Baglietto, the historic Italian shipyard based in La Spezia, premiered its new yacht, 44m M/Y Monokini, the first launch since the takeover of the shipyard by the Gavio Group in February 2012. With an interior design by Alberto Mancini based on bleached sycamore, various leathers and neutral soft furnishings in tones of cream, beige, and grey, Monokini is based on an existing hull from when the yard closed down operations in 2010 and is the third unit in the 44m series designed by Francesco Paszkowski after Apache and Tatania Per Sempre.

The takeover of the Baglietto brand and of the La Spezia facilities, together with the Cerri brand, marked Gavio’s debut into the boatbuilding sector. “Baglietto is an icon of Italian and international boating, it is part of the history of our country, and – in spite of the current difficult investment climate in the boating sector – I was convinced that investing in it was the right choice,” said Baglietto chairman, Beniamino Gavio, who was interviewed in Issue 134 of The Superyacht Report.

Designer Francesco Paszkowski has a long-standing relationship with the shipyard. He is responsible for a 53m and a 46m yacht in build, plus a new 58m and a 43m in the design phase. Two new projects, a 38m and a 42m will be presented at the next Monaco Yacht Show, where Monokini will also be available for viewing.  

“Thanks to our extensive knowledge of the shipyard and the brand, we have been able to draw inspiration from Baglietto’s historical stylistic features and to reinterpret them in a contemporary style that preserves the brand's traditions and core values,” commented Francesco Paszkowski.

In addition to presenting the new range from Baglietto, the group unveiled a Cerri 15m fast runabout, also designed by Paszkowski, with distinctly military exterior lines and performance, which will be presented at the Cannes Boat Show.

Baglietto has been a historical player in the Italian yacht building industry since 1854. Its new era started over a year ago, which saw the relaunch of the yard, its product range and production site in La Spezia (the Varazze facility was not a part of the acquisition deal). The Gavio Group is active in various sectors from motorways, engineering, construction and transport to logistics, energy and telecommunications and the new owners have invested significantly in the extension and upgrading of the shipyard’s infrastructures.

The La Spezia facility.

“Together with the construction of new yachts, which remains the ‘Seagull’ brand's core business, Baglietto intends to develop and strengthen refitting and repair activities. “The new shipyard will be perfectly equipped to offer excellent services and ensure the same level of quality and care that characterise all its products,” stated Baglietto CEO Diego Michele Deprati.

Attended by the international yachting media, the presentation of Monokini was a significant occasion for the Baglietto brand, which has begun a promising new chapter in its history, despite the ongoing challenges facing the industry worldwide. “Baglietto means Made in Italy heritage, which needs to be preserved and promoted,” concluded Beniamino Gavio. “We finally have the opportunity to launch new lines and some very special projects that will be gradually unveiled over time and that we hope will conquer all yachting enthusiasts.”

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