Renato was born the 31st of August, 1935 in Pesaro (Italy). Since he was a child, he attended his town harbour and was passionate about the works on boats, especially fishing boats. This passion led him soon to acquire a great ability to understand the physical laws of buoyancy, the behaviour of the hulls at speed, the mechanical propulsion. One day Mr. Luciano Mochi Zamperoli managed to solve a serious problem that afflicted him with regard to a small boat he owned, and it was thanks to Renato that he didi it. His boat had navigation problems and with the intervention of Renato Raffaelli she returned at sea sailing perfectly. This was enough for the young Renato was called by Mr. Mochi to work for him, thus founding the Mochi Craft (which, in turn, was an important piece of yachting history for Pesaro and Italy). Cue the first vessel built entirely by the young Renato: a model called “Mochi Tahitian”.
After a few years, Renato started to suffer the fact of not being able to express what he felt inside. He felt limited in having to simply put his passion in something that was not its own creature. So it was that in 1962 he founded the Raffaelli Costruzioni Nautiche (Raffaelli Naval Shipyard). So Renato started his own shipyard and was among the first to use the layered fiberglass for his hulls: a turning point with respect to the use of wood that had been the only applicable technology so far. It was only the first of a long series of innovations that led Raffaelli to be one of the most modern shipyards in the market.
Model after model the company grew up every year and as of today it has built a total of over 1,500 boats. It is worth remembering the successful models created by the genius of Raffaelli.
Renato once said of his own creations that they were boats “for men of sea, other than a sea of men.”
A simple sentence that became so well known carved in time (we were in the 80s) and that is still so relevant today.
And so that now his son Giampiero, his closest collaborators and all workers of the company are continuing to let you feel those emotions given by a Raffaelli yacht when “it turns its bow off and, from the coast, enchanted eyes admire its wake” .