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Construction begins on 54m Baglietto Project 231

Italian yard Baglietto has begun construction on its forthcoming 54 metre superyacht Project 231.

The yard posted a number of photos online heralding the arrival of the hull at its La Spezia based facility. It comes after the yard revealed the first rendering of the yacht in January this year.

Sold in summer 2017, the displacement yacht will be built from an aluminium hull and superstructure to Lloyd’s Registry standards. It is due to be launched in 2020.

The rendering confirmed Project 231 will be a tri-deck motor yacht with large expanses of glass in superstructure, suggesting a bright interior. Circular portholes towards the bow add a certain classical allure, while the detail around the saloon hints that a fold-out superyacht balcony will be fitted in this area. A superyacht swimming pool meanwhile will sit forward.

The identity of the designers is still unknown, but the yard previously explained the project will feature a new hull form with the naval architecture having been developed in-house. Her vital statistics include a 10.4 metre beam and a maximum draught of 2.6 metres. The owner also gave the yard a very specific brief in terms of comfort and style.

Michele Gavino, CEO of Baglietto, previously said: “I am very proud of this new build — it rewards the hard work the shipyard has been doing during the last year. We have made a great effort in research and development of a new product range and this special yacht, based on a brand new platform both in terms of engineering and styling, confirms we are following the right directions.”

Baglietto has yet to confirm the engine installation it will provide, but it is understood that this new displacement yacht will be capable of a maximum cruising range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. Further details are few and far between, with the total number of guest and crew cabins still undisclosed.

It comes after the yard launched the second model in its new T-Line 48 series earlier this month. The 47.6 metre displacement yacht, known as hull number 10228, is the sistership to Andiamo.

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