The founder of Itama Yachts has died at the age of 83, the Ferretti Group has announced

Ferretti Group has paid tribute to Mario Amati, the founder of Itama Yachts, who has passed away at the age of 83.

Amati, who gave his name to the Itama brand, was described as “a brilliant designer, and the inventor of a unique style and of iconic motor yachts”.

Itama was founded in Rome in 1969, with its elegant lines and reputation for reliability quickly gaining the brand a strong following.

And the founder was keen that his boats should maintain a distinct identity, saying: “Itama motor yachts do not change every year to follow trends.

“I make boats for those who live well and want to live even better. These boats are symbols of happiness”.

The range was acquired by Ferretti Group in 2004 and CEO Alberto Galassi was quick to pay respect:

“I thank a man whose vision, intelligence and work have left their red letter mark on international yachting.

“Mario Amati was a designer of unrivalled talent. A great Italian has left us. Proud to continue his work, the Ferretti Group gives its heartfelt thanks to Mr Amati and his genius and bids him farewell.”

The current Itama range includes 45ft, 62ft and 75ft models, with top speeds ranging from 34-50 knots.