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Baglietto’s Tatiana per Sempre — By Alan Harper —
Part 2: Yacht designers know as well as anyone else that a happy crew makes for an efficient ship.
The guest cabins are arranged around a lobby in the center of the accommodation deck—a clean, airy, and unusually spacious area. Nautical purists may argue that the companionway needs a handrail that extends lower than the fifth step, but design purists will probably be content to admire the simplicity of the space as it is. Another clever use of lobby space can be found on the main deck, between the cockpit and saloon: a bar area with sink, ice maker, and stowage for glasses, sandwiched between two sets of sliding glass doors. Open the inner pair, and the bar serves the saloon; close them and open the other set, and the bar becomes part of the cockpit.
Such cleverly thought-out layouts, of course, are designed as much to assist the crew as the guests; yacht designers know as well as anyone else that a happy crew makes for an efficient ship. Notwithstanding the marble in the bathrooms, the crew of Tatiana is likely to be quite content with its three en suite, twin-berth cabins in the bow, while the galley, occupying the forward portion of the main deck, is a lesson in how these things should be done. For starters, it is unusually large, taking up more deck area than the adjacent dining room. A central island contains the sinks and worktop, while the stove and ovens are arranged along the aft bulkhead, with ‘fridges and freezers forward. The crew’s dinette sits to port, with a good-size black leather sofa and extended table. The whole galley area is generously proportioned and efficiently organized. No chef could ask for more.
The captain, too, has no reason to want. His wheelhouse, dead amidships on the upper half deck, is arranged around a single, central helm seat with commanding views forward and to each side, plus a benchseat for crew or visitors behind on the starboard side. The console is broad and well laid-out, and the large flat surface to port, over the main deck corridor below, is usefully employed as the phone and fax station, as well as providing a chart locker under its padded leather top. The corresponding area on the starboard side has been given a most unusual function. Furnished with a comfortable, leather-covered mattress, there is no other word for it: It’s a bed. One hopes the captain won’t get too comfortable when he’s on watch.
A set of steps behind the helm seat leads up to the flying bridge, where there is a duplicate set of controls on the starboard side and a comfortable benchseat to port. Forward of the radar mast, Tatiana has been provided with a big table mounted athwartships, with Summit teak and stainless steel chairs. In the aft section, a long settee runs down the port side, and there are three freestanding teak sunbeds and a coffee table immediately aft. The low, curved Plexiglas partition around the top of the aft steps is an unusual and distinctive touch.
This whole area seems so improbably spacious because the main tender stowage area is forward on the main deck, under a large hydraulic hatch served by a deck-mounted hoist. A second stowage space, big enough for a PWC—but not so big as to steal space from the magnificent engine room—is to be found in the stern.
Baglietto’s fast 34-meter design is an undoubted success. Offering good performance, magnificently sleek looks, and a fully customizable interior—with aluminum construction, just about everything is negotiable—it is deservedly stealing sales from its fiberglass rivals. Four boats in four years may not seem a dramatic work rate to a production boatbuilder, but for a fully custom yard, it is quite impressive. This year, no doubt, the Genoa show will see the unveiling of number five—and I will be first in the queue at the gangplank.
Baglietto ( (39) 0187 59831. www.baglietto.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.