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June 2003

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article by
Fabio Petrone

state of the art galleys for luxury yachts

Merit for the international success of Italian production in the luxury yachts sector must certainly go to our shipyards. However, also involved and achieving success is a series of firms that contribute to making Italian luxury yachts more and more beautiful and desirable.

The overall standards achieved for our yachts, in fact, depend on a whole range of resources, particularly concerning fittings and equipment, that contribute to the characterisation of these boats in terms of both quality and design. An example is Schiffini Mobili Cucine S.p.A., historical and renowned producers of modular kitchens for the domestic environment which for some years now, through its division Schiffini Marine, has been collaborating with the most important Italian builders of large boats: Azimut/Benetti, Sanlorenzo, Baglietto etc. For luxury yachts they produce top quality galleys, certainly appreciated by yacht-owners for their design but also approved by the crews for their functionality, toughness and complete range of accessories. The strong point of the present production of galleys for luxury yachts is a revolutionary system of constructing the "hulls" of the furniture. Called the ALSystem, it is one of a kind and involves the use of structures entirely produced in natural anodised aluminium with various components assembled mechanically. As well as being unquestionably light, ALSystem has several other important advantages which make it a really avant-garde product: the structure is completely devoid of materials degradable through the time and is extremely hygienic, non-toxic, waterproof, fire-resistant and has an almost unlimited life. Designed by great architects and designers like Vico Magistretti, with whom Schiffini has worked since 1965, these special galleys are produced by ultra-modern production processes such as CAD-CAM computerised technology which, as well as applying maximum precision to workmanship, with zero tolerance, guarantees personalization for all the elements produced so that each galley is really custom-made for each boat. This article on the topic was prompted by the design of a new galley made following the indications of the architect Paszkowski, who is about to fit out a new 42 metre Baglietto.

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