Ferretti Group’s Allesandro Tirelli at the Sydney International Boat Show


Iconic Italian luxury boat brand Riva was the first boat builder to develop a hybrid electric boat and will continue a long tradition of innovation and legendary quality.

Celebrating its 180th anniversary in June 2022 with a star-studded gala evening at Venice’s Gran Teatro La Fenice, the glitzy affair attended by David Beckham and Dolce & Gabbana co-founder Domenico Dolce, Riva yachts can be seen sailing on the sapphire waters of Portofino, Venice and Nice.

Ferretti Yachts 850 | Source: Ferretti Yachts

Beckham, Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino and Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc star in a short film shot on the Italian and French Riviera. Riva the persuaders! is inspired by an early 1970s action-comedy television series starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

The gala evening also saw the launch of the Riva Anniversario, a 10-metre wooden-hulled cruiser, built at the legendary Riva shipyard in Sarnico and scheduled for delivery in 2023.

Sarnico Shipyard
Picturesque Sarnico Shipyard | Source: Riva Yachts

Ferretti Group Global Sales and Marketing Director Allesandro Tirelli flew in from Italy to attend the 2022 Sydney International Boat Show and spoke to Iolande Skinner From The Deck about some of their recent releases as well as the direction future of the Italian luxury yacht builder.

The Ferretti Group includes some of Italy’s most important brands and manufacturers, including Riva, Pershing, Itama, Wally, CRN and Custom Line.

The Sydney International Boat Show was the perfect display for some of the highest quality yachts in Europe, including a Tiffany & Co inspired Rivamare 38.

Riva Rivamare | Source: Riva Yachts

Ferretti Group boats on display at the Sydney International Boat Show included four Ferretti, a Pershing and an Itama.

Allesandro outlined the challenges for the yachting industry over the next five years, saying a lack of stock, combined with an increased demand for sustainable yachts, will prove to be the biggest hurdle for the industry.

Alessandro also spoke about the Ferretti group’s commitments to sustainable development.

The market is very interested to hear what we are doing and generally the yachting industry is doing in terms of sustainability. It is clear that it is not as easy as for the automobile industry because a boat is very heavy, it is complex, it is necessary to provide not only the energy to move the boat but the energy to make live people in the boat.

Allesandro Tirelli, Ferretti Global Sales and Marketing Director

Larger boats require more power to propel themselves as they are generally much heavier than a comparably sized automobile and also a constant power supply for onboard equipment making it much more difficult to power them using electricity stored.

Despite this, he envisions continued growth globally for the yachting industry as people begin to see yachting as a viable alternative to more expensive vacations.

Yacht Riva 90' Argo
Riva 90′ Argo Yacht is an excellent example of luxury | Riva Yachts

Although Ferretti primarily deals in the 25+ meter market, Tirelli expects the entire marine industry to experience a boom in the coming years.

His prediction is that the 30-60 meter market will continue to grow over the next five years and Tirelli sees the charter market growing exponentially as well.

Ferretti has identified younger buyers who are looking to buy yachts in order to enjoy the freedom that only cruising on a yacht offers.

Ray White Marine are the exclusive stockists of all Ferretti Group brands in Australia. Sales Director Brock Rodwell sat down for a one-on-one chat with Iolande Skinner From The Deck, revealing his predictions for the superyacht industry.

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