"Never would I have imagined that in just a few years we would have completed five models. Even when yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni put forward the idea for the second, I said, 'Mamma mia...'"
Gino Pagliano was refreshingly frank, honest and amusing when he presented the Abacus 78 at the Genoa Boat Show, in a meeting with journalists on the aft deck of the craft.
"Our company is progressing one step at a time. We prefer to move forward gradually, taking steps ahead when we are ready. We prefer to work in such a way as to achieve utmost quality, and an example of this is the fact that all our yachts are made in iso-polyester, offering greater guarantees of structural rigidity."
Pagliano went on, "We are conscious of the fact that we are newcomers in the yachting sector, but nonetheless we have produced 5 models in 7 years. I am proud to be able to say that we have 70 employees, and that none of them have had to be laid off. We also have a zero accidents record. We have always been able to honour our debts, and we have paid all our suppliers punctually. At the same time, it is part of our policy not to have a lot of capital invested in boats waiting in the boatyard.
Pagliano went on to describe the future for Abacus. "Presently we are building a new boatyard with a launch facility. Now that we have reached a range of five models, we feel ready to approach the market with complete confidence. And we currently have the Abacus 108 on the drawing board." Pagliano then introduced Fulvio De Simone, the architect and yacht designer who created all the Abacus boats, describing the importance of De Simone's contribution to the company and its development.
"Gino Pagliano is a man driven by incredible passion," said De Simoni, "and after an initial moment of surprise, he accepted my statement that instead of just one yacht, he had to envisage a range of boats. This is important because a boat owner naturally wishes to progress to a larger model after having enjoyed his first possession, and smaller entry level boats are needed to attract newcomers to the brand. Now we can say that the range is complete, but it is true that up until today, the brand has not been promoted at all. Its success has been determined purely by personal recommendations. But today, this is not sufficient: modern marketing requires visibility in a range of media, particularly considering the circumstances: we are not in the healthiest economic climate."
De Simoni went on to describe the design approach for the Abacus 78. "The yacht is sophisticated and classical, without excess. The bow is shaped normally, with none of the latest fads such as reverse slope. The industrialization of the design was an important part of the work performed on the boat, and this made it possible to attain an overall weight that is about ten tonnes less than similar competitors. The extensive use of counter-dies helped ensure excellent detailing in areas that are often overlooked, and the excellent craft skills of company staff enabled remarkable levels of finish to be attained. Abacus is basically a crafts-based, hand-building shipyard, and this means that it has to work on large boats. Yachts under 50 feet are not feasible because they would not be able to compete with industrial concerns, such as Bavaria, that mass-produce yachts of that size."
De Simoni has succeeded in creating a boat with slim and attractive lines, without compromising interior comfort and space. The flybridge is relatively low and discreet, with a rigid canopy. An interesting feature is the C-shaped settee and table on the bow sundeck, useful above all when moored in harbour and the occupants wish to have a little privacy. The main saloon incorporates the command console, dinette and main saloon, with further design content provided by Cassina settees by Piero Lissoni, and Caprice chairs by Philippe Starck. The Abaco lamp and the Argea wall-lamp, both by Venini, have been used in a yacht for the very first time.
The accommodation area below decks is reached by means of a very original staircase in steel and structural plate glass, with built-in optic fibre lighting. There are four double cabins with bathrooms, with the master cabin utilizing the full beam, and lit by two large panoramic windows created by Besenzoni. These can be opened for sea air as well as natural lighting. The crew area is aft, with two single cabins, a bathroom, and a small dinette.
The yacht is powered by two Man 1550 bhp engines, which provide a maximum speed of 33 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots.
Abacus Marine is a shipyard founded in 2003, and it builds flybridge luxury motor yachts of superb design quality. It now has a range of five models, from 54 to 86 feet, and they are all coherent with traditional Italian yacht design based on quality and quality workmanship, while incorporating the latest technology in order to guarantee comfort on board for extended periods of time. With head office in Naples and shipyard in Sicily, it is without doubt a fine expression of contemporary Italian yacht building.
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