Published: Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Cantieri Navali Itama founder Mario Amati has passed away at the age of 83. Amati established Itama Motor Yachts in Rome in 1969, which was later acquired by Italian boat manufacturer Ferretti Group in 2004.

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The founder was a brilliant designer and the inventor of a unique style of iconic motor yachts deemed as “open yachts designed by those who love the sea for those who love the sea".

“The Itama motor yachts do not change every year to follow trends. I make boats for those who live well and want to live even better. These boats are symbols of happiness,” Amati once said about the style of Itama yachts.

Itama Founder Mario Amati Passes Away At 83

(Itama 75)

“On behalf of the Ferretti Group, and of those who love the sea and the Itama style, I thank a man whose vision, intelligence and work have left their red letter mark on international yachting,” says Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “Mario Amati was a designer of unrivalled talent. A great Italian has left us. Proud to continue his work, the Ferretti Group gives its heartfelt thanks to Mr. Amati and his genius and bids him farewell.”