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May 2004

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
Daniele Carnevali


When we speak of super-yachts we tend usually to emphasise fine construction materials and on-board instrumentation complete with innovative latest generation systems. However, the importance of electrical appliances in the large galleys on these luxurious pleasure boats must not be overlooked. If in the past the galley area was fitted with a few rudimental gas rings for cooking food and little storage space, with the evolution of technology today it is possible to fit out a kitchen complete with oven, microwave, dishwasher and American style fridge even in a difficult space like a boat, where strong vibrations cause big problems for the support of these heavy accessories. The German company Gaggenau produces appliances of a quality that makes them particularly suitable for installation on super-yachts. Gaggenau is backed by a long tradition in the manufacture of household appliances and today is one of the leaders in the sector, offering innovative accessories built to a high standard of quality. Founded by Prince Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden after the Thirty Year War, the factory has evolved over the years, becoming industrialised towards the end of the 19th Century with the production of bicycles, coal and gas ovens and other objects in metal, until it became the property of Georg de Blanquet who was to give life to the modern technique of Gaggenau kitchen after the Second World War.

Products manufactured today by the company are of an indisputable standard, made in stainless steel, aluminium and glass, with surfaces that undergo an anti-scratch treatment thanks to technology using a shower of small glass beads. In the catalogue we find modern built-in dishwashers, induction hobs with cast iron pan supports, various kinds of fridge, traditional and microwave ovens, extractor hoods and cold cellars. These are practical, functional appliances studied rationally to make them simple to use and modern in design. Practicality of use however is not a synonym of simple construction and of products with elementary functions as these are technologically avant-garde accessories, equipped with innovative systems that mean that many functions fundamental to life on-board can be combined in a single element. The new KG 291 hob top, for example, has no less than five gas rings, of which two are normal, two are super rapid and one is wok style, equipped with a device that automatically re-lights the flame should it accidentally go out, electronic regulation and safety feature. The SK 590 fridge-freezer, with its 570-litre capacity, means that huge quantities of food can be stored in a user friendly way thanks to its adjustable glass shelves, roomy drawer, party drawer and fresh food compartment. No-Frost technology maintains a constant temperature inside the fridge, totally eliminating the need for defrosting the freezer. Another example of Gaggenau class is the ED 220 combi-steam oven, enabling food to be cooked both traditionally or steamed in a single, compact appliance. Gaggenau style is the perfect example of how technology and ease of use can exist side by side.

For further information please contact the Italian importer BSH elettrodomestici: via Marcello Nizzoli 1, 20147 Milano; tel. 0241 3361; fax 0241 336700. Check the list of importers and distributors at