Cantiere Navale Italia debuts with “Baby” tender

Cantiere Navale Italia is a new shipyard from Italy, entering the international nautical business with a range of yachts 43 to 90 feet entirely built in aluminum. Spring 2015 sees the launch of the tender, designed by Luca Dini and named “Baby”.

Cantiere Navale Italia is born in La Spezia from the intuition of a team of young entrepreneurs whose idea was clear ever since: to develop and launch a “niche, R&D focused” product, at top in terms of build quality, materials, hi-tech and customization. The christening is on a boat destined to be a head-turner:  a 13-meter tender entirely made in aluminum, with a peculiar look both sporty and elegant.


Renowned designer Luca Dini is the father of this boat whose design is all about the hull, both below and above the waterline. The shipyard decided to go for aluminum as it’s a noble and resistant material, and it will be the first choice for the target customers: expert and competent boaters who look for a reliable product, result of much research and technical expertise. Aluminum combines stiffness with lightness, allowing to install smaller engines for lower consumption without hindering performance.

The V planing hull features a 16.8° deadrise and has been designed with  Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) design method, to define the shape and reckon resistance and performance. According to Luca Dini this Baby it’s a “fighter jet with no wings. A boat with perfect proportions, sporty, powerful and efficient thanks to her top technology”.

The elegant lines are characterized by the absence of any detail or accessory above the deck surface: they’re all conveniently hidden in dedicated recesses. The dashboard is peculiar as well: a unique, smooth piece, the wheel being the only detail to come out. The technology features much innovation thanks to domotics, in order to give owners the freedom to run their boat with no crew.

The foredeck is dedicated to seating space with tables and couches, while the aft cockpit hosts a large, walk-around sun bed. The hard top is an element both of functionality and style. The colors of the hull will be made exclusively  for Cantiere Navale Italia.


The inner layout consists of a large double cabin, a separate heads with shower box, and a full galley cabinet. “Baby” is intended to be not just a tender, but also a weekender for a couple.

Performance is on two diesel stern-driven Yanmar, 370HP each, for a top speed in the area of 45 knots. Here’s the main tech specs: Length overall 13 mt (42 ft 7 in); beam 3.8 mt (12 ft 5 in); full load displacement 7700 Kg; fuel tank 1000 lt (264 US gal); passengers 12.

Cantiere Navale Italia plans to launch Baby in early Spring 2015, later followed by a 57 feeter. The product development plan talks of an offer of products ranging from 43 to 90 feet when at operating speed.

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