Luxury Italian marque looks back

Ferretti have come a long way since this, their first model in 1968.

Founded by brothers Alessandro and Norberto Ferretti, this year they mark their 40th anniversary with a calendar of events across the world.

The Ferretti Group’s portfolio includes Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Apreamare, Mochi Craft, Custom Line and CRN.

The group now boasts 3,000 employees and for 2007 recorded a production value of ?933 million.

President of the Ferretti Group Norberto says: “I was little more than a boy when my father gave in to my protracted pleading and bought me the most important toy of my life, a small boat just 5.70 metres long.

“This was the beginning of an activity that began as a game and went onto become one of the Italian industry’s most extraordinary stories, leading to the creation of the Ferretti Group.”

The firm’s first main celebratory event takes place next April, a series of ‘privilege days’ for owners of Ferretti yachts. They will be run at Cattolica, the production site of some of the most prestigious models of the Ferretti fleet.

“On these special days the Marina Nuova at Cattolica will host the entire Ferretti Yachts, Mochi Craft and Custom Line fleet, all completely open to visit for clients and prospects, offering them two unique, unforgettable days to experience the excellence Ferretti,” the firm say. “The climax of the event is an exclusive dinner party for a limited number of guests at the Horses Riviera Resort.”

The end of the nautical year will be marked by a private concert at The Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

www.ferretti-yachts.com