Horacio Bozzo is a naval architect from Argentina who moved to Italy, the birthplace of his parents, after graduating from university and set up his own studio, Axis Group Yacht Design, in 1996. He is the designer of two full-custom yachts currently in build in La Spezia, 54m #10231 and 40m #10232, both due for delivery next year. Here he describes the genesis of the two projects and their main characteristics.

I initially developed the general arrangements, exteriorprofiles and main specifications based on detailedbriefs from my clients before asking various shipyards for detailed quotations. Once the bidding was complete, Baglietto emerged as the clear winner.

I first met the owner of the 40m project at the Miami Boat Show. We start discussing his and his family needs and came up with a first layout. He was very involved inevery aspect of the design and we enjoyed a few months working together to get exactly what he wanted

Above: The new 54m yacht in build is just one current project by Argentinian designer Horacio Bozzo.

On top: line sketch of the 40m project #10232

She is a raised pilothouse design with a vertical bow and sporty yet elegant exterior lines. Her unique upper deck layout represents an evolution of the raised pilothouse concept with 260 square metres of exterior spaces, as well as innovative solutions for moving around the yacht. The main deck salon features large glass windows and low bulwarks to increase the outdoor-indoor feeling and perception of space.

We studied the exterior spaces to provide different areas and moods throughout the day. Both the fast displacement hull, which was specially designed by Baglietto for this particular project, and the superstructure are of aluminium for minimum draft to allow the yacht to cruise the shallow waters of the Bahamas.

The owner of the 54m project was introduced to me by Fernando Nicholson from Camper & Nicholsons. I already knew Fernando well having worked together in the past. Together with the shipyard we developed a layout to accommodate the needs of the owner’s large family with two master suites, four guest cabins and numerous spacesdesigned specifically for children. The naval architectureis based on a 54m platform developed in-house by Baglietto that has been thoroughly tank tested at the CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) facility in Rome, achieving very high performance with smaller engines that consume less fuel.

Once again, the owner was heavily involved in every detail of the design, bringing his own ideas and experience to create a truly custom yacht, and like the 40m project she is an all-aluminium build designed for shallow-draft cruising in the Bahamas.

We always like to maintain a close relationship with the interior designers, so although the exterior and initial interior layout of both projects is the work of Axis GroupYacht Design, we worked with Achille Salvagni and Hot Lab, responsible for the interior design of the 40m and 54respectively, to ensure the exteriors and interiors share a similar language.

Because both projects are full-custom yachts developed for clients looking for unique designs, they are very different from what we are accustomed to seeing from Baglietto and I had a lot of in-depth discussions with the shipyard about how best to achieve certain detailsand solutions. As my first collaboration with the Flying Seagull brand, I must say that they have proved a very experienced, competent and friendly team to work with.

So thumbs up to Baglietto!