The Bahamas has always been a stunning South Pacific destination for superyachts. With its fascinating island formations of dramatic volcanic rocks surrounded by icing sugar sand and bright blue water, it is hard not to feel captivated by this small group of islands. In October 2019, Hurricane Dorian changed it all. Her winds of up to 185 miles per hour struck the Bahamas and were recorded as the most intense tropical cyclone to strike the area. Photo: @seefromtheskyThe damage that natural catastrophes can cause resonates with the superyacht industry, as the majority of yachting community has gotten to know these parts of the world and have the means to not only visit, but to help. Taking action is Italian shipyard Baglietto, who is reaching out as part of a humanitarian initiative to those affected most by the hurricane on Abaco island. In tribute to the island, Baglietto together with Milan-based design and architecture studio Santa Maria Magnolfi have presented a new 40-metre superyacht concept: Abaco. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the first project will be gifted to the reconstruction of Abaco island. Photo: Baglietto SpaThe La Spezia-based shipyard was inspired by the idea of living and fully enjoying the sea and the late author Joseph Conrad, who once said that “true peace (...) begins in that place, a thousand miles from the nearest land.” Together with Santa Maria Magnolfi, this vision has been brought to life through innovative, modern and robust lines, many open spaces and a generous interior volume. Ideal for sailing in shallow waters, motor yacht Abaco is the perfect vessel to enjoy the Bahamas.
Presented for the first time during the 60th Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, the design of the new superyacht is suited to take all those on board up close with the natural wonders of the Bahamas. Guests can make use of the 170 square metres of exterior space across the upper deck, sun deck and bow area for a front-row seat to watch the show of nature when cruising or to spy on nearby wildlife when at anchor.
Photo: Baglietto SpaThe main deck can be stretched to over 120 square meters of outdoor spaces, harmoniously connected to the stern, where the cockpit and the beach club join in a single space. Here, and with direct contact to the sea, there is an infinity pool and a comfortable sunbathing area which can also accommodate a dining area for up to 16 guests. With a variety of outdoors, every guest’s need for long conversations, al-fresco lunches or hours of sunbathing, can be satisfied.
“Out at sea, you have a never-ending beach. But everyone still looks at every single detail of the beach area on board a superyacht – so this is why it was important to have a great space for this on Abaco, especially because we know so many go to the Bahamas for the winter,” comments Michele Gavino, Baglietto CEO. Going forward from the beach club, a bar and living space can be fully opened if required thanks to floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to emanate a winter garden - a fine and modern evolution of standard exterior spaces.
Photo: Baglietto SpaInside, the main saloon is still seamlessly connected to the outdoors through large sliding doors and ample windows, both aft and sides. The interior design of Abaco is an extension of the exterior and gives an exotic touch, with natural materials and bright tones with teak, straw, raffia, linen and tropical woods showcased throughout. Photo: Baglietto SpaThere is room for up to ten guests on board Abaco across five staterooms - four of which are situated on the lower deck. The owner’s suite on the main deck comes complete with an office and his-and-hers bathrooms. The crew area and crew mess are also on the lower deck, at the bow. Photo: Baglietto SpaAbaco also includes a garage that can store a six-metre tender and a forward garage for a rescue tender or toys. While Baglietto is also envisioning a hybrid solution, Abaco’s current twin CAT C32 ACERT D engines allow her to reach up to 17.5 knots and cruise at 12 knots.
To find out more about the Abaco concept, contact Baglietto directly via the details found below.
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