Italy’s yachting industry and the future of UCINA remains in a state of flux. The regional newspaper Il Secolo XIX reported last week that three of the ‘big brands’ who have pulled out of UCINA met in Rome to discuss setting up a new association that better represents their interests and to determine which companies would be ready to join them. Paolo Vitelli of Azimut-Benetti, Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi and the industrialist Beniamino Gavio who owns the Baglietto, Cerri and Bertram brands, met at Gavio’s industrial headquarters in Rome, where they were joined by Alberto Amico of the refit shipyard Amico & Co in Genoa.

Although all four brands specialise in yachts over 24m, it would appear that they do not intend excluding those smaller boat builders and suppliers who make up the bulk of UCINA membership. Likely candidates for the role of chairman of the new association include CRN’s Lamberto Tacoli (formerly vice-president of UCINA) and Beniamino Gavio. The new association would certainly subscribe to Confindustria, the main body representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy.

Read more about the effect of politics—and politicking—on Italy’s yachting industry in Issue 161 of The Superyacht Report.


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