Baglietto recently presented two new product lines penned by Francesco Paszkowski Design bound to further expand the product range of the brand, which this year is celebrating its 170th anniversary. The 50 m project – the FAST50 – is the new top of the range among fast, innovative and hi-tech yachts, which have always been the hallmark of the La Spezia-based shipyard; with the XO line, in turn, the brand is stepping into a new segment, that of vessels designed for long ocean crossings around the world. The first model of the line will be the X50. (All our posts on Baglietto here)
Immensity as the only limit: this could be the tagline of the brand-new 50m yacht concept illustrated by Baglietto. XO – this is the name the boat builder has chosen for the new line – is not, or not only, an Explorer in the strict sense of the word. Rather, and above all, it is a new way of Experiencing, Observing, perceiving the horizon from the bow.
Explore, Experience, Observe – hence the name of the line, XO. Because on these yachts, the ability to make long-range crossings goes hand in hand with the opportunity to grasp their very essence thanks to an extraordinary panoramic point.
An out-of-the-box observation lounge
A distinguishing feature of the project is indeed the observation point located above the wheelhouse, a unique and exclusive space offering an all-encompassing view of the surrounding landscape. Conceived for long-range cruising, the observatory becomes an entertainment area that breaks the monotony of ocean crossings. Large flush-fitting windows offer a 360° view, while the central skylight lets in fragments of sky.
Inside is a ‘visual room’, a protected, cocooning space furnished with comfortable cushions and sofas where to retreat even on the coldest days without ever losing the magic of the journey. Opposite the lounge area, 6 large independent monitors have been installed, which can also be used separately.
Baglietto XO, inspired by the Settebello
Creativity is often spurred by observing other realms: XO found its inspiration in the railway sector, more specifically in the famous ETR 300 ‘Settebello’, which back in the 1950s revolutionised the very concept of train. The XO line takes the innovative design solutions of this historic train – the characteristic driving station located above the passenger area and a first class panoramic lounge below it – and completely overturns them, keeping the pilot bridge on the upper deck and reserving the exclusive area above it for guests.
Though apparently in contrast with the sober, free-flowing lines of all Baglietto yachts designed by Paszkowski Design, these vessels preserve in fact many of the brand’s traditional stylistic features, maintaining the ‘work boat-look’ typical of an Explorer without the slightest detriment to their elegant style and beauty. The fly bridge reminds of the one found on the 16.50 m model, minimal and with flush-fitted glazed surfaces offering a breathtaking 360° view, while the upper deck models after the successful concept of a veranda opening on three sides of the T52, which has also served as an inspiration for the main deck.
Baglietto and care for the environment
Also drawing on the experience of the T52, the hull has been designed to undertake transoceanic crossings: the bow, in particular, is sturdier and sharper to ensure an easier management of ropes and faster crew manoeuvres even in extreme weather conditions. Safety remains a guiding principle also in the choice of generous areas for the storage of large tenders fit for cruising in very choppy, challenging seas.
The use of more environmentally friendly ceramic materials, the solar panels on the roof of the fly bridge (which can be used to recharge the numerous on-board water toys), and the choice of special paints are all solutions reflecting the shipyard’s strong focus on environmental protection.
Yachts in this line will mount two CAT C32 engines delivering a maximum speed of 16 knots.
Baglietto Fast 50
Baglietto’s latest project seems to have drawn inspiration from Milan Kundera: 50 metres, four MTU 2000M96L engines, and a maximum speed of 30 knots are the main features of this light alloy fast displacement model that has now become the top of the range of Baglietto’s FAST line pencilled by Francesco Paszkowski Design, confirming the shipyard’s leadership in the highly personalized aluminum fast superyachts.
Baglietto’s traditional family feeling
Another key inspiration were the sleek lines of Baglietto’s historical production, real trend setters in nautical design: iconic boats like the Pachamama, the Monokini (which won the Compasso d’Oro award in 2016) or RUSH, last year’s WSA winner.
The FAST50 retains the unmistakable family feeling of her predecessors while adding ‘quotes’ from the new course that the brand has undertaken starting with the T52. The design of the stern, in particular, draws on some of the innovative elements introduced in the more traditional line: developing on 2 levels, with the gunwale folding to convert into a swimming platform, the aft area is perfect to enjoy life in close contact with the sea, also thanks to the sunbeds in the form of chaise longues that offer an exclusive, breathtaking view. A transformer replaces the traditional passerelle, flawlessly preserving the yacht’s elegant line.
Inspired by automotive
From the design of the ventilation ducts to the two fairleads at the stern reminding of sports car exhausts, many are the references to the automotive world on this yacht.
The hull is fitted with limited-draught semi-tunnels ensuring safe cruising even in shallow waters. The first unit in this line is currently under construction at the shipyard, with delivery scheduled for 2026.