The launch of the first vessel in the Francesco Paszkowski Design-penned Fast line at the Baglietto yard in La Spezia on Saturday, May 7, was an emotional celebration indeed.
The 46-metre splashed during a magnificently atmospheric sunset ceremony attended not only by the usual official representatives (the city’s mayor, Massimo Federici, Confindustria La Spezia chairwoman Francesca Cozzani, prefect Mauro Lubatti, La Spezia Port Authority chairman Lorenzo Forcieri and Senator Massimo Caleo), but also the yard’s staff and their families whose delight was palpable as the boat touched the water. Before the launch took place Baglietto’s general manager Michele Gavino made a short speech:
“The 46-metre Fast we’re launching here today is a major milestone and joins the other planing models built on new hulls,” he said. “This boat was built entirely in La Spezia. Everything from its design to its construction took place here, a testament to an engineering and innovational challenge that involved all the contractors in the La Spezia nautical area. I would like to thank all the staff that worked on this project: it’s a real triumph of engineering and design. Only very few companies anywhere in the world are capable of producing work like this. A ship with a top speed of almost 28 knots and range of 2,400 nautical miles with over 300 square metres of space available to her 12 guests”.
As Michele Gavino was speaking, the workers were busy figuring out the best trajectory for the champagne bottle which ultimately smashed effortlessly on the starboard anchor.
Also lined out alongside the 46 Fast were Pachamama, Beniamino Gavio’s 43-metre Fast and Unicorn, the 54-metre displacement yacht just splashed for a Dutch owner. Both vessels saluted the launch of the 46 Fast with a volley of siren blasts.
The 46m FAST project focuses specifically on open deck space to optimise guests’ contact with the sea both underway and at anchor – the perfect way to enjoy the company of a group of friends or family al fresco. The aft section of the upper deck is very much a large sea-facing terrace, a wonderful expanse of teak that accommodates a large table and equally generous sunning area. The maxiyacht’s interiors were penned by Paszkowski and architect Margherita Casprini. They offer generous volumes far beyond the norm in a planing yacht of these dimensions.
Warm rose wood alternates with cooler white painted wooden ceilings and wainscoting lending the yacht a refined, elegant contemporary chic. The classical layout reveals four guest staterooms, all en suite, on the lower deck as well as an owner’s suite on the main deck that incorporates an office, dressing room and bathroom also. There is a comfortable saloon on the upper deck with a conversation area, in addition to the captain’s cabin and bridge. The crew quarters, comprising four two-berth cabins, one single and a mess, are on the lower deck.
Built entirely from aluminium, the yacht can make 28 knots at full throttle courtesy of twin MTU 16V4000s and is on Lloyd’s Register of Shipping as well as complying with international MCA requirements.