Custom superyacht shipyard Baglietto, based in La Spezia, Italy, draws from a rich heritage of Italian craftsmanship and innovation.
History of Baglietto Yachts
In 1854, Pietro Baglietto founded a shipwright company in Varazze, Italy, that has borne his name ever since. By the late 1880s, Baglietto had established itself as a popular builder of regatta-winning racing sailboats. One of the yard’s most unusual commissions was for an elegant transport boat for Pope Leo XIII. The elegant 1988 barge was powered by six oarsmen. With the turn of the century, Baglietto added motorboats to its offerings, setting two important records. In 1906, the yard launched Giuseppina, at 22.6 metres the largest combustion engine-powered cruising yacht ever built in Italy, and, around time, prototyped the world’s first hydrofoil craft.
Baglietto, led by Bernardo Baglietto from 1910 to 1951, continued to build diverse and innovative vessels throughout the 20th century. Its reputation for an ability to deliver fast boats exploded with its delivery of fast patrol and anti-submarine vessels during World War I. Along with racing boats, the yard delivered pleasure yachts for illustrious clientele such as the King Alfonso of Spain, Guglielmo Marconi and Giacomo Puccini, who christened his steam yacht Cio-Cio-San. In the post-World War II years, the shipyard launched several popular series, including its innovative M Class flybridge cruising yachts. Now led by Pietro Jr, Baglietto shifted from wood to aluminium construction in the late 1970s and began moving up into the world of superyachts. Always pushing technology, in 1986 the yard launched 26 metre Chato, which reached an astounding 62.50 knots with waterjet propulsion. In the 1980s the yard worked with young designers who have now become legends such as Gianni Zuccon, Alberto Mercati and Aldo Chiccero. Built for an American client, Mercati’s 36 metre Adler opened the yard to the US market. Powered by twin diesels powering steerable water jets and a Textron Lycoming turbine powering a fixed centerline booster, Adler reached a top speed of 36 knots.
The Gavio Group, a major Italian industrial corporation that also owns Cerri Cantieri Navali (CCN), acquired Baglietto in 2012. In 2015, the Gavio Group added Bertram to its holdings. In 2020 the company announced new top management with CEO Diego Michele Diprato brought over from the CCN yard and Fabio Ermetto returning in the role of CCO. New models and a focus on hybrid diesel electric propulsion were also introduced.