Classic | Short, stylish cruisers
Paraggina 10, born elegance
The most recent model from the Giorgio Mussini & C. yard, based in Rapallo with offices at the historic Calata Marconi in Portofino, Liguria, offers yet more proof of the health of a nautical company that made its name with the successful Utility Portofino series. Construction of these elegant wooden launches, between 6.60 and 7.48 metres long, began in 1982 on the initiative of Giorgio Mussini, a true Portofino native born in 1939 and son of a skipper. At the age of ten he was already taking tourists out on boat trips to swim between San Fruttuoso and Paraggi. Now over 110 of the yard’s boats are on the water. 2003 saw the arrival of the Corvetta 24, a 7.50-metre fibreglass craft that evokes the lines of the famous 1930s Tigullio launches, and around forty have already been built. The latest, the flagship of the line, is called the Paraggina 10 and is a development of the Corvetta. She’s 10 metres long (11 metres LOA) and 3.50 metres wide, and is made of fibreglass with a false clinker hull by Tecnoresine in Aulla, near La Spezia, under exclusive licence from Mussini. As well as offering all the typical day-cruiser features, the below-deck spaces with maximum 1.80-metre headroom mean this boat also offers the opportunity to make short cruises, and can sleep up to four people.
The Paraggina is a favourite of Giorgio’s son Gaetano Mussini, born in 1966, who was even more precocious than his father in maritime matters! When he was seven he was already taking summer tourists to the buoys where the family’s boats for hire lay moored. Gaetano sought the help of Genoese architect Edoardo Miola for the design, but his father contributed his vast experience and, it must be said, his critical attitude! The result is a multipurpose miniyacht that can also be used as an elegant personal transport for prestigious hotels, a megayacht tender or an official launch.
The Paraggina 10 is easily stowed in a small boathouse, has a shallow draught, a size that allows her to enter any harbour, long enough range for coast-to-coast sailing and low maintenance needs, all packaged in a timeless classic style. And that’s not all - the yacht has a forward collision bulkhead, two aft flaps to keep topsides dry even in choppy seas and excellent manoeuvrability. She’s powered by twin Yanmar inboard turbodiesels, and a bow thruster simplifies mooring and approaching the jetty. There’s plenty of room to relax forward and abaft of the central helm station, especially on the roof of the low deckhouse, where there’s a generous sunpad and sturdy wooden handrail.
She also offers a roomy cockpit, which can be shaded by a bimini. The port unit, comprising an ice-chest, dual sink and gas cooker, faces the long starboard sofa. The collapsible table allows this to be converted into a double sunpad. An opening in the transom gives access to the beach deck with shower. There’s a second kitchen unit below deck with fridge, large sofas, cupboard and TV built into the toilet partition, plus a separate shower. The Paraggina 10 also features the yard’s hallmark, a plaited hemp-coloured cable running around the hull and acting a fender.
The tradition continues. The Mussini family carries on selling and hiring out its craft, just as they’ve been doing for over a quarter of a century, with the same passion and enthusiasm - because in the words of Giorgio’s father Gaetano, “It takes twenty years to gain a client, but only a few seconds to lose one!”