Giancarlo Ragnetti Discusses Perini Navi's US Presence

By Ben Roberts

After discussing the Perini Navi Group’s entrance into the motor yacht market at the Monaco Yacht Show, CEO of the leading Italian shipyard, Giancarlo Ragnetti, joined us aboard the stunning 38.15m sailing yacht P2 to discuss the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and the closing stages of 2011.

Perini Navi brought a showcase of stunning yachts to Monaco which enforced their position as the leading sailing yacht builders throughout Europe; however, we asked what Giancarlo Ragnetti expected to achieve from the show and how he was implementing his fleet into America.

This is a very important boat show for us because it’s probably the biggest in all the world and it’s the last one of the year,” explains Giancarlo. “The market for the states is for the motor yacht … we have the motor yacht and the sailing yacht, we started with sailing yacht in 1982, and we started with motor yachts three years ago; but sailing yachts are something which will help us through the difficult moments.”

When asked about the expansion of the Picchiotti Vitruvius motor yacht series into the United States, Giancarlo stated, “The best way is to find one owner which will give us the boat to introduce into Fort Lauderdale, which is the only way you can introduce Europe product in the best way.”

Perini Navi has introduced the established showcase of stylish superyachts, consisting of Felicita West, P2 and Antara, against the somewhat eventful backdrop of the 2011 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

By Ben Roberts
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