Ferretti — Sail On
For the Love of SAILING
By Melissa Bryant
Sprinkled along Croatia’s southern coast lay the glimmering islands of the Dalmatian coast, where terracotta-roofed buildings nestled atop limestone-cliff mountains overlook the Adriatic Sea. Cruising along these crystal waters in the 1960s, two young brothers became captivated with sailing. Together, the boys — Alessandro and Norberto Ferretti — turned a childhood pastime into a business. The Ferretti name today stands for one of the most respected brands in the yachting industry. Their innovations in technology and artistry excellence sets them apart in a class all their own.
Before these seafaring brothers became pillars in the yachting world, they worked in another luxury industry — cars. Alessandro and Norberto Ferretti’s father owned a specialty car dealership where both brothers worked as car salesmen. Norberto, especially impressed by his youth at sea, persuaded his father to purchase a 5.7 meter boat for him, which became a catalyst for the incorporation of Ferretti Yachts in 1968. The brothers added a nautical division to their family dealership, with Norberto overseeing design and Alessandro handling business activities. In 1971, the Ferretti brothers unveiled at the prestigious Genoa Boat Show the first full-scale boat they constructed: a wooden motor-sailor equipped with boat sails and an engine. There, they met iconic Italian yacht-builder Luciano Mochi. “It was Luciano Mochi, my second idol after Carlo Riva, who pushed me to move from sail to motor. He was tall and had a powerful way of walking. I was 23 when at the Genoa show,” Norberto told Gale Publishing. “Mochi told me, ‘My compliments, you make beautiful things, but you have the advantage that with sail it is easier.’” Mochi was referring to the yachting industry’s recent adoption of motor engines. Following this advice, the Ferretti’s ushered in their first motor yacht designs for sports fishing during the early 1970s. Over time, fervent research and development with a particular attention to detail elevated Ferretti Yachts above its competitors.
Best of the Best
The Ferretti’s passion for yachting is apparent not only in their roots, but also in their dedication to providing the best yachting experience possible.
To view Ferretti Yachts 2014 collection and learn more about their design and technology, visit www.FerrettiGroupAmerica.com.