened in the late 19th century.)
Frank Mulder considers Sestante “an extension of the Baglietto aesthetic,” staying true to its heritage. Simultaneously, the design concept brings a “modern, athletic, sleek, and refined look.” Indeed. The sleek lines of Sestante, which translates to “sextant” from Italian, belie her 230-foot LOA.
Bearing a 38’7” (11.8-meter) beam, Sestante is, of course, meant for customization. To that point, the shipyard and design studio will tailor alfresco and interior spaces for parties of 12 to 14. (For charter, Sestante should take the smaller capacity.) Suggested amenities include a foredeck helipad, a hot tub for guests on the sundeck, and a private pool for the owners.
The true highlight, however, is the cruising ability. Most displacement megayachts in Sestante’s size range top out around 17 knots. However, she has a high-speed cruising hull set for 25 knots, depending on the power package. Mulder Design says it’s evaluated Voith propellers, waterjets, hybrid power, as well as diesel-electric propulsion. “It’s nice for people to be able to travel fast,” Frank Mulder says, meaning spending less time in transit, while remaining comfortable. (Comfortable is a key word, too. Many fast yachts end up being uncomfortable at slower speeds.)
Mulder Design is further confident in the hull design because it builds on experience borne from Spectre. Currently under construction, Spectre should see just over 21 knots, at an LOA of 216 feet (66 meters).
As much as Sestante values swift transit, so, too, does she emphasize less drag. Mulder Design expects best range to be 6,500 nautical miles at 12 knots—again, better than traditionally hulled displacement yachts. This, without excess fuel aboard.
Here’s a better look at some of Sestante’s spaces.