The Origins

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”.

Raffaelli Naval Shipyard was born

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.

A Successful Story

The first boat was Raffaelli Compass Rose, a length of 9.40 meters with two engines 170 hp Perkins, a master cabin at bow with bathroom, two guest cabins and a kitchen in the cockpit. 
This was followed by the Regal 35 ‘(in two versions, Open and Fly-Bridge). It was the boat that has marked the courageous decision taken by Renato Raffaelli to switch from wood to that of fiberglass (hull and deck were built in fiberglass and the superstructure in wood). You can imagine the hesitation and apprehension of Mr. Raffaelli that in one hand boldly put one foot in the future, but the other had to deal with a leap into the unknown, related to the use of the new material for a marine use.
 Moreover we would like to point out that the successes went beyond the most optimistic forecasts of the shipyard. Models like the said Compass Rose, and also we talk about the Typhoon series (Typhoon Day, Fly and Super-typhoon) in the 70s, the Storm and the Mistral in late 80s, to reach the Maestrale, Levante and Shamal in the recent years. All models of success that have had several imitations.
 These are the models that, behind of the newer ones, constitute the actual range of our fleet. Clearly they have evolved in line with the new styles, tastes and design, as well as being obviously been enriched of features, equipment and, generally speaking, technology, keeping pace with the times. But they have not lost those inherent characteristics that have always characterized them: quality based on the pursuit of excellence and, particularly, security for the yacht, and for those who live it, in the harbors and, above all, during the navigation.
Just a few words for enclosing the whole Raffaelli philosophy

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” .