In mid November, under the skies of southern Italy, Cantieri di Baia (Baia) launched the first superyacht built in Campania by a Neapolitan shipyard, the Baia One Hundred. The lines of the One Hundred were created by the 100% Italian design and engineering team of Baia (concept), Carlo Galeazzi (styling), and Alberto Ascenzi (engineering).
This project shows the evolution of Baia’s classic fast “Open Cruiser” models that have combined strong sporting lines with open layouts to offer supreme luxury and comfort. This new sporty superyacht is built to RINA Standards and is classified in the “Charter Class - Short Range." To better guarantee high performance her propulsion system consists of 2 x 2430 Hp MTU diesel engines with Arneson drive transmission. In this configuration, her top speed is 40 knots. Cruising at 37 knots her range is 500 nautical miles. Owners may choose other propulsion configurations that could boost her top speed to 50 knots.
The consideration given to the One Hundred's expected high performance and handling is revealed in her hull design, which features the unique lines of a modified V-shape that creates superior performance, comfort, and handling. The type and shape of the hull structure was designed specifically to create a single solid body form that would react uniformly and consistently to the mechanical stresses caused by high speeds and different sea conditions. The construction of the hull, which maximizes the use of sandwich structures along the sides and bottom planking, results in more spacious onboard living and entertaining areas.
Intentional to the One Hundred design, her heavier weight (80 ton displacement) creates a superyacht that better grips the water surface to reduce the rising angles of a flat bottom and prevents harsh impact of the hull on the water surface at higher speeds. Notably, the hull’s flat bottom reduces specific resistance above 35 knots, guaranteeing faster performance, response and handling. The hull lamination includes Kevlar hybrid fabrics and glass to better ensure a robust structure to resistant to the impact of the hull on varying sea conditions.
A reasonable concern of similarly-sized high performance superyachts is noise and vibration. With the One Hundred, particular attention was given to onboard comfort by carefully engineering out noises or vibrations that could resonate through her structures and compartments. The designers made effective use of partitioning bulkheads, insulation, and floating floors to minimize and eliminate noises and vibrations under most conditions, either anchored or underway.
The concept of indoor/outdoor superyachting has taken a large step forward with the One Hundred, as guests are certain to appreciate the crystal-like superstructure making the conventional superyacht hardtop disappear and ultimately blur the boundaries between the outside with the inside.
First, the bow and stern are connected via large side walkways providing unfettered access to the dual lavish al fresco living spaces on the main deck. The living/dining area of the main salon, providing comfortable dining for up to eight guests, was made possible by the creative use of a thin windshield that created the extra space, providing additional comfort and luxury not found in similarly sized yachts.
From the main salon, the designers have created innovative ways to move forward and aft along the main deck. Moving forward from the main salon is through an inventive passageway that gracefully opens upward to the fore deck. Moving aft from the main salon there is a similarly clever foldaway door that opens to the huge aft deck. The aft deck is nearly covered by the hard top and is equipped with plush sofas, ample seating, a dining table and entertainment area.
The furnishings and styling's of the living, dining, and entertaining spaces of this superyacht are subtle, natural, and clean. There are comfortable accommodations for 8 guests in four guest staterooms which all feature en suite private baths. The owner's full-beam stateroom is located amidships featuring a queen-sized bed, vanity, and intimate lounge area. Forward are two guest cabins with twin beds, and at the bow is the VIP guest stateroom fitted with a queen-sized bed and additional seating.
At the stern there are the crews quarters featuring two double cabins and two berths with private baths. It is here, joining the crews quarters, is the fully equipped galley, capable of preparing the most elegant meals for the guests of the 100% Italian creation, the Baia One Hundred.