By Dag Pike

Italian superyacht-builder Baglietto has completed a major expansion programme that will enable it to build and refit a new generation of larger yachts.

After paying €20m for the decaying Cantieri Ferrari yard, current owner the Gavio Group has invested a further €20m upgrading the facilities. The most visible part of this investment is a major new construction hall that will enable yachts of up to 65m in length to be built under cover.

A second, smaller hall has also been completed so that the yard now has the capability of building 12 large yachts under cover at the same time. In addition there is a covered basin that can accept yachts up to 120m for refit and repair work. Sections of the hard standing, which is served by a 700-tonne travel hoist, have been rebuilt. These facilities at the yard, which extends for 3,200sq m, now mean that the Baglietto is one of the most modern yards in Italy.

A 46m and a 43m yacht have just been completed and the yard currently has another five yachts under construction ranging from 43m-55m. New projects under development include a 62m yacht as well as designs for the fast yachts that have been the mainstay of Baglietto production in the past.

Part of the Baglietto heritage has also been the building of military craft and the owner of the yard, Beniamino Gavio, comments: “We are seeking to renew our connections with the military and we are drawing up plans for a range of military designs, smaller ones in the 11m-12m range and larger craft between 20m-35m. The military and the yacht-building sectors are equally demanding customers and we have the skills to meet those demands.”

The focus of the Baglietto yard is on steel and aluminium construction. At present there are around 50 employees at the yard, with much of the fit-out work being done by sub-contractors.

“All of the aluminium and steel is cut by CNC machines outside the yard and brought in ready sized and shaped for assembly. This helps to speed up construction times and enables specialist equipment to be used for the cutting,” said Raffaella Daino, head of communications and marketing at Baglietto.

“The yard is also prepared to undertake refit work, which can help to smooth out the highs and lows of new construction work. We are currently refitting a Baglietto built in the 1990s for a discerning owner.”