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Mario Amati, the founder of the historic shipyard Itama, passed away


mario amati_portraitMario Amati, the unforgettable founder of one of the most appreciated shipyards of the Italian nautical industry, the Cantieri Navali Itama in Rome, passed away on Saturday morning, at the age of 83.
Mario Amati used to define himself as a ‘modeler of the market needs’, as he was very keen on anticipating and interpreting trends, and he was also able to influence them. He introduced, during his long career, several successful innovations, such as metallic slipways, locating the cockpit on the stern, the patented submerged discharge tube: his attention to such details was aimed to make the difference and to best improve the quality of life on board. According to Amati, buying an Itama boat was just as buying a masterpiece.
Itama (‘Amati’ read from right to left) was founded in 1969 and specialized in luxury motorboats: it has, since then, been writing the history of Italian open boats. Its first model, the Itama 38, was “an open boat designed by those who loves the sea for those who love the sea”, to use Amati’s own words.
Itama motorboats were since the very beginning a cult object thanks to their elegant lines and the reliability of onboard technology. Their sleek and streamlined hull in timeless blue and white made Itama famous in nautical circles. Such characteristics have, over time, formed the precious identity of the brand which has made history with its continuous technological innovation.
Thanks to Amati’s vision and passion for top-performance boating and life at sea, Itama is today one of the best-known brands in the segment of fibreglass open yachts and is synonymous with the finest traditions of the Made-in-Italy products. Since 2004, Itama has been part of the Ferretti Group, which has further promoted it in the role of a prominent ambassador of the Italian style.