Baglietto’s Tatiana per Sempre — By Alan Harper —
A custom-built express motoryacht proves that an old Italian shipyard can teach a thing or two about series production.
Finding a new 34-meter (112-foot) Baglietto at the Genoa Boat Show, for me at least, is starting to become a habit. Tatiana per Sempre is the fourth in this new line of express motoryachts to emerge from the Varazze shipyard in as many years, a production run which began with Thunderball (2001), continued through My Space (2002), and then Apache (2003). While externally they appear similar enough to be described as sisterships—only the radar masts differ, and all of these aluminum yachts boast 30-knot-plus performance from the same MTU power package—each of their interiors is fully customized and unique.
And each has been memorable, though not always for the reasons their designers might have intended. The starkly minimalist interior of Apache, a triumph of beige, had made such an impression on nearly everyone at the 2003 Genoa show that it was with some trepidation that I marched up the gangplank last October to inspect her younger sister.
I need not have worried. The accommodation areas of Tatiana have been styled by the talented Francesco Paszkowski, who also drew those sleek external lines. It is clear that her Greek owner has modern tastes in interior decor, but not to the exclusion of comfort—whether visual or tactile. So blond oak panelling and luxurious Minotti sofas in the saloon contrast pleasingly with dark wenge tables from Armani Casa. A subtle blue pattern in the wool carpet provides a hint of luxury, while up forward in the dining room, the monolithic seriousness of the dark hardwood table (wenge again) is offset by playful steel and leather chairs.
The three paintings set into the dining room bulkhead, however, being virtually identical in their size (big and square), their content (a single, vertical brushstroke), and in their minimal coloring, seem to be either a misguided attempt at making dinner a time of meditative contemplation or, perhaps, a forgiveable outbreak of pretentiousness in an otherwise beautifully considered interior.
That dining room seats ten, for like its predecessors, Tatiana is a five-cabin yacht. The owner’s suite occupies the aft portion of the lower deck and extends across the full beam of the yacht, with a dressing room on the starboard side and a head and shower compartment to port. The queen-size bed is mounted centrally, and there is a built-in chest of drawers on one side of the cabin and a dressing table on the other. Six portholes let in plenty of daylight, which helps to make this already well-proportioned suite seem even bigger.
The four guest cabins are laid out almost symmetrically. The two midships twin cabins are mirror images of each other, while the two forward cabins nearly are, except for the fact that the port one is a double and the starboard one is a twin. All, of course, have en suite heads. The styling throughout the accommodations area is based on the same pale oak paneling used on the main deck, with beige bedspreads lending little in the way of contrast. Along with the natural teak soles and bulkheads, though, the Ioannina grey marble basins in the heads provide a welcome visual distraction: Their random veins and spots, which one instinctively wants to wipe away, seem calculated to torment the crew. And, in fact, confided Tatiana’s steward, for all its tactile appeal and geological interest, this particular stone is easily stained by toothpaste; perhaps it’s not the best material to use in a bathroom.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.