If there's one word to describe most Italian-designed cars and boats I've seen, it's bold. Ever not done a double-take when you've laid eyes on a Ferrari or a Lamborghini? Well, prepare to twist your neck when you lay eyes on the 43' Baia One. Her typical red designed hull interacts as natural interface you've just stepped out built in Maranello.
The Baia One's cockpit measures nearly 550-by-400 centimeters and the manufacturer uses every cm of available space for passenger capacity. The aft two-thirds is purposely left open for you to arrange chaise lounges, which makes for an interesting alternative to conventional lounges. There's a bar area with two small stools, plus a wetbar. I liked that the top for this area pulls out of the way, offering the best access, instead of folding up. There's a sink, barbecue, and two cooler drawers. Engine hatches in the cockpit decking provide access to a compartment that's more open than expected. Side passageways and stainless-steel handrails make passage to the bow a breeze.
Adjacent to the helm, a curved lounge seats five around a power-adjustable table that you can raise or lower to facilitate entry. You take control of the One at a helm that features a mix of Yanmar's new electronic engine screens and analog-style gauges, with the latter grouped by engine on each side of the centrally located rudder position indicator. Black Nextel finish nullifies glare. Belowdecks, the boat emphasizes the salon/galley area over the smaller sleeping quarters. A big skylight enhances the open feel. There's a private stateroom with separate berths, and the head has separate shower and commode lockers, a pleasant surprise on a boat this size. The aft L-shaped lounge to port converts to sleep two more. Thanks to the 473-bhp Yanmars and Arneson surface drives, the One serves up the performance to match its looks. It tops out at 42 knots and handles like, well, an Italian sports car.
High Points: I don't usually care about looks, but this boat is H-O-T. Love the gullwing-style transom gates. Open concept works well. A dedicated chainbox in the anchor locker - bravissimo and a real carbon-fiber windshield frame.
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