Since the beginning, the yard has been notable for the production of numerous working vessels, yachts, and military vessels that were highly successful but, most importantly, famed for their technical characteristics. It’s a pleasure to recall Baglietto’s involvement and the leading role it played in the development of military vessels that were a valuable resource for the Italian Navy, especially for the assault divisions. The shipyard’s engineers and workers have always been able to interpret the client’s requirements proactively, with designs that sometimes marked a real turning point. These included the vessels known as MAS, or Torpedo-Armed Motorboats, of which the Baglietto shipyard in Varazze was one of the producers. An experimental anti-submarine version was also developed at the Baglietto shipyard. With this historical note we simply want to trace one of the key moments in the shipyard’s history in terms of developing construction skills to meet operational requirements for which elements such as speed, manoeuvrability and structural robustness were fundamental. And all of this was done using engines that could reasonably be described as dated compared to today’s ones. This is part of the culture that still prevails at Baglietto today, where the passion of the people who work at the shipyard every day is linked to an important historical perspective. Like all great stories, Baglietto’s had moments when it seemed as if all was over, but like all really great stories it has always succeeded in breathing new life into the legend with facts, with tangible objects, and in this case with high-quality boats capable of giving new substance to the name.
Monokini, the yacht on which we had the pleasure of sailing in the Gulf of La Spezia a few days after it was launched, draws a neat line between Baglietto’s recent past and its future. The shipyard’s management rightly believes it is necessary to begin again from Baglietto’s magnificent history, and it is no accident that it has revealed to the press a MAS recreated in a modern key – and most importantly as a leisure vessel. Why do something like this? Ultimately, the shipyard has produced a vessel that can certainly evoke a history that deserves to be remembered, while at the same time, from another perspective, the craft’s presentation at this point in time simply expresses the management’s desire to build ships that, although they do not have to operate as working vessels, will henceforth be conspicuous for total quality, performance and innovation. Monokini was designed and partially built in the period preceding the current company structure. The project is a revival of the 44-m Fast line, consisting of Tatiana Per Sempre and Apache II. In terms of form, it has undergone little variation, and, as you can see from the images, her streamlined, sleek outer lines reflect the unmistakable style of Francesco Paskowski Design. It must be said that even the colour scheme chosen by Monokini’s Owner contributes to emphasising the essential nature of external lines, where the windows around the perimeter of the main deck provide a darker, regularly shaped band that vertically interrupts the sequence of horizontal lines. Monokini’s Owner was constantly involved in the development of the interiors and furniture, as interior designer Alberto Mancini describes. He made a great many requests, and appreciated and accepted the solutions proposed by the designer.
Every element on board is distinctly refined with particular care taken with the aesthetic and the colour scheme, where pairings of various materials such as wood, leather and steel contribute to giving each space a warmth that is rather unusual for a minimalist style. In our view, this is where the real value of Monokini’s fittings lies – the capacity to avoid coldness while retaining essential lines in the furnishings. This is something that makes the interiors elegant and yet enormously welcoming. The furniture is all custom-made, with soft, sinuous lines. Beige tones dominate throughout, harmonised with sophisticated dove and grey tones that are uniform all over the vessel. The space that we found most striking was the large salon, where two sofas running lengthwise combine perfectly with one sofa positioned crosswise along the forward bulkhead, which can be turned 180° and moved aft to create a large living room/cinema.
Length Overall: 44.00 m / 144’36’’ ft
Beam: 8.30 m / 27’23’’ ft
Draft (max): 1.54 m / 5’05’’ ft
Engines: 2 MTU Diesel 16V 4000 M90 - HP 3,650 - kW 2,722
Gross Tonnage: 378 GT
Hull Material: Aluminium
Speed (Max): 29 knots
Cruising Speed: 700 Nautical miles @ cruising speed 12 knots
Fuel Capacity: 45,000 Liters / 11,889 US gallons
Water Capacity:: 5,200 Liters / 1,374 US gallons