In a press conference held today, Baglietto has announced changes in the organization and management and introduced a completely revised product range, confirming two 42 m and 52 m units sold over the last 6 months.
Placing the product back at the heart of activities and relying on new professionals to relaunch a historic brand in an increasingly competitive and constantly evolving market, where technologies will be key to ensure sustainable development in the boating industry, too – this is the mission of the new Baglietto, and the path that, starting at the end of 2020, will lead to the merger of the two yachting brands of the Gavio family, Baglietto and CCN. A significant long-term investment, confirming Gavio’s passion and unaltered interest for the boating sector.
To pursue such an ambitious goal, the majority stakeholder has chosen a much-trusted person, 57-year-old Diego Michele Deprati, who will become Baglietto’s new CEO. Boasting a vast experience in this sector, Deprati had already led Baglietto through the brand acquisition and start-up by the Gavio Group, and then taken into his hands the relaunch of the CCN brand. His appointment to this new position was, therefore, a natural choice, ensuring “revolution and continuity” at the same time. Deprati will be able to rely on an outstanding team at a national and international level: Fabio Ermetto will be the Chief Commercial Officer, Luca Ghirlanda will head Operations, and Guido Penco will be the Technical Director.
Born in 1956, a naval engineer and a university professor with more than 40 years’ experience in the boating industry – 21 of which spent at Baglietto –, Guido Penco has designed Baglietto yachts for the last two decades. His most important task, among others, will be to head the Research & Development department towards a green and environmentally-friendly approach, making an increasingly extensive use of fully-hybrid alternative propulsion systems. On many new Baglietto models – including in the traditionally high-performing lines – hybrid propulsion will indeed be fitted as the standard.
42-year-old Luca Ghirlanda has spent most of his 20-year career working for leading Italian boat builders: first Benetti, where he was Chief Architect, then Sanlorenzo, as Production Director of the megayacht division. His responsibilities will include, above all, pursuing Baglietto’s unmatched product quality at each and all construction stages and ensuring full compliance with the schedule and deadlines specified by the contracts.
49-year-old Fabio Ermetto graduated in naval engineering in the Netherlands. He is a widely recognised and esteemed professional in international boating. He held important positions both in Italy – as CCO at Benetti, where he worked for 10 years, also as the Chairperson of Fraser Yachts – and abroad, where, for 7 years, he was Heesen’s Sales & Marketing Director. In 2017 he became Camper&Nicholsons’ CCO.
“I am very much looking forward to this new challenge – was the new CCO’s statement – Baglietto is a brand that needs no introduction, its history speaks for itself, and I can only be honoured by the trust the Company has placed in me. Our development plans are ambitious, and I am ready to contribute to the growth of this iconic brand”.
Ermetto will be in charge of developing a new product range, aiming at strengthening the brand’s position among the most innovative and technological boat builders on the market, while also respecting its tradition. To help the shipyard achieve this goal, Baglietto has confirmed as its reference designer Francesco Paszkowski, who has captured and given a shape to the brand’s truest soul and unmistakable style for over 20 years.
The brand will be represented by 3 lines: a more “traditional” displacement line (TLine), and two lines of fast, high-performing, extremely innovative yachts (Fast and Superfast).
The displacement TLine, in steel and aluminium, will include models ranging between 52 m and 65 m in length. The shipyard has already sold the first 52 m unit, and a second one is currently being built on speculation and expected to be ready for delivery in spring 2023.
The T52 is a yacht that draws inspiration from Baglietto’s tradition – preserving its most classical stylistic features – but reinterprets it in a modern, contemporary key. In particular, this vessel – below 500 GT – is characterised by significant design innovations both forward and aft. The stern has been completely restyled and is now open, with a beach club on 3 different levels.
The large pool can be “hidden” by an original up/down moving flooring system. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling glazing of the salon ensures a constant contact with the sea even when living indoors. Definitely worth a special mention is the sky lounge on the upper deck, which can be opened on 3 sides, leaving the windows completely concealed. At the bow, a retractable ladder directly connects the sun deck and the upper deck, making the latter a natural extension of the former. The yacht will be equipped with a standard hybrid propulsion system that will allow to choose a more efficient navigation mode, reducing both costs and environmental impact. When cruising in electrical diesel mode, the T52 will have a range of up to 7,600 nm, and will be able to remain at anchor up to 10 hours relying on the batteries only. Her two MTU 16V2000M86 engines, however, will also allow her to reach quite an impressive maximum speed of 17 knots and a range of 3,600 nm in traditional navigation mode.
The FAST and SUPERFAST aluminium lines include models between 40 m and 50 m in length. A 48 m FAST and a 50 m SUPERFAST units, the latter fitted with a water-jet propulsion system, are currently at an advanced design stage. Both models will be below 500 GT.
At a challenging historical time like the one we are going through right now, Baglietto has launched 4 units between 37 m and 54 m over the last 6 months. All were fully-custom projects with new, innovative platforms. Two contracts were also signed, one for a 42 m FAST aluminium yacht – also pencilled by Francesco Paszkowski Design – and one for the first 52 m steel & aluminium TLine yacht. Both vessels will be built for European owners.