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1929 Classic International 12m

EUR  450,000*
Barcelona, España
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Fully restored classic 12m

Tipo de motor/combustible:
Sencilla / diesel
Situado en:
Barcelona, España
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Precio actual:
EUR  450,000 Impuestos no pagados 

The first Italian 12 metre built, LA SPINA is offered for sale refitted and ready to sail. Teak deck, spotless interiors, and up-to-date mechanical installations. A historic classic racer, with the most beautiful lines imaginable.




Built by the Baglietto shipyards in 1929 to designs by Vincenzo Vittorio Baglietto and sailing under ‘I-1’, LA SPINA was the first 12m to come out of Italy and was designed to the Second International Rule (design no.123). Launched to her home port of Santa Margherita , LA SPINA was later named ‘LA VESPA’ (1948) and ‘CORSARA’ (1956) she has more recently returned to her original launch name.


Completely restored and refitted, LA SPINA now offers cruising or racing opportunities for up to 12 guests (with 6 crew) and perfect racing with 10-12.


Her specification highlights include:-

  • Restoration to the original rig and sail plan of the 12 International meters class
  • Interiors refitted preserving her original panels and furniture
  • Hand-crafted hatches
  • Electrical system running in copper pipe circuits
  • Elegant mahogany and maple boiserie
  • Majestic interiors
  • Magnificent elaborated interiors


The 12 International Metre is best known as the class of yachts used in America's Cup from 1958 to 1987 and is a rating class for sailboats that are designed to the International rule. The boats built according to this construction rule can fairly compete, while the rule leaves the freedom to choose on different design methods. The results are fast and competitive hulls offering spacious and comfortable interiors that facilitate the life on board of the crew during the regattas. The "12 Metre" does not refer to any measure of the boat while it comes from the sum of the variable included in the standard formula which construction parameters need to follow.




In 1929, Marquess Franco Spinola, a member of one of the most prominent families of Genoa and Admiral of the Military Navy, commissioned Vincenzo Vittorio Baglietto to design and build a pioneer sailing boat in Italy: the first 12 International Meters that would be named LA SPINA. For 10 years period (1929-1938), she became the flagship of the Italian Yacht Club, the first regatta club in Italy. In 1938 La Spina changed hands but continued to receive illustrious guests like the Savoia family and that was when she had a serious modification until she felt into oblivion and reached the Catalan coast. In 2007, a total restoration project began, returning La Spina to her original splendour. In February 2019, La Spina embarks on a new adventure. She moved to Barcelona with the intention of sailing again in the most prestigious regattas of the Mediterranean Classic Sailing circuit.




The restoration project was undertaken from 2005 to 2009, particularly delicate because it had to provide for both the restoration of the boat from the structure to the sailing rigging and the interior, as well as the search for the lost soul of the prestigious hull that seemed to have lost even the memory of its origins. Hence the most difficult task of facing a highly conservative but also critical restoration with the right spirit compared to the changes stratified during its almost eighty years of life. The project drawings made are many and include all aspects of the boat: the deck plan with a detailed study of all the manoeuvres, the general plans - the interior plan - which revolves around the panels and furniture, all original, the sail plan with the restoration of the original rig of the 12 International meters, the executive drawings of the mast and related hardware. The work was meticulous and went as far as drawing, to facilitate the execution of a myriad of missing details. In fact, the eyebolts on the deck, the ceiling lights, the wall lights, the fridge handles, the switches are not industrial production objects, but unique pieces created reflecting the concept of luxury expressed in the 1930s.


Even the design of the on-board uniforms was made based on research for the style of that time. The technical rooms were also considered an integral part of the furnishings, such as the kitchen which has the shelves of zinc furniture masterfully made following ancient techniques. The projects are always evolving those of restoration; this too did not stop on paper, but continued on-site, in close contact with the workers who patiently and professionally created every detail from the keel to the masthead.


Even where the work would remain invisible because it is hidden, the techniques adopted are the traditional ones, used by the Baglietto shipyards in 1929. For example, the nailing of the planks to the structure was carried out with more than 8,000 copper pins riveted from the inside; even the dovetail joints remain hidden within the corners of skylights and no eye can ever grasp and appreciate so much work. However, restoration is a cultural and conscientious act which, while recovering the object, also viscerally analyses the manufacturers' methods and reasons. For this purpose, the relationship with the workers, their value but also the humility of knowing how to listen to the advice of the designer who leads the philosophy of restoration is fundamental. A splendid orchestra made up of shipwrights, carpenters, caulkers, equipment, mechanical workshops, and foundries. Work faced not only with fatigue and technical ability but also with the awareness of the object, no longer treated as a boat to be repaired but as an operation to save a flag of the national maritime culture.


This of La Spina is a peculiar restoration because many choices have been made in agreement with the owner, aware that the design philosophy involved the use of traditional techniques and materials: in fact, epoxy resins or paints and two-component fairings are completely absent, which tend to plasticize the appearance of the surfaces, making it too perfect. Here the natural movements of the planking in the hull must be read as an added value, not as imperfection or dilapidation.


In the construction of the skylights and hatchers, I specifically asked the workers not to finish the pieces with mechanical tools but to work the last stages with manual tools, such as the planer which is a tool now almost completely disappeared from modern carpentry. The same philosophy has also been adopted in the interiors, where even the electric cables do not try to blend in with the white of the lower deck but pass inside copper pipes that almost enhance their inevitable presence. The same applies to the structure of the hull, which exposes itself proudly between the elegant boiserie in mahogany and maple and enhances the elegance of the interiors as if to highlight the double nature of this boat: thoroughbred racing outside and luxury home in her interiors.


Project: Studio Navale Faggioni, La Spezia; Refit: Shipyard Aprea Peninsula Navis, Sorrento;




RCD Status:

  • RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was first placed into use prior to 16th June 1998. 


Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:


  • Solid oak transversal reinforcements in wood embedded in the longitudinal keel
  • Solid oak longitudinal reinforcements used for the strength of the hull beam
  • Mahogany planking used for waterproofing the hull and for the transmission of local loads
  • The deck characterized by a gentle saddle and connected to the bulwarks by a "Sikta Spruce" belt-and-string connection


Keel & Rudder:

  • Lead ballasted keel




Engine & gearbox:

  • Diesel STEYR MOTORS Model MO 166 K28
  • Built in 2006
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Bore: 95 mm
  • Stroke: 120 mm
  • Displacement: 3,200 c.c.
  • Power: 163 HP at 2,800 RPM
  • Weight: 325 kg
  • Serial number 67226535
  • Date of last service: July 2019
  • Consumption: 7,00 l / h
  • Engine hours: 500 h Approximately - June 2020


Propulsion & Steering:

  • Folding propeller with adjustable blades




Voltage systems:

  • 12v DC domestic system with 220vAC system via shorepower, generator orinverter.
  • Distribution panel at the chart table with circuitbreakers
  • Ammeter, voltmeter, circuitbreaker



  • 6 x 2V batteries for a total voltage system of 12V



  • Installation prepared for, but not installed (Seacock, fuel inlet, batteries connection)



Fresh Water:

  • 500 l



  • 300 l


Heating & Ventilation:

  • Forced ventilation systems in the engine room




  • Plastimo Olympic 135 open compass
  • Raymarine VHF







  • Microwave
  • Electric oven
  • Gas kitchen (three burners)
  • 2 x Gas tank
  • Hot & cold taps
  • Sea waters tap



  • Model Mod Blakes. Shower, taps





Summary of Accommodation:

  • Sail locker, Crew quarter, Galley to starboard, Forward bathroom to port, Saloon, Single guest cabin to port, Owners Cabin to starboard, Aft bathrooms to starboard, Aft double guest cabin.
  • Total guests (sleeping): 6


Sail locker

  • Large sail cove with possibility of access from the deck as well as from the cabin below deck


Crew quarter

  • 2 x bulkheads beds



  • Three burner hobs
  • Cupboards with vents and customized clamp
  • Elegant serving hatch


Forward bathroom to port

  • Sink
  • Taps
  • WC Toilet
  • Beauty corner


Single guest cabin located to starboard

  • 1 x single bed
  • Cabinets
  • Drawers
  • Storage compartment


Owner's cabin located to port

  • 1 x double bed
  • Drawers
  • Storage compartment
  • 2 x very bright ceiling lights


Aft bathrooms to starboard

  • Sink
  • Taps
  • WC Toilet
  • Beauty corner


Double guest cabin located aft (distributed to starboard and to port of the access ladder on deck)

  • 2 x single beds
  • Cupboards
  • Drawers
  • Storage compartment


Accommodation Finish:

  • Light maple wood interior with mahogany fillets
  • Last century wooden interiors
  • The furnishings, bulkheads and floors are in fine wood, while the ceilings are made of bleached wood.





  • Sitka Spruce wood Mast reinforced with alloy collars
  • Wood boom
  • 1 x Jib stay
  • 2 x stern cable fairlead
  • 2 x gangway cable fairlead
  • 1 x boom power coupling wedge cup with 3 fixing bases
  • 2 x deck pulleys for runner return
  • 1 x mainsheet traveler
  • 8 x pad-eye
  • 10 x strength cleats
  • 5 x cleat



  • 2 x runner winches
  • 2 x mainsail winches
  • 2 x winch sheets, SPI, MPS
  • 1 x mainsail halyard winch,
  • 2 x GE-2 winches
  • 1 x SPI, MPS, GE-1 halyard winch



  • Sail Area: 173 m2 – 196 m2 (1930)
  • 1 x Spinnaker
  • 1 x Gennaker
  • 4 x Genoas: Light weight, Medium, Heavy and Transport
  • 1 x Mainsail


Anchoring & Mooring:

  • 1 x anchor windlass


Covers, Cushions & Canvas

  • Covering awning


General maintenance:

  • Sails New from 2007 but not used from 2009 until Feb 2019
  • Antifouling done March 2019
  • Engine fully review and checked every year (consumables are new)
  • Sides painted (professional yacht paint) March 2019
  • Rig: Full serviced in 2019
  • Sailing boat is varnished periodically as a general maintenance, as well as all installations aboard
  • New mattress in all cabins




General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.


  • 1 x Engine room extinguisher
  • Portable extinguishers
  • 1 x Bilge pump 100 l / min
  • 1 x Automatic Bilge pump 60 l / min
  • 10 x lifejackets
  • 10 x lifelines
  • 1 x Life raft
  • 1 x First aid kit
  • 1 x Pack of Hand flares, smoke signal and parachutes rockets



Lying: Barcelona, Spain


Available to view strictly by appointment


Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00

Saturday by prior appointment


For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.


Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only decide to view if you are actively considering purchase.


Lead Broker: Lucio Pellegrini – Grabau International (Spain)

Tel: +34 675 236 174 Email:

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