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Baia 43′ One

One-Track Mind: Relax…it’s just sex.

February 21, 2007
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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. Even the name is brazen.

The One’s cockpit measures nearly 18′-by-13′ and the manufacturer uses every inch 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 46.5 mph and handles like, well, an Italian sports car.

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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.

Low Points: Indicators for the trim tabs should be placed together instead of on opposite sides of panel. Needs a small glovebox at the helm. Watch the sharp aft corners of the windshield. All that sex appeal and no area big enough for two people to…uh…sleep.

Toughest Competitors: Direct competitors to a boat with similar propulsion and such an open design are rare, but there are two that come close. Sunseeker’s Superhawk 43 retails for $777,600 with the same power as the Baia and hits a projected top speed of 57 mph thanks to its twin-stepped bottom. A little different in its configuration, Nor-Tech’s 43 Center Console ($630,000 with the same power as our test boat) hits 67 mph, but it’s much narrower at 9′ and its layout is more of a pure center console. Neither matches the Baia for sex appeal, however.

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rpm knots mph gph naut. mpg stat. mpg n. mi. range s. mi. range run angle sound level
900 6.9 7.9 3.3 2.1 2.4 543 625 1 74
1200 7.8 9.0 6.9 1.1 1.3 296 340 2 77
1500 8.4 9.7 13.1 0.6 0.7 168 193 3 78
1800 8.8 10.1 14.5 0.6 0.7 158 182 4 79
2100 19.7 22.7 18.4 1.1 1.2 280 322 4 87
2300 28.8 33.1 24.7 1.2 1.3 304 350 4 92
2700 33.2 38.2 34.1 1.0 1.1 254 292 2 86
3000 38.0 43.7 43.9 0.9 1.0 226 260 2 91
3400 40.4 46.5 46.1 0.9 1.0 229 263 2 90

LOA: 43’9″

Beam: 15’2″

Draft: 2’3″

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Displacement: (lbs., approx.) 24,250

Transom deadrise: 17°

Bridge clearance: 10’6″

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Max. cabin headroom: 6’1″

Fuel capacity (gal.): 290

Water capacity (gal.): 97

Price (w/standard power): $606,560

Price (w/test power): $606,560

STANDARD POWER Twin 473-bhp Yanmar 6LY3M ETP in-line-6 diesel inboards with Arneson ASD-10 surface drives.

OPTIONAL POWER None.

TEST BOAT POWER Twin 473-bhp Yanmar 6LY3M ETP in-line-6 diesel inboards and Arneson ASD-10 surface drives with 354 cid, swinging 28″ x 42″ six-bladed ss props through 2.5:1 reductions.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items) Bruce anchor; electronic windlass w/foot and remote controls; engine compartment fire extinguisher; auto./manual bilge pumps; trim tabs w/joysticks and indicators; hydraulic steering; vacuum-flush commode; cockpit bar w/sink, barbecue, cooler drawers; forward stateroom w/ V-bunks; GPS/chartplotter; depthsounder; magnetic compass.

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