With great satisfaction we have presented the first new boat MV 13 Baglietto, evolution of the famous MAS, to Lapo Elkann.
For over a year our Company have been engaged by the Major Brokers to Survey many Boats of different Brends as Azimut, Atlantis, Magellano from 44″ to 100″ before that the units are Shipped to their final destination (Stati Uniti, Asia, Canada e Mexico, etc..).Our survey have been ask by the Clients, to improve the already good quality of the Boats, that need to be brougth it to an higher level, that let them increase their busniss and their Clients satisfaction, that they will receive the Boats with no problem or with the presence of these reduced to the minimun.The Surveyes are based in check the Hull and Superstucture, the Gel Coat and Paint, the trough Hull passages and the Varnishing, all the Windows and Oblò and their watertighness and waterproff capability, the furntiures installation their functionality and verify that there are no defects on essences and varnishing, test and functionality of all systems and equipment installed on Board. At the end is carried out sea trials to test the performance and functionality of the Engines, Rudders, Thrusters, Fin or Gyro Stabilzer and all the navigational instruments.
A new interesting refit we have done in the spring of 2013 is on a sailing boat, the JONGERT of 22 meters built in the 80′s by the famous Dutch shipyards. A marinae boat, very good for making ocean crossings, built entirely of reinforced steel with aluminum shaft. The boat was presenting thinning and corrosion of plating and it was therefore necessary to partially replace it. We proceeded with an analysis of the thickness of the sheet metal of the hull and the subsequent mapping of areas detected at low values.
Most of the areas of corrosion corresponded to the leveling cement present in the bilges and the areas concerned to the replacement of the plate corresponded to areas fully furnished.
We then proceeded in this way :
Removed all the machinery in the engine room,
Removed all either metallic or wooden planking.
Removed all the furnishings at the waterline, from the zone of the owner and crew cabins in the bow.
In the meantime it was dismantled the existing teak deck to proceed to sandblasting and priming of the steel deck.
Tracked zones of replacement of the sheet, we then proceeded to cut the plating corroded and related structures concerned.
After having welded the new sheet and make any necessary X-rays relative at the view for the RINA expert, we started blasting all the inner sheets of the plating cycle and applied suitable bilge. Similarly, the hull was completely sandblasted and applied a great cycle hull with two coats of antifouling.
We started the installation of all machinery in the engine room and the new construction of all plumbing and installation of the furniture removed.
On deck the work continued in the grouting of the bridge and sticking the new teak deck pre- assembled in carpentry .
After the tires of the comments of the bridge all the rigs on the deck were refitted, rails, eyebolts, stanchions etc. .
Every fan coils were replaced, refrigerators compressors and kitchen were fully rebuilt.
This activity was quite complex and lasted from March to June 2013.
Luckily I had the chance to take a survey on the famous vintage yachts “La Spina” built in 1929 in the prestigious shipyard Baglietto in Varazze, an historic gem unique in the world! “La Spina” is the first yacht of 12 meters international tonnage built in Italy, which was awarded by the Italian Sailing Federation with the “vela number 1″. Only fifty years later the “vela number 2″ was assigned to “Azzurra”.
This is not a simple boat. It is a significant piece of the history of the Italian yachting . The launch of La Spina in 1929, was not only a bold and challenging sports project up to that times almost exclusively of British, American and Scandinavian firms, but also posed a challenge and a cultural evolution of a social class looking for a place in the complex process of nation-building. The races between 12 meters are not only prestigious sporting events, but also important social gatherings attended by members of various royal houses. So it was that the Marquis Spinola, Admiral of the Royal Navy, entrusted the shipyard Baglietto in Varazze the burden and honor to make the first 12 meters of international tonnage ever built in the Mediterranean sea. The specifications imposed by the tonnage limits blend with the needs of the owner, not willing to sacrifice the habitability and comfort of the interior, combining fashion and glamor to sporting passion. The result is a speedboat with the qualities of a boat cruise, where impeccable and refined interior accommodations are combined with a very fine hull lines. The extreme flexibility of this vessel, the result of the vision of the owner, has allowed over the years to put aside the “racer” soul for the benefit issue of “cruiser”, becoming a yacht on which found place many personality of international society such the Prince of Piemonte Umberto of Savoy.
After several changes of ownership at the end of the twentieth century was pulled dry and abandoned on the Spanish coast, at the mercy of the weather, suffered a sharp decline. In 2005 a careful restoration work was taken by the most skilled shipwrights. The intent is to recover the boat both structurally then philologically, bringing the sailing back to 12 m. S.I.
The restoration work was completed in 2008, nearly eighty years after its construction, La Spina is then enrolled to the Italian vintage yacht, receiving the new certificate of international tonnage. It ‘amazing how all the missing details have been rebuilt so then the first impression when getting on board is to be in another time, a blast from the past.
I was requested to install a bimini top, closed also in the rear part, on a sofa built specifically at stern, on an approx. 40-meters long yacht. The sizes of the bimini top are approx. 4 meters in width and 3 meters in height. The problems that must be solved in this case are:
1) how can I use such a big bimini top when it’s windy? (it’s always windy at sea)
2) how can I maintain my privacy? (this prevents to build the rear part in perforated material)
These matters have been solved as follows: the bimini top was built with white acrylic material, oval openings have been made in the rear part, strengthening the cutting edges. Fabric strips have been applied in the external rear part, sewn only in the upper part. This way, the bands cover the opening in case there is no wind, and in case of wind, these open up just enough to release the air pressure on the fabric.
As you can see from the photographs, the result is fairly good at an aesthetic level, and the solution works perfectly also in case of strong wind.