Uni­corn

Bagli­etto’s 54-me­tre.

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There’s noth­ing in­her­ently wrong in favour­ing the mod­ish and the new, but there’s some­thing to be said for a dash of her­itage. It gives an an­ces­tral magic to any­thing it touches, proper roots and foun­da­tions against the fly­away charms of the con­tem­po­rary. Mod­ern-day ship­yards don’t do her­itage any bet­ter than Bagli­etto. Founded by the teenage Pi­etro Bagli­etto, who started build­ing boats in his back gar­den, the yard’s roots go back to 1854. To put it in con­text, that was when Bri­tain, France and the Ot­tomans were at war with the Rus­sian Empire, Charles Dar­win was five years from pub­lish­ing On the Ori­gin of Species and it was 14 years be­fore Ma­hatma Gandhi was born. The mod­ern world was an age away when Bagli­etto started in this busi­ness, mak­ing it a name to con­jure with.

While fi­nan­cial grem­lins are no re­specter of her­itage, it does at­tract en­tre­pre­neur­ial an­gels. Part of Be­ni­amino Gavio’s Gavio Group since 2012, Bagli­etto has been on some­thing of a come­back trail. The prom­ises of a few years ago are be­ing ful­filled, and the yard is in rude health if the 54-me­tre Uni­corn is any­thing to go by.

Uni­corn’s hull is based on a tried-and-trusted 53-me­tre hull (the 2009 Baraka and the 2007 Gi­tana), de­signed by long-time Bagli­etto col­lab­o­ra­tor Francesco Paszkowski. The plat­form may have first been seen the best part of a decade ago, but Paszkowski has re­vis­ited el­e­ments of the styling, most no­tice­ably with the for­ward-rak­ing bridge windows, which adds a sense of se­ri­ous­ness and pur­pose to the yacht. A key fea­ture aft is the beach club, an area that suc­ceeds be­cause the ten­ders are now stored on the fore­deck.

“Uni­corn is the nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion of the Bagli­etto 53, which our studio de­signed for the boat­yard so many

years ago,” says Francesco Paszkowski. “But we have made some sig­nif­i­cant changes to up­date her. Those wheel­house windows are quite dif­fer­ent, rak­ing for­wards in­stead of aft. We’ve also re­vised the space aft on the up­per deck, which now has a quite dif­fer­ent lay­out. The roll-bar was re­designed and fea­tures a dif­fer­ent shape, serv­ing as the ‘roof’ of the sun­deck. We’ve also changed the shape of the su­per­struc­ture for­ward to ac­com­mo­date the hood for ten­ders and a crane. More­over, the height of the gun­wales on the main deck has been re­duced some­what to al­low wider windows in the liv­ing ar­eas. Some other de­tails of the su­per­struc­ture were slightly modified, in keep­ing with the fam­ily feel­ing of the cur­rent Bagli­etto range.”

For a fam­ily group on board, the spa­cious beach club is a won­der­ful space to spend an ac­tive few hours, with the tran­som door open­ing on to a well-ap­pointed gym, with the mov­able fur­ni­ture pro­vid­ing a good deal of flex­i­bil­ity, whether you want to sit in the shaded area or sun­bathe on the swim plat­form.

It’s to be ex­pected that the guest ex­pe­ri­ence is the num­ber one pri­or­ity aboard Uni­corn, and you can see this in the in­side spa­ces. The bridge-deck lounge is dom­i­nated by a big screen across the cen­tre­line, and it func­tions al­most en­tirely as a ded­i­cated cinema. The big Ls of sofa close up to cre­ate a cosy evening space for a gen­er­ous num­ber of guests. It’s a won­der­ful spot, and large in­fills mean that it’s im­pos­si­ble not to sprawl lan­guidly here; the first duty of one of the in­side crew each morn­ing will surely be pick­ing out the pop­corn from be­tween the cush­ions af­ter the guests have been en­joy­ing a night at the movies.

The dé­cor in­side this lounge is in pre­dom­i­nantly light and dark colours, but it’s a steely grey that par­tic­u­larly catches the eye – a colour shade used through­out the yacht in the ac­com­mo­da­tion spa­ces. “Uni­corn’s owner

“He wanted some­thing so­phis­ti­cated, rich and dif­fer­ent”

had very clear ideas how his boat in­te­rior should be: so­phis­ti­cated and rich, very dif­fer­ent from other yachts and re­flect­ing his per­sonal taste. He also re­ally en­joyed tak­ing part in the de­sign process,” says Francesco.

The in­te­rior de­sign was cre­ated in co-op­er­a­tion with Margherita Casprini, who works closely with the Paszkowski studio. The im­por­tant woods in­side are black-coloured oak with a gloss fin­ish for the walls, while pearl-grey oak was used for the floor. Elsewhere, you see black mar­ble in the bath­rooms and a dark grey vel­vet for cur­tains and so­fas. Mir­rors and lac­quered panels were also cho­sen for the ceil­ings. “The use of dark colours and the choice of pre­cious ma­te­ri­als en­sures a uni­form de­sign ev­ery­where on board,” says Francesco.

The main-deck lounge is con­ven­tional in lay­out, with a so­cia­ble seat­ing area, and a din­ing ta­ble for­ward of that. The light/dark/grey con­trast­ing colour pal­ette works very well with the amount of nat­u­ral light that comes in, which mir­rors help to re­cir­cu­late. It also cre­ates a sharply cooler feel com­pared to the heat of the decks. For­ward on the main deck is the quirky owner’s suite. The of­fice area is con­ven­tional enough but the bed is lo­cated off the cen­tre­line to port, and there is a cu­ri­ous cir­cu­lar seat­ing/re­clin­ing area with a cres­cent of a screen around it.

Out­side, the yacht is equally blessed with guest­friendly spa­ces. The bridge-deck aft is sim­ply laid out with an oval ta­ble un­der the sun­deck over­hang and seat­ing aft, but it works very well. “The space out­side on the up­per deck is one of my favourite places on the boat,” says Francesco. “It is a wide and se­cluded space where you can spend time in the open air, al­though it’s as well pro­tected as if you were in­side. More­over, the con­tem­po­rary lay­out of the fur­ni­ture cre­ates a re­ally com­fort­able feel­ing.”

“The use of dark colours and pre­cious ma­te­ri­als cre­ates a uni­form de­sign”

A deck up on the sun­deck, guests have per­haps even more choice, with a bar area, din­ing around the shel­tered ta­ble to port, so­cia­ble seat­ing around an L-shaped sofa, and the vast area of sun­bathing pads around the hot-tub aft. It’s a space that will cater for guests what­ever mood they are in.

The lower deck, served by the lift that rises to the bridge deck, boast three guest dou­bles and a twin, with the for­ward pair and aft pair all-but mir­ror­ing each other in vol­ume. Through­out, the styling vibe matches that of the ac­com­mo­da­tion ar­eas above, mak­ing for a cool and re­lax­ing feel.

Uni­corn, which will make her pub­lic de­but at the Monaco Yacht Show in Septem­ber (along with the Paszkowski-de­signed Bagli­etto 46M Fast), only went in the water in June, so there hasn’t been much time for her to get many cruising miles un­der her hull, though the early in­di­ca­tions are that she’ll de­liver on her prom­ise. Mean­while, Paszkowki’s work with the Bagli­etto con­tin­ues apace. “With Uni­corn I wanted to in­tro­duce some of the de­sign el­e­ments of the cur­rent Bagli­etto style. She can be con­sid­ered a link be­tween the suc­cess­ful 53 and the new gen­er­a­tion of Bagli­etto dis­place­ment yachts,” he says.

And the fu­ture for the yard is cer­tainly as bright as it has been for a gen­er­a­tion, and that is par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to Bagli­etto stal­wart Francesco Paszkowski. “I’ve been work­ing with Bagli­etto since 1992, when I de­signed my very first boat and my first Bagli­etto – the Opus 1, a 29-me­tre,” he says. “The yard has al­ways re­sponded to the needs of own­ers, which have changed a lot over the years. This is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of the yard. I’d be sur­prised if they change this ap­proach af­ter so many years of boat­build­ing.”

If Uni­corn is any­thing to go by, Bagli­etto’s ap­proach is right on track. SYW

Through­out, the styling makes for a cool and re­lax­ing feel

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