I just read that Baglietto ceases operations in both shipyards. Very sad indeed.... March 29, 2010: LA SPEZIA, ITALY - - The global downturn seems to have claimed another yacht builder: Baglietto. Several different news reports in local Italian newspapers stated last Friday that the yard succumbed to debt. Citta della Spezia reported that workers arrived at the La Spezia facility that morning but were unable to enter, as a liquidator had been appointed on Thursday and was to meet with loan holders to discuss the feasibility of financial restructuring. Another newspaper article stated that Baglietto's second facility in Varazze was also shut down, and that despite Baglietto's holding company presenting a restructuring plan to banks, the plan was rejected. Meanwhile, the newspaper Citta di Genova ran an article beneath the headline “Cantieri Baglietto: The bitter denouement of a Ligurian story.” It traced Baglietto’s long history, beginning with its founding in 1854. The article went on to relate Baglietto’s years of building racing yachts, and its eventual sole focus on megayachts beginning in 1987, with the first one being the 35-meter Adler. None of the articles made mention of the projects that Baglietto anticipated delivering in the next few months. Earlier this month it launched its first Wide Body, the 42-meter (138-foot) Lucky Me, pictured above. Other yachts expected to hit the water this year included a 43-meter (141-foot) Displacement, 41-meter (135-foot) Semi-Displacement, and 46-meter (151-foot) Displacement.